I tried something new for breakfast today…a smoothie! I’ve never had a smoothie for breakfast…or maybe at all. They always sound good, but I like crunch when I eat. It didn’t sound that appealing to just drink my food. But as I’m trying to heal my digestive system I realize I need more cultured dairy products. And this is an easy way to fit more in. This is a recipe from Nourishing Traditions. And it tastes great!!! Justin and I both really liked it. It was like a tropical shake (I used banana, strawberry and pineapple). Plus it’s so healthy with protein, fat, good bacteria and fruit. I like that it’s versatile. I mostly used their basic recipe but you could use any kind of fruit or veggie in this. I made it with yogurt today since that’s what I have. I’m hoping to make it with kefir soon…after I make some kefir 🙂 I was surprised by how easy this was to make. Only takes a couple minutes. I’m glad I tried it. I’ll be making smoothies more often for sure. I pretty much stuck to this recipe, except I only used one egg yolk instead of two. Ease into the whole raw egg thing 😛 This made a good amount for Justin and me to split.
*Edited 7/9/10 – Just wanted to add that these taste great with kefir too! And a variety of fruits. I’ll add a running list of combos I try.
*Edited 4/18/11 – I now make my smoothies with kefir, egg yolks, fruit/veg, coconut oil and honey to make them GAPS-legal.
**Also, if you are new to coconut oil, start with a small amount. It could be hard for your stomach to handle a lot at once if you don’t eat it regularly.
Cultured Milk Smoothie
Makes 3 cups
1 1/4 cups whole milk buttermilk, kefir or yogurt
1 ripe banana or 1 cup berries (fresh or frozen) (I use a combo of fruit and avocado)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil (preferably in liquid form to mix well. melt it first if it’s solid)
2 egg yolks (I use 3 yolks for a full blender of smoothie)
3-4 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
Place fruit, avocado and kefir in blender and process until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and process until well blended.
I usually serve it in a tall glass with some chunks of fresh fruit added.
Fruit/Veg combinations we’ve tried (and liked)
*Strawberry, banana, pineapple
*Cherry, blueberry, pineapple, avocado
*Strawberry, banana, blueberry
*Blueberry, peach, banana, avocado
*Strawberry, kiwi, avocado
*Blueberry, cherry, avocado
*Strawberry, pineapple, avocado
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