My Breakfast Smoothie Habit

Three years ago, I started a new habit in my life that has played a key part in keeping me on track with my health with my busy lifestyle.  It is quick, easy and packed with nutritious raw ingredients that give me tons of energy throughout the morning.   What I love most is the fact that once this became a habit in my life, I could rely on it being a guaranteed nutritious, energy packed first meal of my day, with very little time or planning needed.

A quick note on raw foods and why they’re so great.  Raw foods still have their beneficial enzymes since they have not been destroyed by heat.  One benefit of consuming raw foods (enzymes) is that you will not feel tired after you eat (aka food coma).  When eating foods where the enzymes have been destroyed, in order to digest you will instead pull enzymes from your body resulting in you feeling fatigued and run down.  When eating raw foods, you let the enzymes from the food do the work!

 

Some helpful tips for making this a habit in your life…

–  Pre-mix dry ingredients once/week (7 servings) into 7 separate tupperware containers (takes about 15 minutes)

–  Each morning, mix one serving of the dry ingredients with your wet ingredients in a blender and blend! (takes about 6 minutes)

–  Smoothie is best made fresh each morning – once blended, over time it will oxidize and loose nutrients and enzymes

–  If you are out of a certain nut or seed, no worries…just replace it with another one that you have

–  When bananas get very ripe and you are not ready to use them, peel, break in half, put in a ziploc and freeze

–  Dried dates or other fruit can be used in place of the banana

–  Highly recommend a Blendtec or Vitamix blender to get a smooth consistency – pricey but worth it!  Another less expensive option is the Nutri-bullet which makes single servings

–  Use organic ingredients when possible to reduce pesticide/herbicide intake

 

Danielle’s Raw Superfood Smoothie

Dry Ingredients:

1  1/2  Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

10 Raw Almonds

3 Whole Raw Walnuts

1 Raw Brazil Nut

2T  Shredded Unsweetened Coconut Shavings (or replace with 1T Coconut oil)

1/2 tsp  Raw Maca Powder

1T  Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (skip this if grains are not for you – replace with a nut or seed)

3 Tbsp Raw Seeds – whatever you have on hand – I usually do the following:

–  1/2 Tbsp  Raw Hulled Pumpkin Seeds

–  1/2 Tbsp  Raw Hulled Sunflower Seeds

–  1/2 Tbsp  Raw Unhulled Sesame Seeds

–  1/2 Tbsp  Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds

–  1 Tbsp  Raw Chia Seeds

 

Add the items below with caution (not the tastiest)!  See how much of these you can ‘hide’ in your smoothie and get their great nutritional benefits.  The more you add the better you’ll feel and the more energy you’ll have!

1/4 tsp  Spirulina or Chlorella powder

1/2 tsp  Moringa or Wheatgrass Powder

 

Wet Ingredients

1  Ripe Banana

1/2 cup  Wild Blueberries

1/2 cup  Coconut, Soy or Almond milk (I use coconut milk from a can as it is least processed, if buying  from a carton make sure it does not contain Carrageenan)

1/2 cup water

~ 8 ice cubes