Berries and Cream Smoothie
Hey hey!! How about a quick Saturday afternoon post with an equally quick breakfast berries and cream smoothie? I mix up a smoothie nearly every morning as I’ve found that it’s a great way to get a lot of healthy nutrients to start the day. In addition to fruit, I always add some sort of healthy fat like coconut milk, almond milk, nut butters or yogurts to keep me from getting the mid morning munchies.
My basic smoothie equation is two servings of fruits, 1/2 cup of greens and 1 cup of liquid or a mix of yogurt and liquid. Then I often add up to a tablespoon of flax meal, chia seeds, maca powder or a nut butter. I almost never add in any kind of additional sweetener as I have discovered that using a ripe banana is all I need for smoothies to be perfectly sweet. If you desire a little extra sweetness, add some honey. In this berries and cream smoothie, I use a banana and a mixture of strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Then I added spinach which is my green of choice. You can add kale or chard if you prefer but they do have a stronger flavor so I’ve found that spinach is the easiest to blend into smoothies if you don’t want to taste the flavor of greens. As a power boost, I mixed in 2 teaspoons of maca root powder which is grown in the Andes Mountains of Peru. All of the super nutrients and amino acids in the maca root provide an energy boosting increase in stamina and helps improve immune function as well as hormonal balance. Some say it’s been dubbed the Peruvian Viagra having the ability to boost libido. I used coconut milk kefir and almond milk as my liquids and this smoothie turned out deliciously creamy 🙂 It’s the kind of creamy that gives you a happy milk moustache. You can’t help but giggle when you’re wearing a milk (or smoothie) moustache!
- 1 ripe banana
- 10-12 strawberries or blackberries or mix of both
- handful of blueberries
- ½ cup spinach
- ½ cup coconut milk kefir (or coconut milk, dairy kefir or yogurt)
- ½ cup almond milk (or dairy milk)
- 2 teaspoons maca root powder (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
In place of maca, you can also add chia seeds or flax meal.
Try adding a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter like almond or cashew butter for a nutty taste.