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Smoothie Recipe

Updated on July 7, 2013

What's for Breakfast?

Are Wheaties really the breakfast of champions? I don't think so! What are the ingredients in Wheaties? Take a look at what's on the label: Made with 100% whole grain. Ingredients: whole wheat, sugar, salt, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, brown sugar syrup, natural flavor, trisodium phosphate. Freshness preserved by BHT. Vitamin and minerals: zinc and iron (mineral nutrients), a B vitamin (niacinamide), vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B 1 (thiamin mononitrate), vitamin A palmitate, a B vitamin (folic acid), vitamin B12, vitamin D.

I'm not intending to single out Wheaties...many cereals are far worse! Read the labels and make a conscious choice whether or not you really want to start your day in this way. 

The true breakfast of champions would have to be a smoothie - a green smoothie! A frothy, delicious green drink filled with protein, vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, and micronutients is an easily digestible source of power for the human body. Sure, there's no sugary crunch, but there also isn't a sugary crash a few hours later.


A Breakfast That Will Fuel You!

Yes - a breakfast that will fuel you, and not fool you is a green smoothie. Made with nutritious ingredients, a smoothie is guaranteed to give you energy and keep you strong throughout the day. There are many varieties of green smoothies. Some are made with vegetables, some with fruit, and some with a combination of the two. The possible variety of nutrients to add to a basic smoothie are nearly unlimited. Smoothies have been my breakfast of choice for many years and a day without a smoothie is a day with less energy. I can feel the difference. For those of us who work at home, we can enjoy a smoothie any time of day!

My Favorite Smoothie Recipe

Although my smoothies have changed throughout the years I've been making them, I always start with a banana and include Spirulina. Here is the recipe I'm currently using:

1 banana, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup frozen berries, optional

1 cup purified water

1 scoop rice protein

1 tsp maca powder

1 tsp spirulina

3 TB chia gel

Place ingredients in blender or immersion blender cup. Blend well.

Add one scoop (10 g) undenatured whey protein and blend for 1-2 seconds only.

I Know What a Banana is, but What About the Other Things?

Brown Rice Protein Concentrate, made from brown rice, is an easily digested, hypoallergenic vegetarian/vegan source of protein. It is a high-protein alternative to soy and animal products, and those with gastrointestinal sensitivity to milk, wheat, soy and other proteins. Brown Rice Protein Concentrate contains a complete amino acid profile and is made using an all natural process that does not involve the use of chemical solvents.

Maca contains carbohydrates, proteins, calcium, fiber and lipids, as well as iodine and anticancer compounds similar to those found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage. It also contains antioxidants, such as catechins, which also are found in green tea, and sterols similar to those found in echinacea. Maca appears to have a positive effect on the endocrine system.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae. I know, it sounds weird, but look at this: The protein in Spirulina contains all 8 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Spirulina also contains vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, E, and K. In addition, Spirulina also provides minerals, trace minerals, cell salts, phytonutrients and enzymes, as well as an abundance of chlorophyll & other beneficial pigments. Spirulina has no cellulose in its cell walls, which makes it easily digested and assimilated. In fact, it is 85 to 95% digestible.

Chia gel provides all the beneficial nutrients found in chia seeds, including essential fats, protein, complex carbohydrates, soluble fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, polysaccharides, and more. Chia gel slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, thereby regulating and sustaining healthy blood sugar levels in the body. Stable blood sugar levels contribute to naturally high levels of energy, avoidance of abnormal cravings for foods, including sugary foods and simple carbohydrates due to low blood glucose levels. Chia thereby helps you avoid “highs” and “lows” in energy or mood, as well as supports normal insulin function.

Whey protein is a pure, natural, high quality protein from cow's milk. It is a rich source of the essential amino acids needed on a daily basis by the body. In its purest form, it contains little to no fat, lactose or cholesterol. Whey protein is an excellent protein choice for individuals of all ages. Often, those with lactose intolerance are able to tolerate whey protein. It provides a number of benefits in areas including sports nutrition, weight management, immune support, bone health, and general wellness.







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    • Jody Heckenlively profile image

      Jody Heckenlively 9 years ago

      Awesome, Janet! Be prepared to feel great! Your body will thank you, too.

    • Janet Kelly profile image

      Janet Kelly 9 years ago

      Jody, this looks delicous. I need to get a few of the ingredients and I am making it. Thanks. Jan

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      Shayne Hall 9 years ago from Lafayette, LA

      Actually, I did...nothing too elaborate, just a chocolate Muscle Milk after my morning workout ;-)

    • Jody Heckenlively profile image

      Jody Heckenlively 9 years ago

      Shayne - I love your enthusiasm & energy! You must have had a smoothie this morning!!

    • Shayne Hall profile image

      Shayne Hall 9 years ago from Lafayette, LA

      GREAT HUB! Thanks for the new smoothie ideas. I drink smoothies often & I can't wait to try your recipe.

    • Jody Heckenlively profile image

      Jody Heckenlively 9 years ago

      All the ingredients have a long shelf life with the exception of the chia gel. Chia gel is made in small batches, though, by soaking chia seeds in water. Do you remember chia pets? Chia gel is made from the same chia seeds.

      To keep smoothies interesting you can use many different fruits, frozen or fresh. They're delicious with all types of berries, with peaches, nectarines, apples, pineapples, mangoes...and you can also spice them up with cinnamon. You can use coconut milk, almond milk or rice milk instead of water. The possibilities are endless!

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      Kimi 9 years ago

      Nourishment for the body and soul wrapped up in a green concoction of beneficial ingredients! Terrific Jody. One question- What is the shelf life of these products? I am one who would attempt this but probably not every day. I must admit I am not very disciplined when it comes to my nutritional needs. I take most of my supplements in capsule form right now to ensure a healthy balance. However, I do understand the importance of whole foods as well. I do not spend much time in my kitchen. I know the benefits would definitely out weigh the costs but I also hate waste and would not want to throw away these products if not used up imediately. Do you have more recipes you could share with us for as they say, variety is the spice of life, and my palate would desire something different instead of the same thing day in and day out.

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      Jody Heckenlively 9 years ago

      Thanks for your comments, Joe and Amy.  Joe, sometimes my smoothies do feel like a feeding...deliberate eating for the nourishment!  And Amy, many of these ingredients can be found at your local health food store.  If you can't find them, you can order them from or by calling Farmacopia at 800-896-1484.

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      Amy Boyack 9 years ago from Idaho

      That sure sounds interesting. I get so tired of cereal. Is it expensive to find those ingredients? I don't believe I've ever seen them in grocery stores.

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      Joe Fox 9 years ago

      A very refreshing story! And I'm glad to see that you've recommended the addition of protein and complex carbs and fiber and whole food sources of vitamins and trace minerals. Nothing wrong with just fruits or veggies, that would be juice albeit with the fiber of the whole fruit, but that would not comprise a complete balanced meal. As wholistic health practitioners we endorse whole food nutrition and balance in every meal and snack, and teach individuals and families how to do this from scratch. Time for my next feeding!

    • Jody Heckenlively profile image

      Jody Heckenlively 9 years ago

      Yum is may not look pretty, but it sure tastes good!

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      James Oates III 9 years ago from Southern California



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