If I had to name our most-used kitchen tool, besides my favorite chef’s knife, it would have to be the blender. It used to live in one of the cupboards, but once my boys started pulling it out almost every night to make a smoothie, it earned a place of honor on the counter.
When M first started training for his first half-marathon two summers ago, he decided he was going to be “just like Dad”, which meant that he wanted to cut out added sugar from his diet, and he instantly shunned all desserts and sodas. His friends looked at him as if he was crazy when he first told them and we let him know that he really didn’t need to cut out all desserts, but he was bound and determined to do everything right in his training.
After a couple of months of his self-imposed sugar ban, he experienced something that I wished would happen to me when it comes to chips and other unhealthy snack foods…he completely lost any craving for sweets. After the half-marathon, we offered to take him for an ice cream cone. Nope, not interested. And now, more than a year and a half later, he still hasn’t touched a dessert of any kind. And truthfully, he’s not even interested in them. Maybe that will change in the next year but, for now, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it!
Instead, his treat at the end of the day is a smoothie of some kind. He has experimented with tropical fruits and vegetables in his smoothies, but he keeps coming back to a good ol’ classic, berries and bananas.
Since the bananas add a good dose of natural sweetness, it wasn’t necessary to add any honey, agave nectar or maple syrup to the smoothie. The hemps seeds are optional, but add a great dose of protein, omega fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. If you like to kick off your day with a smoothie, adding the hemp seeds (and yogurt) will help to keep you full longer, thanks to the extra protein.
So, M…this one’s for you.
Other healthy drinks:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie
Cookin’ Canuck’s Tart Cherry & Peach Sparkler
Gimme Some Oven’s Brain Power Smoothie (Blueberry Avocado)
Oh My Veggies’ Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake
Slender Kitchen’s Tropical Green Smoothie
Easy Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 medium banana quartered
- 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup oats use GF oats, if desired
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1 tablespoons hemp seeds
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients. Process until smooth. Serve.
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