Smoothies can be the backbone of your Paleo/Primal lifestyle. They’re great for breakfast, for a snack or for lunch if you’re in a rush. They make great desserts and best of all, kids love them! Smoothies fall into that same “throw it all in” category that I use for soup, although I usually throw in different ingredients when I’m making soup. So don’t be afraid to experiment when you’re making a smoothie. A little of something doesn’t always show up in the flavor profile of the drink, but it may add a few added vitamins or nutrients that you wouldn’t get otherwise. Go ahead, make a smoothie today!
1 C pumpkin puree
1 C almond, coconut or regular milk
1 C water (hot if you’re making a hot drink, cold otherwise)
1/4 C honey
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Serve cold if you’re making a smoothie, warm up with hot water, on the stove top or in microwave if you’re looking for a latte-like warm drink. Mix in any hot tea or coffee if you’re looking for a thinner latte or drink thick. Top with cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped cream or whatever you like.
Strawberry Banana smoothie
Yesterday The Boy asked me to go to Starbucks for one of their strawberry banana smoothies. But I really didn’t want to drive to Starbucks and pay money for a smoothie that may or may not really be very healthy for you. So I convinced him to let me make one here at home. Now, The Boy is one of my worst critics when it comes to homemade food. He is dubious of everything, which I suppose is deserved since I do try to sneak healthy bits into almost everything. But I got lucky this time and he stayed out of the kitchen while I made this one. I gave him a tester sip to make sure it fit his criteria of a Starbucks smoothie, and he gave me the thumbs up! Hopefully your personal food critic will like this one, too.
Strawberry Banana smoothie with a surprise
1 ripe banana
1 C frozen strawberries
1 ripe nectarine or peach
1+ C milk (can be almond, coconut or cow’s) Add more as needed to blend well
1/2 C sunflower seeds or walnuts
3/4 C torn kale
Blend all ingredients in a blender until well incorporated. Makes about 3 good size smoothies. Top each cup with whipped cream if dairy is ok and serve! I serve mine in a cup with a lid and a straw so the kids can’t inspect the contents as they drink it. If they can’t see the tiny green bits of kale they won’t have a problem with it.
1 C Almond or coconut milk
1 handful of walnuts or other tree nuts
1/4 C ground flax-seed
1-2 C frozen fruit of your choice (I used frozen strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)
1-2 Tbs honey to taste (sweeter fruits will require less agave, berries will require more)
Mix all ingredients in a blender then enjoy!