Start your day off right…

So eventually, I want to add lots of recipes here so that people can get cookin’.  Yep, it’s time to dust off the stove, pull out the instruction manual for the oven, and stock up your pantry.  However, it is a daunting task to try to decide which of my recipes would get top honor in going first.  Rather than trying to pick the BEST recipe or the EASIEST recipe, I will start with a breakfast recipe.  That way, for those of you just starting on a healthy eating campaign, a good breakfast recipe will give you a good start for the day.

One of my staples, and favorites is the smoothie.  Nope, not the one you get from a fast food restaurant or an ice cream shop…a homemade smoothie with real fruit, nutritious ingredients, and NO added sugar or sugar substitutes. 

Now that I think about it, I can’t just give you one smoothie recipe.  There are so many variations.  I’ll give you some ideas to get you started but then it’s up to you to get creative!

Blueberry Smoothie

2/3 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1/2 cup plain yogurt (preferably made from raw milk) or coconut milk

1 banana

1 tbsp wheat germ (optional)

Mix in the blender – if you use fresh berries you may need to add a few ice cubes

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

1 cup frozen organic strawberries (make sure strawberries are organic- convential are LOADED with pesticides!)

1 frozen banana (peel the banana freeze…slice it up with a knife when you add it to the blender)

1-2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

Blend

Berry Smoothie

Handful of frozen mixed berries

Coconut milk or organic yogurt

Filtered water to make it blend.

Blend

Go Green Smoothie– yes!  try it…it’s GOOD.

1 banana (frozen preferably)

1 handful spinach

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon dried mint flakes

Blend

Eggnog

2 whole raw organic eggs

1/2 can coconut milk

1 cup ice

a couple drops of vanilla extract

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg and cinnamon

Stevia to taste (or omit)

Blend

Just mix whatever fruits and whatever form of milk you want.  Adding greens is always an added bonus.   You can see I use coconut milk a lot!  If you don’t like coconut milk…try unsweetened almond, rice, or hemp milk.  As you will come to find out, I’m not a huge proponent of dairy.  Not only am I intolerant to it, it is very acidic to the body, is associated with many allergies and ailments (like congestion, hyperactivity, GI problems, diabetes, heart disease, etc.)  Even though it is touted as a healthy food high in calcium, the cons outweight the pros and there are much better sources of calcium  i.e. greens.  One last note on dairy and then I’ll shut up and let you do your own research…even if dairy was ever possibly healthy for humans, what we have done to the dairy has altered any health benefits.  Diary cows are usually the sickest cows, pumped full of hormones and antibiotics (because they are fed grain instead of the grass they were intended to eat, altering their body composition- making them sick!).  Check out this video to see what I am talking about.  http://www.themeatrix2.com/.  While you are there, check out the original meatrix video.  www.themeatrix.com exposing the meat we eat.

Sorry, I got off on a tangent…back to breakfast smoothies.  Smoothies are a quick, no excuse way to start your day.  Kids love them too!  You can even take them on-the-go (even though I don’t recommend it- it is better to sit, relax, and enjoy your meal)

Happy blending!

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