I don’t often eat breakfast — see my previous post for my explanation. But when I do, this is what I will eat most of the time.
It is often the easiest way to pack a ton of nutrition into my kids for the rest of the day, and I know that they will have most of what they need in this meal. The absolute easiest way to make this shake is to first make the health bar (see recipe here) and then add it to the shake with vegetables
Morning Smoothie/Shake Recipe
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I always start my smoothies with berries. Most often, I will use wild frozen blueberries as my first choice, but strawberries, blackberries and cranberries are also popular. For the kids, the berries add lots of great color to the smoothie (so I can hide other ‘healthy stuff’) and they provide many beneficial antioxidants.
Here is my typical list of shake/smoothie ingredients:
- ½ cup to 1 cup of berries
- Half an avocado
- Half a carrot
- A handful of spinach or kale
- A ripe banana (for kids only)
- ¼ cup of hemp seeds
- 1 tsp of grass-fed butter
- 1 tbsp of shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1-2 tbsps of nut butter (almond, macadamia, cashew, peanut)
- 1-2 tbsps of presoaked chia seeds
- A handful of pumpkin seeds
- A couple of chlorella tabs
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- Probiotics (powdered mixed into shake — for kids only)
- Cocoa butter, unsweetened or semi organic chocolate, or honey (optional)
Once per week, I will use a base of coconut milk — I usually use a 1/2 can. Otherwise, I use water or homemade almond milk.
I will blend it all together, then add either 1 scoop of grass-fed collagen (bulletproof collagen) or grass-fed New Zealand whey protein and blend again for a few seconds. I typically blend the kids’ shake until it is almost liquid and add more water to make it runnier so they can use a glass straw. I like my shake thick enough that I can chew and use a spoon.
To make life easy, and allow the kids to help, I will place all shake ingredients in the bottom shelf of the door of the fridge. Easy access for all!
I have been inspired by Ben Greenfield’s How To Make A Skinny Fat Shake, which you watch below: