Today I am going to share one of my all time favorite breakfast smoothies with you. It’s filling, it’s super creamy, it’s absolutely delicious, and absolutely nutritios. It fuels you with loads of amino acids, with loads of vitamin C, tons of vitamin b6 (around 61% of your daily needs with only this smoothie), with loads of folate, iron, calcium, and fiber. It will cover almost all your manganese needs for the day, it will provide you with magnesium, copper, zinc, and other minerals, and you will just feel great when starting your day with this super-smoothie. I promise 🙂
I make this smoothie since three years now. Not every day but every now and then. I started drinking it after giving birth to my little girl. Like many women I didn’t really had much appetite the days after her arrival. And yet, I knew it was extremely important to get loads of carbohydrates so that I produce enough milk for my baby. And of course I wanted to eat as many nutrients as possible to give my baby and myself the best possible. Since I was not very much into fresh smoothies with oranges, pineapple, or kiwi at the time I started playing around with creamy smoothies. I tried a few different versions with oats and bananas, and just bananas, and finally, with cooked quinoa and bananas. And I sticked to that one.
I had a liter of the smoothie every day during the first weeks of my baby’s arrival and I remember how I once went on a walk with a friend of mine who had some problems nursing. I told her to eat more carbs and let her try my smoothie (I always brought one when I was on walk, I brought it everywhere 😀 ) and she was like “oh my, it tastes just like the yummiest ever cake!”. And yes, it is true somehow that it pretty much tastes like cake. So she started making herself high carb smoothies and her problems nursing stopped. More often than not more carbs are the answer.
Anyway, also for those of you who are not nursing and do not plan to; this smoothie is amazing! Give it a try, I promise you will come back for more.
So here is what you need for a big good breakfast smoothie:
1 cup quinoa (cooked)
2-3 ripe bananas
1/2 liter of oat or almond mylk
Some cinnamon and/or vanilla
Superfood add on of choice.
I like to add some white to this smoothie so usually it is maca (which goes great with the taste) or lucuma. Currently I am using a blend of baobab, acerola cherry, and grapeseed flour from Berlin Organics. But just go with whatever superfoods you like and have – or do not add any at all. You will still be left with a super nutritious smoothie.
Now just add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until smooth. Maybe you like to add some more water or oat milk. Maybe you like it very thick and creamy!? Just try how you like the consistency best. The taste will be great eitherway.
And that’s it already! Simple recipes are always my favorites, as you may know ;)!?
By the way, if you do not have quinoa in the house you can play around with other grains, of course. So try oats, cooked rice, buckwheat, or whatever you have left over. As long as you have a good blender you will be able to make a delicious creamy smoothie from it. I love the quinoa version best because of the nutty flavor the quinoa has. However, it is delicious with oats too. They make the smoothie slightly sweeter so you may not need as many dates. Buckwheat is stronger in taste, which can be amazing when you like buckwheat. But when you don’t you should rather try another grain. Leftover rice is part of my smoothies whenever I have some in the fridge. I do usually not like to re heat cold rice so I prefer using them in creamy breakfast smoothies.
What are your favorite grain based smoothies? Or are you are fruit-only smoothie lover? I would love to know!
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