i'm trying to get back into smoothies. another option to add protein is Jensen gelatin (from mostly grassfed cows!). i've heard good things about parsley in the smoothie, gotta try it! i suppose it has to be fresh to have that energizing effect, all i have at the moment is dried. must remember to pick some up.
fruit: usually berries. sometimes mango, banana, or apple
liquid: yogurt, kefir, coconut milk or coconut water
protein: gelatin, sometimes egg yolk when my hens are laying good
veg: spinach usually, recently tried kale too. want to try parsley. also need to try kelp and alfalfa. thinking of getting a greens powder for the times when i'm out. a few years ago i tried garden of life perfect food powder and thought it was nasty (just mixed w/water, wasn't doing smoothies then) so i fed it to my chickens. so wish i had it now. live and learn.
misc (one or more of these, depending on mood): raw honey, stevia, raw cocoa, probiotics, bee pollen, oj concentrate, coconut spread or coconut oil
mama to DS born 9/7/05, DD born 8/20/07, DS born 9/4/10 and DS born 11/26/13
Loving our chaotic, crunchy, homeschooling life!
Remember bee pollen! Amazing stuff.
Mama to two sweet boys, a 7yo and a toddler .
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I make either a keifer/yogurt based smoothie or a greens smoothie. When I use greens, i don't use dairy. I just don't love that combination of dairy and greens. For the green smoothie I use spinach, dandelion, beet greens, chard or mustard greens, a little water or orange or apple juice and some fruit - banana or blueberries and then some ice. Sometimes a little coconut milk for fat
One keifer smoothie that my son LOVES is the "milkshake". I only make it once in a while as it's pretty rich, but it is SO GOOD!!: Homemade whole milk keifer or coconut keifer, coconut water and coconut cream, a big scoop of homemade balinese cashew butter (just cashews in the food processor with a few drops of water), a scoop of almond butter or peanut butter, cacao powder, a little honey (optional), frozen banana and flax seed oil. It tastes like a chocolate peanut butter coconut milkshake!
This is what we do:
few handfuls of fresh chopped berries: we like blue berries and strawberries
few chunks of apple or fresh mango
and lots of organic spinach
We normally use apple juice to mix it all up. But I have also been known to make myself a 'breakfast smoothie' with milk or almond milk, but to do this I would tweek the recipe first to make it more 'breaskfast-y and maybe through in a raw egg as well. I also LOVE throwing in just a few very fresh mint leaves into my morning smooties. This adds a great, fresh taste and gives me a bit of a pick-me-up.
We switch our greens out every few weeks or so..as to not get to bored with the taste.
Smooties are so fun! You get to play around with your foods and customize the taste and nutrition to you and your family. We also use different smooties when we are sick, to give us certin vitamen boosts, to help our bodies heal. :)
Magickal Mama to DD (6) & DS (3). Soul mate to DH.
Have you heard of Shakeology? It is loaded with all kinds of herbs, superfoods, greenfoods, probiotics, enzymes, protein, and fiber. I've made my own smoothies for my husband for years using fresh fruit and almond milk, and various superfoods, but he raves about how he feels drinking a Shakeology smoothie. I've seen some good results with other folks too. So, that is our new staple. You might be interested in trying it. When I make it, I add almond milk and fresh or frozen fruit.
Just noticed that a lot of your smoothie's are filled with sugary things... and also kefir. That makes it the perfect opportunity to make the smoothies a day in advance and let it ferment for a while before eating. That will get rid of some of the sugar and also boost the probiotic content.