Breakfast used to be the hardest meal of the day for me. I don’t know about you but finding a good cereal, that is gluten free, sugar free and then we still have to figure out what to have with it – almond milk, coconut milk or what, is just hard work! I went on a purely fruit salad breakfast for a short while and struggled with that one too, cos I was usually hungry by about 10:30am! Breakfast just turned into a mission of trying nasty things that just didn’t taste good or give me the nutritional benefits I felt I needed.
The hard one as well was also time. I love Quinoa porridge but it can take up to 20minutes to cook. Now, there were many occasion where I would go for a shower while I waited for it to cook – not that I recommend that, unless you have some good smoke alarms or your shower is close to the kitchen! 🙂
So, I came across a site the other day called www.greensmoothygirl.com and in it, you get heaps of ideas for smoothies. Initially, I created a few and they were truly nasty – my blender just wasn’t quite set out for blending Kale and green vegetables!
I kept trying through and in the book by Carbot, The Liver Cleansing Diet I found a recipe for a banana and coconut smoothy. I have to say, this was right down my alley! I have always loved the taste of coconut and I have also known for a while just how beneficial it is for our health!
So, the base recipe was pretty simple:
- 2 Bananas
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon of LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almonds crushed up)
- 1 Tablespoon of Honey (Manuka if you live in New Zealand is best)
I tried this and it was super! LSA has heaps of Omega 3 In it for us – great for reducing inflammation. Coconut Milk is great for our digestion and infections in the body. Banana fills you up and cinnamon is naturally warming on the body. Perfect!
Problem was…. it still only lasted me till about 11am and I was hungry again 🙂
So, since I figured this was closer to any of the other breakfasts I had tried, I just added more bits to make it work:
I have since added:
- 1 tablespoon of Maca
- 1 tablespoon of Brewer’s Yeast – Heaps of vitamin B
- 1 teaspoon of Phsyllium Husk – gives extra fibre for our digestion and cleans us out well 🙂
- 1 squirt of bee pollen in liquid form – contains every vitamin and mineral the body needs. Including B12 which is often very hard to get in our diets.
- 3 drops of selenium – prevents endometriosis in cows
- 1 tablespoon of protein powder or whey protein powder – building blocks for the body and helps with healing cells in the body.
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter – more omega 3 and extra flavour
- 1 raw organic free-range egg – eggs contain licithin which clears the blood and prevents blood clotting.
Taste it and if it isn’t sweet enough, add some Stevia Drops.
Now, the great thing with banana and coconut is that they really hide the taste of many of the powders and potions (joke!) we want to incorporate into our diets.
If you are feeling really adventurous try some of these super foods into the your banana smoothy:
- Molasses – trust me on this one – only add a small bit cos Molasses can really dominate the taste. I shall write a whole blog post on Molasses but it is really, really good for us!
- Cocoa Powder – gotta be the real thing (organic, sugar free etc). I am not sold on the banana, cocoa combination but I read a recipe including mint leaves and that sounded quite good.
- The green healthy stuff – spirulina, kelp, barley grass etc – just can’t bring myself to drink a slimy green looking smoothy 🙂 but hey you may not mind them in there!
What I really love about this breakfast is I don’t feel bloated, I feel full till at least 1pm and it helps my digestion instantly! The best part is I am getting the most brilliant start to my day – heaps of protein, omega 3, vitamins, minerals and super foods all rolled into one!
Do you have super smoothies for breakfast? Any ideas on different versions for me to try?
If you haven’t tried them – they are fabulous and you will feel so amazing 🙂 Experiment, try them and have a play with the different ingredients. Add as many super foods you can fit in and drink up 🙂
For me, the banana and coconut combo just seems to work. I would love some ideas on other variations as I just can’t seem to find any that work.