If you, like me, love a good smoothie to get going in the morning, then you are going to love this simple recipe for the ultimate breakfast smoothie. The version here is a warming winter version, but it is equally tasty and nutritious in the summertime – just pop it in the fridge and drink when cool.
This recipe has been gradually tweaked over the past few years and now, I believe, it’s just about perfect (for me). Give it a try and see if you like it too. It is incredibly simple to make with any smoothie maker/blender.
- 1 x ripe banana
- Mango (or pineapple)
- Ground almonds
- Shelled hemp seed
- Hemp milk
- Hemp oil
You can adjust the quantities to taste, but I used a 15ml measuring scoop for the ground almond, hemp seed, hemp oil and the oats. I used about a quarter of a cup of frozen blueberries and the same quantity of mango. The spinach handily comes frozen in similarly sized blocks to the almonds, hemp and oats. The hemp milk and hemp oil are from Good Hemp and is available in most supermarkets now.
1. First, blast the spinach in the microwave for a minute or two. The variety I used requires heating. Some people prefer raw, but following some recent problems with food poisoning from raw spinach it might be wise to cook it first. (The rest of the ingredients can all be blended without any further heating, but I’ll describe the warm winter version here).
2. Pour out around 400ml of hemp milk into a microwavable container.
3. Break up the banana into chunks and add to the milk and add the blueberries, mango, spinach, almonds and oats.
4. Heat for a few minutes until everything is warmed through.
5. Pour the warm (not hot) mixture into the blender/smoothie maker and add the hemp seed and oil. These final ingredients retain more of their incredible nutritional benefits if used raw.
6. Blend for a minute or two.
And you’re done!
This is a filling, nutritious smoothie that is perfect for breakfast and is actually surprisingly quite delicious. I got the idea for this after becoming interested in Soylent and Ambronite (and more recently Joylent), two drinkable meals aimed at providing the maximum possible nutrition. All of the ingredients I used were available from my local supermarket/health food shop. Although I did buy the hemp seed in a larger quantity online as it works out much, much cheaper in bulk over time. I would be interested in learning how my recipe compares nutritionally to these commercially available drinkable meals, because it certainly keeps me going until lunchtime without any problems.
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