Avocado & Raspberry Smoothie

For the better part of the last three years, I’ve started off my mornings with a delicious and healthy smoothie.  (This is why my NutriBullet is the second best Paleo investment I’ve made, and only behind my Crock Pot.)

To my dismay, when I opened the refrigerator this morning I realized that I had forgotten to go to the grocery store so I was going to have to make due with just a few ingredients.

In this case, less was definitely more!

Avocado and Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large Avocado
  • 1 cup of Frozen Berries (I used Raspberries, but Blueberries or Strawberries would work just as well)
  • A few florets of Broccoli
  • 2 tbsp. of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup of water (can use more or less depending on the consistency you prefer)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a NutriBullet cup (or blender cup, whatever you use)
  2. Blend for 30 seconds
  3. Enjoy

Do you have smoothies in the mornings?  What ingredients do you usually use?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

Review Monday – The NutriBullet

Just want a simple smoothie maker? Check out the NutriBullet!

As you probably know by reading this site, I love me some breakfast smoothies!  The problem was, I was using a regular cheap blender to make them each and every morning, which means that I really needed to water down the smoothie, or be ready to chew what should have been a “liquid meal.”

Thankfully, because my wife is awesome and actually listens when I complain about things, I got a NutriBullet for my birthday!

As you’d probably expect, I immediately threw all of the cups and lids in the dishwasher, and then as soon as they were done I made my first smoothie with kale, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, olive oil, ghee, and a little bit of water.

It. Was.  Delicious.

I didn’t have have to chew it or choke it down.  It had awesome consistency and tasted great!  Plus it was super easy to clean up.

Before I got the NutriBullet, I had been looking at getting a Vitamix, but it was just so hard to justify spending so much money (in some cases, up to $650!) for a quality blender, despite all of the rave reviews.  Plus, I didn’t need something that heated my food and made soup, so, again, I saw no need to pay for bells and whistles I was never going to use.

I’m definitely glad I held off on spending $400 or more on a Vitamix and got a NutriBullet instead!

What are your thoughts?  Do you have either a NutriBullet or a Vitamix?  Do you have to choke down your smoothies?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

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Paleo Strawberry and Almond Milk Smoothie

Being PaleoIt’s A LifestyleAnd there are tons of recipes to keep it that way!

Welcome to our weekly column of Paleo Recipes that will keep you on the right track while tapping into your culinary skills to create dishes that even the non-paleo folks in your life will crave!

Strawberry & Almond Milk Smoothie

Check out this awesome recipe from Kristen Silverman of It’s A Lifestyle!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of strawberries
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk (You can also use Coconut Milk/Coconut Water)
  • ¼ cup crushed ice (continue to add ice to thicken the smoothie)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor or blender, add almond milk and strawberries.  Blend until smooth.  Start adding in the ice to desired thickness.
  2. Serve in your favorite glass and garnish with a strawberry or an almond.   Enjoy!

 

My Breakfast Salad Smoothie

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Yes, those are raw eggs on top!

Back when I decided to go Paleo, I knew I had to replace my usual oatmeal and yogurt breakfast since it didn’t really go with all the cool new stuff I was learning.

I also knew I didn’t want to eat eggs and bacon every morning, so coming up with a quick and easy breakfast plan was pretty important to me.

So, finally, after I read Toadally Primal Smoothies by Todd Dosenberry, and I decided I would start having breakfast salad smoothies.  (Yes, you read the salad part correctly).  I figured it would be a great way to make sure I was getting all of the macro nutrients I needed to start the day off right.

Keep in mind, this is not juicing, this is a legit smoothie.

Here’s what my breakfast salad smoothies consist of:

FRUITS (CHOOSE ONE)

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tropical Blend of mango, bananas and pineapple

VEGETABLES (CHOOSE MANY)

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Red and green peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocado
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER ADDING

  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Pastured Eggs

I’ve been doing this for about a year now, and I can honestly say each smoothie has been both different and delicious.  It might take a little while to get used to the texture, but once you get past that, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start making these years ago!

Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”