If your mornings are anything like mine, they're hectic. While it would be nice to have the time to cook a hot breakfast before shuffling off to work and to school, most mornings that just isn't in the cards. (I'll be honest - most mornings, I'm lucky if I leave the house with a matching pair of shoes on.) But the only thing worse than a chaotic morning is a chaotic morning on a completely empty stomach. And, no, coffee does not count.
That's where smoothies come in. They're so quick to make and you can literally use whatever fruits you have on hand. No advanced planning required. Smoothies are also nutritional powerhouses. You get the health benefits of so many wonderful foods in one simple drink.
Things have been even more hectic than usual for me lately, now that OmegaOil is officially on sale. Weekends have been gobbled up with product production, meetings galore, and farmer's markets. Needing a small break to recharge, I took this afternoon to spend with my son visiting family in my small, semi-rural hometown. It was a pleasure beyond what I could have expected. I was struck by how poetic it felt to be in the place of my childhood now with my own child beside me.
It was a lovely August day, so - after stopping for ice cream sundaes as big as our heads - we decided to go meander around the local produce farm. We spent hours picking cheery cherry tomatoes, digging through the dirt for six types of potatoes, and ultimately happening upon the plumpest, sweetest blueberries - all of which (plus a whole lot of dirt) came home with us tonight. Reflecting upon the loveliness of my Sunday afternoon and the contrasting Monday-morning rush that was just hours away, I was reminded of my favorite smoothie recipe. Delicious and soothing like Sunday; easy and no-fuss like Monday.
Blueberries are my favorite fruit to use in smoothies - especially these late summer beauties from Ward's Berry Farm - but you can substitute any fruit(s) you like.
Being picky about our ingredients:
I prefer to use Greek yogurt because of it's thick texture and high protein. Of the supermarket varieties, Fage is my favorite. It's thicker than it's competition and the tangy-ness of the plain flavor makes a good base to build a smoothie on.
Adding OmegaOil to your smoothie kicks it into a whole new nutritious category. In addition to the antioxidants from the berries, you're now getting lots of omega-3s in your drink. I also love the subtle floral flavor it gives. And don't be afraid to add oil to a smoothie! (Remember when we would have thought butter in coffee was weird?)
- 6 oz plain Fage Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 tsp OmegaOil Dipping & Dressing Oil
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Drizzle of honey (to taste)
- 3/4 cup ice
Total time: 5 min