I usually follow a standard breakfast smoothie recipe, adding other ingredients depending on what I have in and what I fancy. I go where my mood takes me.
Smoothies are great for breakfast. They taste better freshly prepared but, to save time, I often make enough for two and keep the extra portion in the fridge for the following day. A useful hack for busy weekday mornings.
The below base ingredients, with or without a couple of optional extras, makes more than enough for one large portion.
Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
½ tin of coconut milk
3-5 tbsp blueberries*
1 tbsp protein powder*
1-2 handful/s spinach*
1 tbsp nuts (sometimes I use chia seeds, other times cashew nuts, often walnuts)
*I use frozen blueberries. They keep forever (ish) but, more importantly, make the smoothie nice and cold.
*I use unflavoured, vegan-friendly pea protein. No rules against adding a flavoured powder, if preferred.
*I often use frozen spinach, which also keeps the smoothie cold.
Other fruits (frozen or fresh): I’ve tried banana, pear, peach, mixed berries, mango and pineapple
Water and/or coconut water and/or ice
Kale, in addition to or instead of spinach
1 raw egg yolk (it goes without saying the quality of the eggs must be top notch, and obviously bear in mind that the health and safety guidance on raw eggs varies. All I can say is I like it, but I can only speak for my experience)
½ lime, juiced
½ tsp wheatgrass
1 tbsp tahini
1-2 tsp coconut sugar or honey
1 tsp ginger*
*I use frozen chopped ginger.
I add all my ingredients (base and optional) to a large jug and mix together using a NutriBullet. The ease and lack of cleaning make me favour this method, although a normal food processor, blender or hand blender will also do the trick.
Once blended, serve up. If there’s extra or I’ve purposefully made lots, I pour the remainder into a sealed container (I use soup cups) and put in the fridge for later.
Smoothies are infinitely customisable. To the above, for example, yoghurts or milks could easily be used as a substitute for coconut milk.
Experiment with ingredients and quantities, like I’ve done. You’ll end up with something you can call your own which is easy to prepare, tastes delicious and is super healthy.
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