Power-Packed Smoothie

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You’re not gonna believe it. It’s so good.

I did a ten week cleanse a year ago and a full elimination diet six months ago in attempts at figuring out why my colon was so angry. The cleanse was done following advice, instruction and recipe goodness from a certified holistic health coach. She taught me the importance of fuel – not food – for my system and why certain foods are better than others. When my symptoms weren’t improving my doctor ordered a full elimination diet and I was able to apply the principles of the cleanse to get back to healthy. Someday we can talk about that journey. It was a long and painful one (insert obscure tomato allergy here that took way too long to find).

Since I’m dairy-free, my base is a banana and almond milk (versus milk and yogurt). I load up with old-fashioned oats, organic unsweetened coconut flakes, natural 100% cocoa, milled flax seed, natural peanut butter and a handful of fresh strawberries. I throw in as many pieces of ice as I can hold to chill the whole thing, too.

I have no exact measurements, other than I use a soup spoon (which is larger than a spoon you’d use with cereal or rice) as my scoop tool. Recipe follows.

Now, if your mornings are anything like mine, you’re bolting to the kitchen in a panic because once again you slept too late and should have been on the road already.

Sunday evening I prep five containers and it covers most of the work of the daily smoothie. I slurp my way to work and by the time I arrive the smoothie is working its magic in my belly.

Variations:
  • Whatever fresh fruit you have on hand!
  • I’ve also frequently used frozen fruit but you’ll have to add more almond milk or it gets too thick (think blender not blending).
Additions:
  • Chia seeds (1)
  • Spinach
  • Parsley (but just a little – has an overpowering flavor)
  • Cinnamon

 

(1) Recent studies have shown chia seeds not previously soaked overnight or several hours can absorb liquids in your digestive tract. This can cause nutrients to not get absorbed in the colon walls. If you use unsoaked chia seeds please be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your smoothie.
**I’m not a doctor. Don’t blame me.

Power-Packed Protein Smoothie
  • One banana
  • 5-6 fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp old-fashioned oats or steel cut oats
  • 2 Tbsp organic shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tsp organic 100% cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp organic milled flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (2)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Throw all in the blender and mix to your desired consistency. The more almond milk you use the runnier it gets. It will also start to lose the powerful flavor of the fruit, too.

(2) I’ve also used powdered peanut butter and you know what? I’ve discovered I don’t feel as full using it versus real peanut butter. I use PB for the protein and to get me to a late morning snack instead of grazing early morning. I’m convinced it’s having the added bulk of peanut butter that helps stave off hunger.

What do you put in your smoothies?