blueberries - jeremy ricketts
My Current Favorite Smoothie

What I love about breakfast smoothies is that they are tasty, healthy, and they fill me up enough to get me through to lunch. I also appreciate how easy and forgiving they are to make. You can change the recipe based on what you are in the mood to eat or on what you have in your kitchen. If you are out of milk, you can use yogurt or water, if you are out of pineapple, you can use oranges*, etc.

I have been drinking smoothies for years and have played around with different recipes but my latest favorite is a banana, blueberry, and strawberry smoothie. However, when I run out of bananas, it becomes my favorite blueberry and strawberry smoothie. This is by no means a novel recipe, but is one that I have adjusted based on fruits that I can eat due to my fructose malabsorption and does not contain any added sugar. The only sugar in this smoothie comes naturally from the ingredients (aka, the fruit).

This recipe is a good option if you are on the gluten-free or low FODMAP diets, are lactose intolerant, and/or are vegan. If you are allergic to nuts, you can omit or swap out the peanut butter. If you are on the low FODMAP diet, you should play around with the types of fruits and the amounts based on what your stomach can tolerate.

Ingredients
1½ cups of almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
¼ cup of oats
2 tbsp of peanut butter (unsalted with no added sugar) or ¼ cup of pecans
½ of a large banana
¼ – ½ cup of frozen blueberries, depending on how blueberry you want it
3-4 frozen strawberries
1 tbsp of flax seeds (A good way to sneak in some Omega-3s)
½ tsp of vanilla extract
¼ tsp of cinnamon

Directions
Blend for 30 to 45 seconds, or until the smoothie is mixed completely
Drink
Enjoy

If you make this recipe, please let me know your thoughts. Do you like it, do you have recommendations to make it better, do you have your own recipe that you would like to share?

*Check out this useful fruit and vegetable substitution list that I found on the Reboot with Joe website. He created the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, which talks about his journey to living a healthier life through juicing. You can currently watch the documentary on his website.

Photo taken by Jeremy Ricketts on Unsplash

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