I Am a Smoothie Savant (at least I think so)...with recipe

During the summertime, sometimes all I can handle is an ice-cold smoothie as a snack.  Growing up with grandparents who grew up in the Mediterranean, foods like almonds and dates are a staple in my diet.  We have been following the Mediterranean diet before the Mediterranean diet was cool!

 

I decided to try my hand at recipe development and create a Mediterranean-inspired smoothie. I like using real cow’s milk in my smoothies for protein, vitamins, and minerals.  I recommend using whole milk to clients who are experiencing ovulatory infertility and are trying to get in some full-fat dairy.

 

This smoothie is super ttc, pregnancy, and postnatal-friendly.  Between the omega 3’s in the chia seeds, fiber from the apple skin, and potassium from the dates and banana, it is sure to be a winner.  The mint makes it super-refreshing and is safe to consume during pregnancy. 

 

I have tried sneaking veggies into smoothies, but unfortunately, I have the palette of a 6-year-old and can sense even a leaf of spinach in a smoothie.  I love spinach, but NOT in smoothies….and don’t get me started on kale.

 

Here’s what I did:

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Ingredients:

1 cup 2% organic milk for calcium, Vitamin D, and Iodine (grass-fed if possible for a nice boost of Vitamin K2)

1 frozen banana (previously frozen) for potassium and prebiotics

½ a small fuji apple with skin still on for fiber 

¼ c dried chopped dates for nutrients like magnesium and zinc

6 raw (unroasted) almonds for fiber and Vitamin E

1.5 Tbsp organic Chia seeds for Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber

12 fresh mint leaves-washed and dried

2 c ice

 

Instructions:

1.     BLEND

2.     Pour

3.     Drink

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Consensus?  I may have a future in Smoothie recipe development.  My three-year-old wont even try it, and I will admit I am not heartbroken about that (bc I don’t want to share). 

This should make 2-3 servings depending on how large your glasses are.  I froze leftovers in my popsicle molds for later (not sharing those either!).  

Enjoy!

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