A liquid breakfast is the way forward. If you are not a fan of stirring porridge in the morning look no further. Smoothies are a meal in a cup. Breakfast on the run. Missed lunch? Grab a smoothie to get you through till dinner time. During my studies at Matthew Kenney Culinary, I learned that smoothies are not just about chucking whatever you fancy in the blender. There is a structure to achieving the most nutritiously dense and balanced smoothie. Farewell, one-dimensional yoghurt, banana, strawberry, and kiwi.
There are four main components to constructing the ultimate smoothie, vegan or not. The base can be coconut water, fruit juice or milk (hemp/nut/soya/moo). The core is the overall flavour of the drink which is determined by what fruit you use. Using a combination of fresh fruit and frozen fruit such as a banana eliminates the need for more ice and lends a cooler and creamier consistency to the drink. Next, we have superfoods, enhancers, or additional flavour seasonings. Adding spirulina to your juice or smoothie is so last season. Now we have hemp seeds, goji berries, chia seeds, raw cacao, acai, bee pollen, camu camu, maca, moringa, coconut oil, and flaxseed oil. The list goes on and on. Special seasonings can include vanilla pods, doTERRA essential oils, and spices.
TARA-LEE’S TOP TIP
When choosing an additional superfood do not try and add all of them. Choose carefully and think about the overall flavour balance and what you are looking to get from your smoothie?
clear skin=hemp seeds
extra hydration= chia seeds
Experiment and enjoy your creations.
RISE & SHINE SMOOTHIE
Makes 2 glasses. Takes 3 minutes
2 cups fresh almond milk
1 frozen organic banana
Handful organic rolled oats (gluten-free optional)
½ cup ice
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp raw honey/ 2 Medjool dates, destoned
1 tbsp maca
1 tbsp raw cacao powder (omit if you cannot handle chocolate first thing in the morning)
1 tbsp hemps seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp Madagascan vanilla extract
1 tbsp organic raw coconut oil
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Blend all ingredients. Pour, drink and be grateful.