A Healthy, Homemade
This strawberry banana smoothie recipe is the "gold standard" at our house. An easy, healthy, homemade breakfast. With 7 of my 10 top superfoods, it's a powerful energy booster any time of day.
If there was a Smoothie Olympics, this strawberry banana smoothie recipe would take home the gold. It has everything a healthy smoothie should:
- Fruit: Healthy carbs to help you get going in the morning. Drink before exercising for plenty of energy to fuel a high-intensity workout, or after exercising to replenish your glycogen levels.
- Protein: To help you feel full for hours and repair your muscles after a workout.
- Greens: Because you can never get enough greens in your diet.
- Superfoods: With 7 of my 10 top superfoods, it's a powerful energy booster and immune system enhancer.
- Coconut milk: For dreamy creamy-ness and medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) for lasting energy and weight loss.
This recipe makes about three pretty large servings or four smaller ones.
Of all the homemade breakfast smoothies we've tried at my house, this strawberry banana smoothie recipe is our all-time favorite. We hope you like it, too.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1-2 T shelled hemp seeds
- 5 dried black mission figs
- 1/4 cup dried goji berries
- 1 T chia seeds
- 2 tsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp acai berry powder
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 tsp chlorella powder
- 2 T whey protein powder made from raw milk, blueberry (I don't think the flavor makes much of a difference. The main thing is the texture - and nutrition - it lends.)
- 2 big handfuls baby spinach
- 1 1/2 C fresh or frozen strawberries (about 15 whole strawberries)
- 2 bananas
If you have a high-powered blender like a BlendTec or a Vitamix, you can just throw the ingredients in all at once, and blend until smooth.
If you have a standard household blender:
- Put the coconut milk, about a 1/2 cup of water, and shelled hemp seeds in the blender, and blend on low for a minute or so to make a coconut milk/hemp seed milk type of concoction.
- Remove stems from the figs, and add to blender.
- Add goji berries, chia seeds, cacao powder, acai berry powder, spirulina powder, chlorella powder, whey protein powder, and baby spinach to blender. Blend on low until creamy. Add more water if needed.
- Add strawberries.
If you're using fresh strawberries, you can just throw them all in there, and blend it up.
When using frozen strawberries, add the strawberries one at a time through the access hole in the top of your blender lid while the blender is still running. This sounds like it would take a while, but it doesn't take long at all.
Don't add all the strawberries at once. You will quickly burn out your motor if you make smoothies on a daily basis like I do.
- Add water and increase speed as needed as smoothie gets thicker and blender gets fuller.
- Add fresh bananas all at once or frozen bananas one piece at a time like you did with the frozen strawberries.
I like my smoothies cold, so we freeze the bananas. When the bananas start turning brown, skin them, break into fourths, put into plastic bags, and put in the freezer.
I put two bananas into a sandwich size ziploc bag so I can just pull one out when I need it. Then, put the sandwich sized bags into a one or two gallon sized ziploc bag to protect against freezer burn and keep your freezer organized.
- Serve into cups. Add one raw egg (both the egg white and the egg yolk) to each cup. Eggs MUST be from pastured hens and purchased from a local farmer. Don't eat eggs purchased from your grocery store raw. Not even organic ones.
Blend with a hand blender. If you don't have a hand blender, you can add the eggs before you transfer it to your cups, and blend on the lowest setting for the shortest time needed. However, egg proteins are very fragile, and even the lowest setting on your blender will damage them, so it's better to use the hand blender if you have one.
Voila! Get ready to feel your taste buds sing!
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