Today I thought I’d post a favourite smoothie recipe of mine that I’ll be mixing up on the Healthy Eating Stage. I basically designed this recipe for myself to enjoy as a nourishing quick breakfast if I’m pushed for time and it makes me feel full and energised all morning. I love making up my own healthy meal replacement shakes as I know exactly what’s in them and what I’m putting into my body. Most store bought shakes are filled with fillers such as dextrins, milk solids and dry milk powders, vegetable gums, hydrogenated vegetable oils, gluten and artificial sweeteners that can often cause gastrointestinal disturbances and bloating, so it just makes sense to keep it real and made from pure + natural wholefoods.
What’s great about it:
I like to vary the ingredients I use depending on how I feel and what’s looking good at my green grocers. I love to throw in fruits such as berries, apple, pomegranate, kiwi and papaya which are great for gut health and immune system. I also throw in leafy greens such as baby spinach or kale for folate and calcium. To make the meal complete I always add natural protein.
1 fruits and vegetables + boosters (antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre )
2 Natural + pure protein (supports recovery and repair + a immune system).
3 Fluid (this can come from water, coconut water, kefir, yoghurt or your choice of milk such as seed, nut, dairy, rice etc). I love using seed and nut milks as they are loaded with minerals and vitamins to help fight off free radicals and nourish the body.
4 Omega 3: chia, walnut or flaxseed add a boost of fibre and omega 3 that can aid digestion and elimination.
5 Probiotics: Good bacteria that help protect your immune system. I love adding concentrated powders or using fermented foods such as yoghurt with live cultures or kefir.
Here’s my recipe:
1 cup (150 g) blueberries
1 cup (250 ml) coconut water or your choice of water, milk etc
2 tablespoons Healthy Chef Pure Protein
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Organic Superfood
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon goji berries
1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder
ice to blend – optional
Combine berries, coconut water, protein powder, organic superfood, chia seed, goji berry, probiotics and ice if using into a high performance blender like a Vitamix.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy snack.
Nutritional info per serve:
Protein 30.3 g
Total fat: 2.4 g
Saturated: 0.7 g
Carbs: 20 g
Sugars: 19 g
Fibre: 4.8 g