***Since posting this recipe, it has come to my attention that blueberries contain solanine, which is one of the glykoalkaloids responsible for nightshade allergies. If you are on a nightshade free diet, please proceed with caution unless you are certain that blueberries are okay for you! You can find more information here.***
Mornings are hard. There’s no two ways about it.
Of course the Morning People would have you think otherwise, with their inhuman ability to spring out of bed in one bound, like Superman.
Then there are others that need… well, a little more time.
My family knows that I have a golden rule: Do not talk to me within ten minutes of me waking up or I will end you. This will probably change drastically when we have kids one day, and I pity them already for the fury that is no doubt in store for them.
By the time I drag my carcass out of bed and to the kitchen, I want the simplest thing possible to shove in my face and feel human again. But I also want something that’s at least a little healthy and isn’t just toast. Or sugary cereal. This is where smoothies come in! I’ve already shared my Pineapple Sunshine Smoothie Bowl, and the completely sinful Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl, this one’s even simpler!
Before we started on this grand nomadic adventure, I had a whole smoothie system. Enough repurposed margarine containers (reusable of course!) for a week, each with half a banana, various fruits and some yogurt. Make them all at once, toss them in the freezer. Then just pull out however many you for need the next morning, leave ‘em in the fridge overnight to thaw a smidge, and then in your zombie-like morning state, just dump them in the blender with a little liquid (milk, juice, etc.) and press GO.
Since we’ve been moving around this has been a bit more difficult, but I found a work-around: Do the actual blending the night before, store in an air-tight container and stick it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, just give it a shake, top it with some delicious fruits and whole grains and voila! Magic breakfast from my Magic Bullet. (Not sponsored, just awesome!)
The first thing we need to do is get our smoothie ready to go. All the fruit and greens. I almost always try to shove some sort of greens into my smoothies so I can convince myself it’s not all sugar. Usually its spinach, but kale or something else would be good too. And of course, one whole banana, quartered at least so it’ll mix well.
Now we add our liquid – not too much, we want our smoothie to be thick!
And blend! This is the point where I pop it in the fridge, ready to go the next morning. You may have to do it in a couple shots, stirring occasionally. Blueberries tend to be a little squirrely when it comes to being blended, so you will probably have some delicious little skin pieces still. I know that sounds gross. It is not.
Ah, next morning. Into a bowl it goes. Blueberries naturally have pectin in them, which will make your smoothie a little jello-y. This works perfectly for suspending the solid ingredients in the smoothie bowl, but if it weirds you out a bit you can add a little lemon juice to make this less severe. It will also brighten up your smoothie and make it a little more pink! You can also wait until it gels and then blend it again.
I didn’t add it because I like the gel, even if it does look a little… er… grey.
Doesn’t matter! I’m going to cover this baby with fresh fruit and some Kashi GOLEAN Crunch Cereal.
More bananas, blueberries and raspberries…
That granola is so good. You can use the Kashi GOLEAN Crunch or homemade granola, or whatever you like!
Fresh fruit is so bright and happy.
And above all, it’s easy.
- 1 whole banana , cut into large pieces for ease of blending
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach (OR kale, or whatever vitamin packed greens you prefer in your smoothies!)
- ¾ cup milk (OR almond/soy/rice milk, OR blueberry juice)
- Toppings: more blueberries or bananas , other fruits like raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc., any whole grain cereals, granolas, flax or chia seeds, etc., nuts, coconut. I would not recommend chocolate with this one! You can also add a little honey if you want it a bit sweeter.
Place banana, blueberries, and spinach in blender.
Pour milk over the top
Blend! You may have open the jar to stir a bit when the blender is stopped to ensure everything is really mixed in.
At this point, you can either put it in the fridge for the morning, or continue with the steps.
Pour into a bowl and top with all your favourite toppings! I recommend more fruit and something crunchy.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* There is pectin in blueberries, so once blended they will start to gel. I find it helps with suspending the solid ingredients for the smoothie bowl, but if you do not want this to happen, add ½ tsp lemon juice to the recipe, and/or reblend once the smoothie has gelled.*
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