Smoothie Smorgasbord

In case you are wondering, a “smorgasbord” is a Swedish buffet. Growing up we used to refer to a large quantity of yummy food as a smorgasbord and now it’s a pretty good way to refer to these smoothie recipes. 

Do you eat all the fruits and veggies you are suppose to every day? I know I don’t. As a matter of fact, I feel like I’m in so much of a hurry most days that getting the good stuff in my diet is not very realistic. 

According to the Canada Food Guide,  If you are a woman between the ages of 19 to 50 years of age you should aim to have the following daily:

  • 7-8 servings of vegetables and fruit
  • 6-7 grain products
  • 2 milk and alternatives
  • 2 meat and alternatives
  • 30 – 45 mL (2 to 3 Tbsp) of healthy oils and fats

In the last few months I have begun the process of changing my lifestyle. With help from people like the folks at Bulletproof, my family now has a greater understanding of what eating with purpose really means. It is almost as if this knowledge came to us at the perfect time when we were absolutely ready to absorb it. 

And then I decided to hop on the smoothie bandwagon. I can now eat an entire bowl of many of the daily requirements of a combination of vegetables, fruit, healthy oils, some milk and alternatives, and grains – all at once in a cup. It doesn’t take very long to make them and take them with me on the go. Plus, I can make up a batch for the whole family all at once.

 

The picky eater in the family drinks these smoothies even though he’d NEVER eat an actual piece of fruit or vegetable – because they are smooth. The other kid loves the flavours and getting her nutrients in for the day. I add a combination of: Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil, Bulletproof Collagen Protein, fruits, vegetables, coconut water, almond milk, skim milk, hemp seeds, ice, water, and sometimes juice. I use a high powered blender to liquify everything so there aren’t any chunks – it’s so smooth! 

Plus, if you use frozen fruits in large enough quantities it’s more like either a slushy or ice cream depending on the ingredients. Sometimes we eat them with a spoon. 

The vegetable smoothies are the best for you since the fruit ones have a lot of sugar in them but we enjoy both. Plus, you can add vegetables to the fruit recipes to pump them up nutritionally.

Favourite Smoothie Recipes

Here are some of my favs including the first two we ‘invented’: 

Cheeky Monkey Smoothie: 
3 clementines, 2 bananas, 1 spear pineapple, oj, yogurt, ½ cup coconut water, ½ cup ice, a tablespoon of Brain Octane Oil, tablespoon of hemp seeds, 1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein. Blend as much as you like.

The Goopy Smoothie: 
1 green apple, 1 banana, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup strawberries, coconut water, a tablespoon of Brain Octane Oil, tablespoon of hemp seeds,1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein. Blend until smooth.

What I put in our smoothies really depends on what is in the fridge. I look forward to things being available from local farmers in a few months but in the meantime we are enjoying flash frozen fruits.


We also make very green smoothies

My favourite is from Dai and Christie Manuel. I make this one when I am trying to get back on track, boost myself with some energy, or just have something wonderful to make me feel like I’m taking care of myself. Dai and Christie have a Green Smoothie 7 Day Reboot which I received a copy of when I joined the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto. It’s packed with tons of information about smoothies, why they are good for you, the ingredient nutritional content and specifics on why the green ones are the best. Click the link above if you want to sign up to get your free copy. In the meantime, I was given permission to share a recipe with you. This is my favourite: 

Gr’O’bana Smoothie: 1 cup spinach (tightly packed), 1 peeled orange, ¾ cup water (or coconut water), ½ banana, 2 to 3 ice cubes, 4 to 6 mint leaves (optional). Blend until the desired consistency. 


Here’s another awesome green power packed smoothie from Glynis Ratcliffe at the Joy of Cooking For Little Assholes – we’ve enjoyed this one a few times now:

The Bulletproof Anti-Ox Smoothie: 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup packed baby spinach, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, ½ banana, 1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein. Blend until the desired consistency.  


Now for the dessert smoothie

This yummy one is from Michelle Price at Honest and Truly –  I HAVE to try it out soon! She uses the Bulletproof Hot Chocolate powder:  

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie: ¾ cup coconut milk, ½ cup frozen cherries, 1 scoop protein powder, 2 tablespoon Bulletproof Hot Chocolate. Blend until the desired consistency. 


We have loved almost every single smoothie experiment we’ve tried so far and it’s so much nicer to grab one of these when I feel the munchies coming on. My daughter takes one to school to have before lunch or after school for a snack. How awesome to drink your nutrients – especially when you know exactly what goes into them. 

Final thoughts

I like to add a little lemon/lime slice (peel on), cranberry or ginger in all my smoothies. To me it makes the flavours pop. 

If you have any great recipes I’d appreciate it if you shared them with me in the comments. We are always on the look out for something new and wonderful. Cheers! 


“This is a sponsored post brought to you by 3cConsulting. The opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience with the product”

 

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