I’m not sure you can be a food blogger without having a smoothie recipe on your site. Let me rephrase that. I have yet to come across a food blogging site that doesn’t have a smoothie recipe. They are everywhere and it makes sense! Smoothies are an easy and fast way to get some whole food goodness into your morning routine.
My dad started making smoothies when I was in high school in the 90’s. He himself will tell anyone he’s not comfortable in the kitchen, but the few things he felt comfortable making, he wanted to share with everyone. Fruit smoothies were one of those things. He would make them whenever my friends visited our home – ready and waiting, nearly walking to my friend’s cars to greet them with their refreshments. They encompassed the nurturing trait of my dad and they still feel that way to me today.
I used to always make them with fruit. I thought it was a necessary component – how else could you get it down? But when I needed to cut my sugar down to deal with candida (yeast overgrowth) and an insulin resistance, I had to adjust my breakfast go-tos. I needed to change my version of “nurturing” (looks different for all of us) and that meant no more fruit. Now, yes, as you’ll see this recipe does technically contains fruit – avocados, cucumbers and lemons, however, these fruits have very very little sugar, and are vegetable-like. That was what I was going for.
If you have a busy morning schedule, prep all of the ingredients, place them in a blender, place the blender in the refrigerator, and then blend up the smoothie right before you enjoy it in the morning. I recommend enjoying this smoothie within the same day it’s made. (A quick re-blend will help if it’s been sitting awhile after being blended once.)
Another idea for this smoothie is to add a raw egg yolk (not the white) for protein. I didn’t eat raw eggs until I followed a gut-healing elimination diet called GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) in 2014. (The creator of this diet is Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D., a Russian-trained neurologist and neurosurgeon. She created the diet specifically for children on the autistic spectrum and also with other various behavioral issues. She saw a clear link between digestive abnormalities and brain health.) I began following the diet because of my leaky gut diagnosis. I needed a diet that was going to, put simply, heal and seal the gaps in my intestinal wall.
Eggs, especially the yolks, feed the brain. Campbell-McBride points out that eggs are one of the most nourishing and easy-to-digest foods. Nutrient-dense egg yolks provide most essential protein-building amino acids; essential fatty acids, vitamins A, E, D, K and B-complex; as well as zinc, magnesium, iron and phosphorus; and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs from free-roaming, pasture-graising hens are also rich in vitamin B12, vital for normal development of the nervous system and immunity.
I buy pasture-raised eggs both for the nutrition and to support more humane treatment of the chickens.
“To your health!” as my dad would always say when he handed me a smoothie.
- Cilantro – Cilantro has natural chelation properties, meaning it aids your body in eliminating heavy metals.
- Coconut Milk – When choosing coconut milk, choose a brand without stabilizers (guar or xanthum gum) in it if possible. This brand leaves the stabilizers out, but is still creamy and smooth.
- Cucumber – The skin has the highest concentration of chlorophyll and cholesterol lowering sterols. If you are able to buy organic, give the cucumber a good wash, but leave the skin on.
Special Diet Modifications:
- SCD – omit caco nibs.
- Paleo AIP – omit macadamia nuts and cacao nibs.
- 1 egg yolk (pasture-raised if possible, optional ingredient)
- 1 small or ¾ medium cucumber, seeded, roughly chopped
- 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
- ½ medium avocado
- ½ cup broccoli sprouts (can substitute with other microgreens)
- ½ cup coconut milk(can substitute almond milk)
- ¾ - 1 cup water
- 1-2 tablespoon spearmint, chop before measuring
- 2-3 tablespoon cilantro, chop before measuring
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons)
- tiny pinch of salt
- 6 or so macadamia nuts (can substitute cashews or almonds)
- cacao nibs for garnish (optional) *
- Place all ingredients except cacao nibs in a high speed blender and blend to desired consistency. Add more mint, cilantro and/or lemon at the end to reach desired taste.
** Yes, avocado, cucumbers and lemons are fruits, however, they are incredibly low in sugar and thus behave more like vegetables.
*** I do not drink this smoothie with any added sugar. If you feel like you need some, I recommended adding a little honey.