This is the time of year (and basically the only month) I really enjoy morning smoothies. So much is available, and there are so many smoothie variations with veggies and fruits and proteins and bases that it’s definitely feasible to have something different every single day. I’ve been experimenting a lot with what’s in my backyard or available at the farmers market or generally in season at the grocery store. What I look for in a good smoothie is fresh produce, a protein kick, and delicious flavor combinations. When I make smoothies, I often put them into a bowl, top with fresh fruits, hemp seeds, nuts, chia seeds or granola and eat them like a bowl of cereal. This tricks your brain into feeling fuller longer, and of course adding in extra protein sources helps to substantiate your smoothie. This can include protein powders of your choice, nut butters, hemp seeds, yogurts, chia seeds and tahini (ground sesame seeds). Experiment with your flavors, and try to get in at least 7-10g of protein in a morning smoothie. Personally, I have a smoothie in addition other foods (as breakfast is often the biggest meal of my day). As always, I encourage you to actually sit down, take some to eat the smoothie (even if it’s only 5 minutes), and avoid taking it on the run with you.
The recipe below has been my go-to for several weeks, and the links included are often places I frequent for fresh, late summer smoothie inspiration. If you’ve stocked up on late summer produce and need some ideas of how to incorporate it all into your daily routine, explore some new recipes, and tweak them to your liking!
Strawberry Banana Basil Smoothie
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/2 banana (frozen optional)
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 handful fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or more for a lighter consistency)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 4-5 ice cups (optional)
Blend together in a high speed blender until well mixed a creamy, adding the ice last. Divide into 2 servings and enjoy as a snack or as an addition to breakfasts.
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Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN | HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com