Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recipe: Simple Breakfast Smoothie

This is a simple recipe for a breakfast smoothie I adapted from a elimination diet program that I recently did. It's wonderful that smoothies are as quick and easy to prepare as they are. (Cleanup is a snap, too.) And there are many, many recipes out there for smoothies. However, I like this one because it is so simple, because it uses whole foods, and because it is a balanced source of macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins). And depending on what ingredients you use, this smoothie can become a powerhouse of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. (Hint: if you use more colorful fruit, such as berries, peaches, or mangoes, the nutritional value skyrockets.) Here's the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup rice, soy, almond, or oat milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit of your choice
  • 8 ice cubes
Blend the first two ingredients together for approximately 1-2 minutes, until thoroughly blended. Add remaining ingredients, blend thoroughly, and enjoy.
There are many variations on this recipe. Here are some of my favorites:
  • Add a splash or two of coconut milk for a creamier texture and for healthy medium-chain fatty acids.
  • Substitute almonds or walnuts (soaked overnight) for the cashews.
  • Blend a date with the nuts and milk for a sweeter flavor.
  • Add 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or ginger.
  • If using a banana as fruit, add 1 tsp coffee substitute.
  • Add 1 tsp ground flax seeds.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract.
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