They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although some people have had great success with intermittent fasting, which basically means skipping breakfast, it is important to have a good breakfast, if you have anything at all. No faux food that enters your car through a window.
No time to cook? Have a smoothie! I discovered smoothies more than twenty years ago when we lived in Hawaii. At that time, I made this smoothie with pineapple juice. After moving to our homestead and producing our own dairy products, now we use my homemade goat milk yogurt.
This recipe is incredibly easy to use for one, two, or three servings. Just put everything in the blender, and blend!
For each serving, pour in one cup of plain yogurt. If you don’t have your own homemade yogurt, buy plain yogurt with no added sugar or added ingredients, such as thickeners or artificial colors or flavors. You also want to be sure that store-bought yogurt has active live cultures.
A lot of the most popular brands don’t contain live cultures, so be sure to read the label. If there are not active cultures, then you’re losing out on the biggest benefit of yogurt. No active cultures basically means it’s not any better than plain milk. Most of us really should be eating more fermented or cultured foods — in other words, live foods.
(This is two cups because I’m making two servings.)
Add one banana for each serving.
Add about 10 frozen strawberries for each serving. For variety, you can also use 2/3 cup of frozen blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and mangos. The only berry I don’t recommend in smoothies is mulberries. Unless you want to snip the stems from every single mulberry, it feels like there is straw in your smoothie. I absolutely love fresh mulberries, and they are great in baked goods, and I don’t notice the stems at all in those situations, but since a smoothie is, well, smooth, and the stems don’t get pulverized in my blender, it’s not a pleasant experience to put frozen mulberries in my smoothies.
Normally I’ll also throw in a tablespoon of flax seeds, but I ran out yesterday! Before I had to cut wheat out of my diet, I’d add wheat bran or wheat germ. Chia seeds is another possible addition.
If you’re used to sweet things, you might want to add a little honey or maple syrup, but I love it with no added sweetener. The more ripe the bananas, the more sugar it has, which means the smoothie will be sweeter when you use riper bananas.
And once it’s blended, drink up!
What are some of your favorite smoothie combinations?
Here’s a dairy-free smoothie recipe!