The smoothie craze has taken over the whole world – among hipsters and spirituality-driven soul-searching travellers alike; including yours truly. While they are not the ideal supplement for a well-rounded wholesome breakfast, they make for a great bi-weekly quick shake-up for when you are pressed for time. And the best part is that you can pack them with nutrition and not have them taste like the sattu ka sharbat your grandmother used to make you swallow as a child! So here is my ultra healthy smoothie recipe for those who love drinking them, and even those who haven’t tried one yet.
Ingredients (For 1 person):
- 1 banana, peeled and chopped into chunks
- 1 cup yoghurt, unsweetened
- 3 tablespoons toned milk (optional – can be replaced with water / soy milk / almond milk / fruit juice)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon oats
- 3-4 almonds
- 2-3 seedless dates, chopped finely
- Honey (or maple syrup), to taste
Grind the almonds, dry oats and flaxseed powder in a grinder to blend and form a fine powder. Add the dates and grind at intervals till well mixed. Add this to your blender with the rest of the ingredients and ice and whizz till blended. You can leave it slightly chunky if you like the pieces of fruit.
- Flaxseeds are available whole or powdered in any large departmental store / foreign goods store (or combination fresh and processed food stores like Neelam Foodland in Khar, West). It is best to dry roast the raw seeds and powder them for better absorption. Powdered seeds which come in a packet can be added directly to your smoothie.
- A handful of fresh chopped spinach boosts the nutrient quotient of this smoothie (and still tastes good)
- The oats should ideally be the instant ready-to-eat variety that you would cook with milk or water. Add it dry to the smoothie however.
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