One of the top questions I receive on a regular basis is “What do you feed your family for breakfast?”
Well, everyone in our family drinks the same smoothie for breakfast every day. I start my kids on it when they are about 1 years old and we all drink exactly the same amount. It takes no more than 5 minutes to prepare… plus it’s yummy, inexpensive and satisfying! It can be easily adapted to accommodate a 100% raw food lifestyle or for any particular allergies you may have.
You’ll notice there’s not a whole lot of ‘sweet’ fruits (like peaches, grapes, or pineapple) in this recipe… I stick to using berries with a low fructose content and only a small amount of banana to sweeten up the smoothie. That’s because you don’t want to spike your blood sugar in the morning and crash it soon after. This smoothie is designed to sustain you with good protein, healthy fats, and a butt load of excellent nutrition to keep your mind and body going strong!
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Healthy Breakfast Smoothie for All Ages
This recipe is for 4 servings, but it can be scaled to any serving size – larger or smaller. I’ve listed the individual servings in (parentheses).
All ingredients I used in the video were Organic.
- 1 Cup Blueberries – Fresh or Frozen (1/4 cups per person)
- 4-6 Strawberries – Fresh or Frozen (Approx. 1-2 Strawberries per person)
- 1 Banana – Fresh or Frozen (Approx. 1/4 Banana per person)
- 4 Cups Milk Alternative – Almond, Rice, Soy, Coconut (dilute canned coconut milk), Etc… (1 cup per person)
- 2 Teaspoons Spirulina Powder (1/2 tsp. per person)
- 1 ½ Tablespoon Flax Oil or Coconut Oil (Approx. 1 tsp. per person)
- ¼ Heaping Cup Nut Butter (Peanut, Almond, Cashew, etc.) (1 heaping TBSP per person) – You can also substitute the Nut Butter for Raw Nuts… soak them first for a creamier consistency.
- ¼ Cup Instant Baby Rice Cereal or Brown Rice Protein (1 TBSP per person) – You can substitute this for Hemp Protein if you are trying to stay 100% Raw.
- 3 Cups of Ice (Approx. 3/4 Cups of Ice per person)
Optional / Additional Ideas:
- ¼ Cup Chia Seeds (1 TBSP per person)
- Handful of Washed Spinach or Green Leafy Lettuce
- ¼ Cup Hemp Protein (1 TBSP per person) – ** SEE Note about Hemp Below **
- ¼ Cup Fresh or Dried Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (1 TBSP per person)
- Serve with Granola if extra sustenance is need.
Additional Supplements to Consider:
I serve the following additional supplements to my children/family every other day.
- Fish Oil (I use Nordic Naturals Strawberry Liquid for the babies ages 1-2, I add into their smoothie and they don’t even know it’s there – I use the chewable gel caps for my kids ages 2-6, then the swallow kind after that).
- Probiotic (I use Culturelle or the Costco Trunature brand. I stir in the contents of 1 Probiotic capsule into the kids (under age 5) smoothies and the rest of us swallow one capsule every other day).
- In VitaMix, combine all ingredients in order listed.
- Start on Variable Speed 1, working your way up to 10, then to High.
- Blend until all ingredients are running smoothly through the machine and everything is well blended.
- Smoothie should be thick and creamy.
- Serve immediately.
Yields: Approximately 8 cups. (I serve 16 ounces (2 Cups) per person in a mason jar… so this recipe feeds 4.)
Preparation & Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!
** NOTE: A lot of people want to know about using ‘Hemp’ Protein. I think it is a fantastic protein alternative with so many wonderful nutritional benefits and a great taste. It does NOT in any way have the same affects or addictive qualities of Marijuana and is sold in most stores as a legal protein. However, our family chooses not to use it because it does share a similar protein strain that can show up on some drug testing. We have NOT had this happen, but since we are routinely drug tested for work and adoption/foster care, we never want to leave room for someone to question our drug-free lives. Hope that helps! =)