As a Health Coach, one of the questions I'm often asked is, "What can I eat for breakfast?" I sometimes conduct a "breakfast experiment" with them to see what type of breakfast makes them feel best. Smoothies are always a winner because of how easy and satisfying they can be. I personally have been on a quest to consciously include a healthy dose of Omega-fatty acids in my diet. In addition to supporting proper brian development and functioning, Omega-3s are considered anti-inflammatory and are associated with a lower risk of death. You can find naturally occurring sources of Omega-3s in fresh fish like salmon, tuna, and trout. My vegan/vegetarian friends can go for flax seeds, flax seed oil or walnuts. However, it's best to avoid heating flax oil to maintain its beneficial properties so it's great for use in salad dressings or.... smoothies!
I was initially concerned the flax oil would overwhelm the smoothie and give it a weird taste but it actually gives it a smooth, creamy taste and feel. I tried the recipe below with both nut milk and coconut water and it was delicious both ways!
So, the greens (probably the single most important food you can eat and a plant-based source of protein), flax oil (your daily does of healthy fat, particularly omega 3), berries (a rich source of antioxidants), and coconut water (an ideal source of hydration) make this perfectly simply smoothie, nearly perfect!
- 1 cup of organic assorted berries (I prefer frozen. It gives the smoothie a creamy, frothy taste without watering it down. Frozen berries can be pretty expensive so I suggest purchasing a bunch when they're in season and freezing you're own. They're just as good if not better!)
- 1 cup of organic spinach (kale or greens of your choice)
- 1/2 banana
- 1tbsp flax oil
- 1 cup fresh coconut water (nut milk or juice)
- 1 tbsp raw agave nectar (or natural sweetener of your choice, optional)
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!