Lyla and I love to share a smoothie in the morning. She’s old enough now to “help” me in the kitchen and one of her favorite things to help with is making smoothies.
After we make our smoothie, I pour some into her little cup and let her pick out a colorful, reusable straw. We cuddle on the couch wrapped in warm blankets, sip our smoothies, and this mama gets to watch a few minutes of the news. It’s the best kind of morning.
My definition of a great smoothie has changed over the years and the recipe below is my current favorite concoction. Smoothies offer the perfect opportunity to pack in a ton of great little extras to give your body a nice kick-start. This recipe provides your body with a couple servings of fruit, a dark leafy green, protein, calcium, good-for-the-gut probiotics, and a jolt of great fat from the coconut oil.
- ¾ cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 banana (Lyla loves being in charge of breaking up the banana to put in the blender cup)
- ½- 3/4 cup frozen blueberries (use more or less depending on the consistency you like)
- Handful of kale or spinach (fresh or frozen)
- Enough juice to get the blender going and the consistency you want with your smoothie. We buy a green plant juice from Trader Joe’s that contains some chlorella and spirulina.
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Probiotics (This is the kind I give to Lyla)
- 1 small or medium beet, steamed and peeled (I buy ours already prepared this way from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 Tbsp gelatin (I recommend gelatin that comes from grass fed cows)
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ of an avocado
Add all smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
I prefer to use our immersion blender for making smoothies, so I pop the yogurt, banana, juice, and coconut oil into the blender cup and blend that up. Once those ingredients are nice and smooth, I add in the blueberries and kale. I find that blending the softer ingredients first and then adding in the frozen stuff makes for easier blending. Do whatever works for you!
Feel free to use fruit other than blueberries. We just like the combo of banana and blueberry, but mango or mixed berries are great options too. I like the smooth texture that the banana adds to the smoothie.
Beets make a fabulous addition as well! They have a mild flavor and add a beautiful color to the smoothie that will not scare away a picky eater. Use a small beet for your first attempt if you aren’t sure if you will like this addition.
What is your favorite smoothie ingredient?
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