To make a smoothie, you can really toss in whatever sounds good to you in whatever amounts you want, but here’s one version we like in case you’d like a starting point:
10 oz almond milk
1 heaping cup of another fruit
1 TBSP seed mixture, ground (see notes)
- Blend in blender.
Yields approx 20 oz – 1 adult serving.
~ If you’d like to make your own almond milk, click HERE for recipe.
~ For the “other” fruit, I alternate between blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches and pineapple. Toss in any fruit you’re in the mood for!
~ SEED MIXTURE……Get a large mason type jar & fill it up halfway with flax seeds. Then fill it up the rest of the way with equal parts of sesame, sunflower & pumpkin seeds. Mix it up. The average blender will not be able to grind up the smaller seeds, so you’ll need to buy a coffee grinder (designated solely to seeds). Each morning, only grind up the amount needed for your smoothie. The problem with grinding a whole bunch of it in advance is that once ground, it will go rancid quickly. Cuisinart sells a coffee grinder with removable parts that are dishwasher safe. Alternately, if you’re making this smoothie in a Vitamix, no need to grind up the seeds before adding. Just dump them in with everything else & the vitamix will grind them to perfection. If you’re in the market for a vitamix, feel free to use my distributor code to receive free shipping 06-004158 (and I receive credit for the referral – Thx!).
~ I use frozen organic fruits (berries/peaches/pineapple…). However, I don’t like my smoothie ice cold, so as soon as I wake up, I put the amount of fruit I’ll be using in a bowl & let it sit out @ room temp for 30 – 60 mins. Alternately, you can put your portion of frozen fruit in a container in the fridge the night before, this way, if you need to eat as soon as you get up, it’s defrosted & ready for use. Of course, you can also just use the fruit right out of the freezer. The things to consider though, even if you don’t mind a very cold smoothie in the morning is that… 1 – rock hard fruit is hard on your blender, 2 – ice cold things are hard on your digestive system & 3 – letting the fruit defrost a bit will bring it *back to life*
~ Tupperware makes cups with lids that I used when the kids were young. You only have to spill a full glass of blueberry smoothie on the carpet once to have these cups overnighted to your door! And when the kids were younger, I use slightly different amounts – 12 oz almond milk, 2 small bananas, heaping 1/2 cup frozen fruit, 2 TBSP seeds. This is enough for 2 kids. Basically, I came up with these ratios because it fits perfectly in two 12 ounce tupperware cups. Experiment & do what works for you!
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegan, Grain Free, Raw Keep in mind, if eating raw, you’ll need to use your own, home-made, almond milk made specifically from raw, unpasteurized almonds (which are not easy to come by these days unless you’re very intentional with your purchases).
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegan, Grain Free, Raw
Keep in mind, if eating raw, you’ll need to use your own, home-made, almond milk made specifically from raw, unpasteurized almonds (which are not easy to come by these days unless you’re very intentional with your purchases).