I’ve been drinking these daily. I know, I know: it’s cold outside and a hot breakfast–especially eggs–would be a delight. But, I hate taking vitamins, so this is my solution.
The new job is going well and I might be starting to get into a groove, although I’m always early going in and late leaving. But, the job is never finished!
I might even feel like exercising in the morning one of these days…Weird thing is: I have been waking up at 5:30 a.m. but I don’t need to leave until 8 at the earliest to get to work on time.
If I could take pictures of what I do with that time that wouldn’t come out all blurry I would. It goes like this.
- I make a cup of coffee with coconut oil.
- I check my email.
- I make a cup of nettles tea with a lemon and a dash of cinnamon.
- I play with the dog and feed him breakfast.
- I watch the news and check Facebook.
- The dog hops on my lap.
- We look at Pinterest until 6:30 a.m.
- I make the smoothie.
- We go back to cuddling and looking at the interwebs until 7 a.m.
- Then I get ready.
The Hobo and Christy cuddle times is the highlight of my day. But clearly I could fit exercise in there. But I haven’t. Maybe only 3 times in the past month. Which means I have been shoving it in at the end of the day after I get home between 6:30 and 7 p.m. I fall asleep between 9 and 10 p.m.
The week flies by!
I make this smoothie, in part, because I can’t seem to find time to eat during the day or at night. I need all the help I can get with vitamins and goodies.
As you can see below, there are a bunch of ingredients thrown in, but you can modify them to your liking (and to your cupboard!) as needed.
The Green Superfood tub has been a lifesaver for helping me avoid taking vitamins in pill form. I did heavy research on which one was the best. The flavor is imperceptibly healthy.
The Aloe Vera Juice pictured in my photo is not the best brand for quality, but I needed it fast and didn’t want to wait for an Amazon shipment. I linked to an ideal choice.
The Sunsweet Naturals Suprafiber I hunted for as well. My tummy doesn’t do well with aggressive fibers, so I found one that was psyllium and grain free. It’s fruit-based!
Everything else is “standard” smoothie fair. Flax milk, ground flax seed, almond butter (that’s only almonds, nothing else), frozen berries, and spinach.
The liquids go in. I don’t measure. I just pour in a approximately 1/4 cup each of the Aloe Vera Juice and the Flax Seed Milk.
Oh, I recently switched from Hemp milk to Flax Seed milk because it had fewer ingredients and seemed more natural. I bought the one that said it had added protein. The protein is from peas! This product is great for getting those omegas in!
Sprinkle in some delicious fiber powder. Then add in the Green Superfood!
Sprinkle in the ground flax seed. (I grind my own to save money.)
Pop in some beautiful frozen raspberries. Actually, I usually use blueberries but I was all out, so I dipped into the hubby’s raspberries.
Spinach! Then the quintessential almond butter. Adds creaminess and deliciousness.
Blend in whatever you have! This is a really old mini blender that could use some handscrubbing TLC.
It was extra, extra healthy, but not good. So, this sat in my fridge until today–when I bought groceries.
This big guy is important. Oh so very important to the overall texture and enjoyability of a smoothie. Don’t forget it or try to do without! You’ll regret it!
You can always cut out the raspberries or do half of a banana if you want to cut back on the fruit sugars.
Now, drink up for your health!
The dog is staring at me as I type. He looks really needy, so I’ll finish this up!
I’ll be experimenting with more flavors in smoothies as the months go on:
- pineapple + banana + coconut milk
So check back for more!
Do you have any favorite combinations?
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera juice
- 1/4 cup Flax seed milk (or hemp, almond, or coconut milk)
- 1 tbs. Vitamin powder (I use Green Superfood)
- 1 tbs. Fiber powder (I use Sunsweet Suprafiber)
- 1 tbs. Ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup berries (raspberries, blueberries or blackberries)
- 1/4 cup baby spinach (or kale!)
- 2 tbs. almond butter (just almonds--no other ingredients)
- 1 banana (or 1/2)
- You can blend all of these in waves since they might not all fit in un-blended form. I usually stick with liquids first, so nothing sticky gets stuck where the blades can't reach. That's it!