Wednesday, June 9, 2010

~ Rock'in Protein Smoothies ~

The kids and I have been enjoying smoothies in the morning. Smoothies are super easy and super nutritious. This is our basic recipe, we often throw in fruit that needs to be used up so it doesn't go to waste.
Basic Protein Smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup frozen raspberries
few chunks of frozen pineapple
1 tbsp extra - virgin coconut oil for healthy fats
1 tbsp of flax oil or ground flax seed
1 - 2 tbsp of raw honey
1 pasture raise high omega egg, whole
4 to 6 ounces if kefir for probiotic
enough raw milk to get it all moving in the blender
if we have it, we add a splash of carrot-orange juice, but we want to keep the sugar content low
Peanut Butter Banana Shake
3 frozen bananas
2-3 tbsp homemade soaked peanut butter
1 tbsp carob powder
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp real vanilla
1 pasture raise high omega egg, whole
enough raw whole milk to get it all moving in the blender
We haven't tried any other flavors. My kids find something they like and stick with it. Really the possibilities are endless, strawberry-kiwi, peaches n' cream, cherry vanilla, creamscicle, apple pie, banana coconut cream. I would really love a juicer so that we can add carrot and beet juices to our daily smoothie, but the wallet has yet to okay that purchase.
Another really great idea for your smoothie mix is to make popsicles. I love to add some chunks of fruit, like strawberries or raspberries before freezing. Use yogurt instead of milk so that your mix doesn't get to thin. Less liquid in your original mix equals less drips while you eat them. I think the frozen bananas lend a hand in providing that smooth, creamy texture that you get in a smoothie shop smoothie.

For those worried about the raw egg, check out my post on homemade mayo and using raw eggs. Salmonella is found on the outside of an egg, so I wash my egg with a little soap and water prior to putting it in the shake.
Do you have any recipes or flavors that you really love? If you are not a "fly by the seat of your pants person" and would like an exact recipe to one of the flavor ideas above, just let me know.

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