Toast, cereal, and pop tarts (blueberry was my favorite) used to make up 90% of my breakfasts every morning. They were quick and easy and got me on my way.
They truly had their place at the time but now that I’m mostly grain-free, they just won’t do.
I still need a fast and easy breakfast but now I have more requirements. It has to be grain-free and healthy, too.
Quick and Healthy Breakfast Smoothie
What I love most about smoothies is that they are in the raw.
Raw uncooked foods contain essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are destroyed after the cooking process.
Basically it’s the difference between eating live foods and dead foods. I wish I could incorporate more raw foods into my diet but it’s definitely a challenge, except for when it comes to breakfast smoothies!
To make a smoothie you’ll need a really good blender.
I used to own an Osterizer blender. It wasn’t awful but it really only blended the ingredients that were at the bottom. Everything else had to pushed down with a spoon and then pulsated every couple of seconds. The process of blending anything at all took absolutely forever. And that doesn’t make for a quick breakfast.
I now own a Vitamix blender and it is awesome. It blends anything (including frozen fruits) like butter. If you want to make smoothies regularly, I’d say the Vitamix is a necessity.
3 ripe bananas
1/2 head of kale (spinach, romaine or parsley will work too!)
2 10oz. packages of frozen fruit
(peaches, mangos, or strawberries work great)
2 Tablespoons flax seed oil
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
enough water (or coconut water) to fill about 3/4 of the way to the top
Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into cups or glasses and serve immediately.
If you make smoothies every day try to rotate your greens. If you use kale one day, use a different green the next day. You’ll also want to add soluble fiber fruits to your smoothie. Soluble fiber fruits include fruits like bananas, peaches, mangos, and strawberries. They will add a nice creamy texture to your drink.
I like to add flax seed oil as well as flax seeds to my smoothie because they have great health benefits. The flax seeds will get ground up in the blender and you won’t even notice they are there! More on the benefits of flax seeds.
When I make smoothies in the morning, I make enough to feed my family of four. If your family is smaller or you just want a single serving, you’ll need to cut down on the amount of ingredients.
When I first started making smoothies I really had no idea what I was doing!
This video really got me started in the right direction. It also taught me all about soluble and insoluble fruits. If you’re interested in learning more, take a look!
Because flax seeds are fibrous they should be taken with plenty of water. Always talk to your doctor before trying any dietary supplements. Please do not take this as medical advice. I am not a doctor and cannot medically advise.
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1/2 head of kale (spinach, romaine or parsley work too!)
- 2 10oz. packages of frozen fruit
- (peaches, mangos, or strawberries work great)
- 2 Tablespoons flax seed oil
- 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
- enough water (or coconut water) to fill about 3/4 of the way to the top
- Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into cups or glasses and serve immediately.