Thursday, April 11, 2013

Berry Breakfast Shake

This yummy shake is how my toddler and I start the day, and is one of the few ways I can actually get him to eat greens.

Before my husband did his detox diet last summer which led to our cutting out wheat flour, refined sugars and processed foods, my son would eat 2 packages of flavored oatmeal or a bowl of shredded wheat with banana. Both seemed healthy to me at the time, but I didn't realize the amount of sugar and natural/artificial flavors in the oatmeal and even the seemingly harmless shredded wheat has BHT added to the packaging - a chemical banned in some countries (don't even get me started on this!).

When I started learning more about reading labels and what is in our food, we started eating this breakfast shake (that I adapted to our own taste/needs) and soon my son joined as well. At the time, I was pregnant and now I'm breastfeeding and its a great source of protein and nutrients the body needs.

We all love this healthy start to our day and now I don't crave anything else in the morning.

Berry Breakfast Shake

1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 banana
1 tablespoon flax seed or meal
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 cup spinach, cleaned (optional)
1/2 cup frozen berries

Combine all ingredients in blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth. Enjoy! Makes 1 serving.

Note: It's best with whole milk but you can also use it with others (unsweetened almond or coconut milk, rice milk, etc. Just make sure there are NO artificial or natural flavors added if you buy it from the store). However, if you do use an alternative milk you will want to omit the spinach because it is too overpowering.

1 comment:

  1. I use Greek non-fat yogurt to get the calcium and Vitamin D (I think) and for the liquid/juice, I use orange juice or whatever juice I have available. My base is liquid, frozen organic blueberries (and/or strawberries), ripe banana, a couple or so tablespoons of flax seeds, and whatever fruit is nearing spoiling but still edible (mango, nectarine, apple that's not an overpowering taste). I know about the spinach, but I never have any around to put in there.