Smoothies, the “Real” Food Way

I have always LOVED a good smoothie. There is just something so indulgent about the creamy blend of fruits and flavors. Before we switched to real foods, I thought I was making a healthy choice by buying the prepackaged smoothies from the grocery store. Just the thought of all of the sugar, artificial flavors and pasteurized dairy makes me cringe! In fact, I’m pretty sure that my tastes have changed so much during this one year of eating real foods that I wouldn’t even like the store-bought smoothies. Happily, I have everything I need to make fabulous and extremely healthy smoothies here at home. If you’re new to real foods, you’re going to be shocked by how many delicious combinations you can make!

Side note: To make a good smoothie, you have to be able to blend it up well. Around this house, that means using our Magic Bullet! These things are perfect for your daily smoothies, but you can also use them for making salsas, sauces, grinding herbs and nuts… tons of things. I actually strain my kefir, then fill the smoothie cups half way and stick them in the fridge so that they are ready to go when we want a smoothie! The cups and blending blade are super easy to clean. Piece of cake!

Here are some ideas for what to put in your smoothie. Pick any combination and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Liquid: kefir (the best, because of all of the amazing probiotics!), plain yogurt, raw milk, freshly squeezed juice, homemade coconut milk, cream
  • Fruits: banana (gives a good creamy consistency), fresh or frozen berries, peaches, pineapple, mangos
  • Sweeteners: raw honey, grade B maple syrup, sucanat/rapadura
  • Extras: peanut butter, coconut oil, shredded coconut, cocoa powder (or raw cacao), vanilla extract, cinnamon, egg yolk

Some of our favorite combinations:

  • Tropical: kefir, banana, peaches, mangos, raw honey, coconut oil and shredded coconut
  • Banana Split: kefir, banana, raw honey, peanut butter, cocoa powder
  • Chocolate milk: raw milk, cream, banana, maple syrup, cocoa powder
  • Egg nog: raw milk, cream, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, egg yolk and top with a bit of nutmeg
  • Traditional: kefir, cream, banana, berries, raw honey, vanilla extract

These are just a few ideas, so be creative and have fun!

What are your favorite smoothie combinations?

This post is part of GNOWFGLINS Simple Live Thursday!

 

4 thoughts on “Smoothies, the “Real” Food Way

  1. I make a peanut butter kefir smoothie that is my FAVORITE OF ALL TIME. Smoothies are where it’s at. And I don’t have a Magic Bullet. ๐Ÿ™ But I do have an awesome Kitchen Aid blender.

    • LOL, I suppose that’ll work. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I admit, I am pathetically addicted to our Magic Bullet, so I’m trying to suck in as many other people as I can! Hehehe….

  2. I love the Magic Bullet too! We make smoothies out of store bought frozen (plain) fruit, whole-milk yogurt, and raw honey. I’m in the process of figuring out how to get better milk… that will be a start on real food for me.

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