BREAKFAST,  DRINKS + SMOOTHIES,  RECIPES

BANANA BERRY SMOOTHIE

It’s smoooothhhiiieeeeee time! This is my go to recipe for smoothies. I think it’s a great base for a sweet fruity recipe and easily adaptable with other add-ins or flavours.

This upcoming fall I’ll be teaching dance five days a week (plus other work) and I am on the hunt for the best foods and drinks to eat when I’m on the go. I won’t have the chance to sit and eat a proper lunch or dinner most days of the week…I think smoothies will be the answer.

I also am in a situation where my finances have to be taken into consideration for grocery shopping. This is when frozen berries are super handy. Especially coming out of berry season, a medley of frozen berries will do the trick (or buy some in bulk now and freeze them yourself!)

I’ve really loved adding extras like milled flaxseed and hemp seed to give the smoothie more nutritional content without changing the flavour or drastically the texture. This recipe could easily be made with non-dairy yogurt to make it vegan and dairy-free. I’m in-between yogurts trying to switch to non-dairy, but they are pricey!

If you’re really looking for a heavier and more filling drink, include a protein powder, preferably plant based like Vega will help keep you full longer with an added punch of healthy proteins.

Add 1 -3 bananas preferably quite ripe as the flavour will be richer.

Add about 1 – 2 cups of frozen berries. My favourite is the mix pack from any no name company, again budget is important to me right now. Berry season is slowly ending in BC too, if you can get your hands on some freeze them yourself for winter!

like to combine approx. 1 tsp – 1 tbsp per serving of milled flaxseed. The same with hemp hearts, 1 tsp – 1 tbsp added per serving. I’m in love with Manitoba Hemp Hearts right now, a Canadian company!

I’m slowly making the change into a more plant based diet, but I believe this is a slow and steady process and I have to do it to meet my budget too! If you’re one who enjoys dairy yogurt I LOVE Olympic Yogurt, specifically their greek yogurt. It is a BC brand made out of Delta, BC and has a rich and thick texture. If you have any suggestions for non-dairy yogurts that you love please send them to me!

Last but not least spinach! Time to get our greens in (so I can tell my Mom I ate my veggies, ha!) and to add protein, Vitamin A and fibre into our bodies. I usually buy fresh spinach and if I end up not eating it all before it’s just about to go bad, I freeze it for my smoothies! Add about 1 – 1 1/2 cups of spinach.

One of my favourite ideas with smoothies is the easy way you can adapt the recipe to different taste buds and textures! If you’re looking for a bit smoother of a recipe and less seeds, add another banana in and cut down the amount of berries. If you want the smoothie to be like a juice, don’t add any yogurt or milk. Be creative!

Here is a step step tutorial!

Banana Berry Smoothie

1 – 3 bananas
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
1 tsp – 1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1 tsp – 1 tbsp hempseeds
1 cup – 1 1/2 cup spinach
1 cup yogurt of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
1 cup of water*

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend!

*If the consistency isn’t smooth add more water, or milk if you’re looking for more of a creamy taste.

Share your smoothie pictures on Instagram with me! Use the hashtag #numinmytum or tag @anna_dueck, I love hearing about what you’re making!

Thanks for reading Nummers!

Anna

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