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Simple Everyday Smoothie, Nutrient Dense and Filling

Looking for a super easy, healthy breakfast? Or a quick snack that is filled with nutrients instead of munching on empty calories? Smoothies are a great option for so many reasons. They are delicious, refreshing, versatile, and require hardly any time or effort. This simple everyday smoothie recipe is one that we make at our house almost daily. The kids love it, and I love that I can pack it with all kinds of things that will nourish them – and me!

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There are so many things I love about smoothies. On busy mornings, it’s so easy to just grab a granola bar or banana or just skip breakfast altogether. However, everyone is hungry and looking for more before we even start our schoolwork. When I don’t have time to make a full, hot breakfast, smoothies are our go-to every time. And maybe my favorite part? Hardly any dishes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This simple everyday smoothie recipe is one that I started making when I was pregnant with my first, and I was so sick. I was hardly able to keep anything down, but smoothies usually sounded good to me. After a little while, I found myself making the same recipe over and over, and it is still on the regular rotation at our house.

Simple Everyday Smoothie Ingredients –

  • Banana, frozen or fresh
  • Organic berries, frozen
  • Organic whole milk plain yogurt
  • Organic kale, frozen or fresh
  • Hemp protein powder
  • Collagen
  • Water

The base of this smoothie is really the bananas, berries and yogurt. The banana gives the sweetness, the yogurt makes it nice and creamy (plus a healthy dose of probiotics!), and the berries lend the delicious flavor that you’re looking for in a smoothie. These three ingredients are the perfect place to pack in the nutrients and vitamins of the kale, hemp protein and collagen.

Bananas – I use a frozen banana when I make this smoothie. This gives it a thicker texture than a fresh banana. When my bananas are starting to turn brown and no one will eat them fresh, I peel them and store them in a gallon size bag in the freezer. It’s super easy to take one or two out at time and use them in smoothies. Never throw away a brown banana! Always freeze it. Sometimes, you can even get organic bananas discounted from the store if they have started to turn brown. Snag those and throw them in the freezer!

Organic berries – In this simple everyday smoothie, I use a combination of organic strawberries and organic blueberries because that is what we usually have on hand. Organic is important when you are buying berries because they are typically pretty heavily sprayed. You could also use blackberries, raspberries or even cherries!

Organic whole milk plain yogurt – Wow, that’s a mouthful. 3 things I look for when buying yogurt – organic, whole milk (less processed and more of the nutrients are preserved), and plain (no sugar or ‘natural’ flavors). Stoneyfield is a great brand if you’re buying from the store, otherwise make your own! It’s not as hard as you might think. ๐Ÿ™‚ A couple spoonfuls of this makes the smoothie nice and creamy, and packs in a ton of probiotics too.

Organic kale – Kale is a powerhouse vegetable! It is rich in vitamins A, K, B6, and C, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese. Whoop whoop! Again, organic is important on this one because you’re eating the plant itself which means it could have been sprayed with chemicals directly. We typically grow a ton of kale in our garden and wash and freeze for smoothies throughout the year. Fresh works great too! Just cut out the stalk/stem portion before putting it in the blender.

Hemp protein powder – Hemp is a complete plant protein that packs antioxidants, minerals, fiber and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. My kids are super duper huge meat eaters, so I like to add some hemp protein here and there. It adds a little nutty flavor, and I think it slightly changes the texture to be a bit more grainy – but truly hardly noticeable. Look for a brand that doesn’t include any added sugars. Check out this article for the best hemp protein powders!

Collagen Peptides – Collagen is a great supplement to add into a smoothie – or any other drink! It dissolves easily and is essentially tasteless. We use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder. Here are just a few of the benefits of one serving of collagen:

  • 20g Collagen: Helps support healthy hair, skin, nails, bones and joints
  • 100% Daily Value Vitamin C: An antioxidant vitamin that can help promote collagen production and a youthful appearance
  • 80mg Hyaluronic Acid: Helps support skin hydration and elasticity

How to make the smoothie…

Making this smoothie literally could not be easier. Just throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until completely smooth! I would 10/10 recommend a Vitamix for any and all uses, but especially smoothies! It completely blends the frozen fruit and there are no little pieces of kale left after blending. This version is the most affordable, and there’s even a $20 off coupon on Amazon right now! I have had my Vitamix for over 10 years and use it almost daily. I even bought it used, and have had zero problems with it. They really are super high quality.

That’s it! Pour into a glass jar or cup and enjoy! When I am taking a smoothie on the go, I love to use one of these mason jar lids with a stainless steel straw. They fit on these 32 oz jars or these 24 oz jars.

Baby approved ๐Ÿ™‚
smoothie with berries and bananas surrounding

Simple Everyday Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen organic berries
  • 1/4 cup organic whole milk plain yogurt
  • 1 cup organic kale, frozen or fresh
  • 2 T hemp protein powder
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides
  • 1 cup water (or just enough so all of the ingredients will blend)

Instructions

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.

Notes

Some of our favorite add ins include: chia seeds, cacao nibs, a spoonful of almond butter, extra greens, ground flax, etc. Get creative!

For an even creamier smoothie, try almond milk instead of water.

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