When I cut meat out of my diet (except fish) in 2013, I knew needed to find a good way to load up on specific nutrients. I discovered breakfast smoothies and how quickly you can pack them with all the nutrients you need.
I’ve had one every day since, except while traveling, because it’s not easy to find a blender on the road, nor is it easy to transport one. That means that basically I have eaten a banana a day since 2012, because I use bananas as the base for almost all of my smoothies. That’s a lot of bananas!
I like to get creative with my smoothies, focusing on using fruits that are in season as the main ingredient. At least weekly I’ll use a new fruit as the focus of the smoothie. One week I’ll do grapefruit smoothies with strawberries and “cream” (Greek yogurt) or Orange Dreamsicle Smoothies with oranges and greek yogurt. Another week I’ll focus on berries and make use of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or whatever is on sale at the market that week. Mango Coconut Smoothies are another favorite, tropical flavored smoothie.
Sage was once considered a medicinal cure all, yet the medicinal qualities of the aromatic sage leaf can be tough to incorporate into your regular routine. The under-appreciated sage is great for digestive issues, like stomach pain, bloating, and heartburn and can be used to remedy depression and memory loss. This powerful smoothie features fresh blackberries, Sage leaves plucked straight from the plant, which continues to thrive in my self watering Earth Box Junior (I love that thing!), and a mix of other ingredients to start your day on the right foot.
“A tablespoon of sage has 43% of the daily recommended serving of vitamin K. Sage is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin in much higher doses than the recommended daily requirements, as well as healthy amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, and copper.” (The Spruce)
And in case you’re wondering which blender I use, what kind of blender could possibly stand up to the rigors of daily smoothie making, I’m a passionate Magic Bullet user. It’s been life changing.
All you have to do is drop the following ingredients into your blender, blend, drink, et voilà!
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 4-5 Sage leaves
- 3/4 cup almond milk (or other milk of choice)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I use Chobani fat free)
- 1 ice cube
- * I also add a tablespoon of ground Flaxseed to my smoothies
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