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Episode 19: How to make your own breakfast smoothie

November 18, 2009

Leigh loved her ‘green’ breakfast smoothie so much on Monday that yesterday I showed her how to make it herself. This smoothie is a great start to the day because of all the fibre and protein, especially right after a work out. It also is suprisingly filling and kept Leigh going until the mid afternoon. Scroll down to see the recipe.

Breakfast Smoothie

2 Bananas, frozen
1/3 cup oat groats, cooked or soaked in water for 12 hours
2 Tbl Almond butter
1 Tbl Hemp Seeds
1 Tbl Chia Seeds
1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
14 oz dairy free milk (coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk)

Put everything into your blender and blend!
This smoothie comes out pretty thick so you can also put it into a bowl, top with some fresh fruit or a small amount of crunchy granola and eat with a spoon.

Nutritional highlights:

Oats – high in the fiber beta-glucan which has been shown to help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels and help control appetite. Good source of B vitamins which are used by the body for energy and help the nervous system and stress.
We used oat groats which are the whole oat kernals that have not been rolled or pressed. You can buy these at Help Yourself and the best thing to do is cook a bunch of oats and keep them in the refrigerator (keep for 5 days) and heat or blend to order. You can also eat oat groats raw by soaking them for a good 12 – 24 hours in water.

Almond butter – good source of protein, the most alkalizing of any nut, high in monounsaturated fats

Hemp seeds – one of the highest protein content of any plant source, perfect balance of omega 3 and 6, the essential fatty acids

Chia seeds – another powerhorse with a perfect balance of omega 3 and 6. High in fiber and protein, helps control appetite because the gelatinous effect of chia when wet makes you feel full longer

Spirulina – up to 70% protein with all the essential amino acids, and too many minerals and vitamins for me to list here! Its great for overall well being, building immunity, increasing energy and has even been used for centuries in assisting with wieghtloss. It is an algae that has been around for billions of years

All the ingredients can be bought in small quantities at Help Yourself (829 Fleming Street)

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