Smoothies gone wild

In theory, blending a smoothie for breakfast is a quick and easy process. And maybe for some of you that is actually the case. It’s just no longer my reality.

Don’t get me wrong, if I search within the deep, dark recesses of my mind I am able to recall a much simpler time. A time when my smoothies probably more accurately resembled milkshakes. Back when I still ate ice-cream, yoghurt and cow’s milk. The days when the only things I remember adding to my banana, ice-cream / yoghurt and milk blend is ice, honey and maybe some chocolate syrup.

Fast forward to the here and now, and things could not be more different. And while a morning smoothie still retains an element of lazy meal preparation, given that everything’s simply thrown together and blended … I’ve well and truly blown that quick and easy theory out of the water.

Most mornings the Mr and I start our day in pretty leisurely fashion … enjoying the morning sun on our front patio, looking out on the world as we eat (or drink) our breakfast. But look, I seem to have skipped ahead of my story. Let’s go back to that whole smoothie preparation process. Because somewhere along the way our breakfast smoothie transitioned from simple into complex (and time-consuming). smoothie, breakfast smoothie, smoothie supplements, smoothie additives, smoothie powder blend, smoothie blend, vegan smoothie, vegetarian smoothie,

This photo shows some of the regular additions to our morning blend. I repeat, ‘some’ of the additions. As you can see, our ingredient list has become a little out of hand. Aside from bananas, nut milk, coconut water and frozen mixed berries … there are a long list of other ingredients which more often than not make their way into our blend:

  • Cacao (magnesium, antioxidants)
  • Super Greens (calcium, iron)
  • Rolled Oats (minerals)
  • Maca Powder (energy)
  • Glucosamine Powder (joint health)
  • Psyllium Husk (fibre)
  • Acai Berry Powder (amino acids, vitamins, trace elements)
  • Matcha Green Tea Powder (antioxidants)
  • Ground Flaxseed (omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Cinnamon (blood sugar regulation)
  • Protein Powder (protein)
  • Brewer’s Yeast (B vitamins)
  • Coconut Oil (fatty acids)
  • Potato Starch (soluble fibre)
  • Chia Seeds (nutrients, protein)
  • Udo’s Choice 3-6-9 Oil Blend (essential fatty acids)

You wouldn’t necessarily think it, but it’s amazing how much time it takes to individually add each ingredient. I’m sure if we were a little more organised, we’d find a better way. I know there are quite a few pre-mixed smoothie powder blends around the place, but I’m not always a fan of the ingredients they include. I like to try as close to raw, plant-based, whole food sources as I can.
Good thing I’m not fussy. Ha.

I’ve noticed our local supermarket stocking a few new smoothie blends by The Happy Sol Company including Cacao, Maca & Chia; Super Greens; and Super Reds … Given that they claim to be vegan, paleo and raw, they might be worth a try. Please let me know if you’ve already given something in their range a go (and whether you’d recommend).

The Mr recently suggested we should just formulate our own blend … now there’s an idea! Any takers (apart from me) for a healthy, vegan smoothie supplement powder with nothing but the best?