By Emily Dickerson, ND
This recipe is the perfect follow-up to my recent Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Lifestyle class. It is a recipe idea that I recently learned about*, loved, and made some personal alterations to make it even healthier. I like it because it uses whole foods, is packed full of antioxidants (aka free-radical scavengers), and variations are very forgiving. Using what you have in your refrigerator, you can make a smoothie into a meal. It is a great breakfast idea for everyone, including those that are undergoing an Elimination-Rechallenge Diet.
How to Make It:
Start by making a thick smoothie base and add your favorite ingredients on top! Feel free to make your own alterations, such as adding a handful of greens. This is an easy way to get in your vegetable servings. I encourage my patients to eat 7 or more vegetable and fruit servings per day, and this recipe makes it easy to achieve that. Remember to add a protein source such as protein powder to the smoothie base or nuts and seeds on top. Without protein, fruits and vegetables have the potential to cause unstable blood sugar levels due to their carbohydrate content.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
1 medium frozen banana, chopped
1 cup frozen berries
1/4 – 1/2 avocado (You could also try 1 tablespoon coconut oil as your healthy fat!)
1 cup milk (coconut milk, organic cow milk, organic goat milk, raw milk – these are my favorites)
1 – 2 tablespoons protein powder (whey or pea protein powder are my favorites)
Toppings of choice (fresh fruit, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, fresh greens, etc.)
- Add banana, berries, avocado, milk, and protein powder to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add toppings and enjoy immediately!
It is that simple! Talk about a fast, easy, and extremely healthy breakfast. To all of you that joined me for the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Lifestyle class, thank you! If you want to learn more about what you can do to decrease inflammation and combat chronic pain through diet and lifestyle modifications, call Boise Natural Health at (208)338-0405 for a free consult.
*Original recipe found at organicconnectmag.com