Berry Smoothie

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This smoothie is – by far – more cost effective than buying a smoothie for nearly $8.00.

Smoothies are great for breakfast, or a healthy snack when the sweet-tooth hits. You can even use them as baby food when beginning to introduce solid foods. I typically use the organic triple-berry mix at Costco, consisting of blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. However, you could simply use strawberries or blueberries.

The berries need to be frozen if you want the typical smoothie texture. Organic is always best, but regular fruit and vegetables are always better than none at all.

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Recipe:

• 1.5 cups filtered water or unsweetened almond or coconut milk
• 1 cup frozen mixed berries + 1/2 frozen banana
• 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
• 2 tablespoons creamy nut butter (or organic peanut butter if preferred)
• 1 tablespoon chia seeds
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon (preferably Ceylon cinnamon which has more benefits)
• 1 handful of organic spinach leaf

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender, start on low speed and gradually increase to high speed until smooth and creamy. If it seems watery, slowly add more berries till you get the desired consistency. If it’s too thick, add a little more water or non-dairy milk.

Serving size:

This serves 1-2 people, depending on how hungry you are!

Note: I often like to add 1¼ water and ¼ cup of canned coconut milk. Personally, I feel it gives it a better taste and consistency. Half an avocado can improve consistency and make the smoothie even more filling.  I commonly use amazon prime, which has free shipping.  This way I can order things like chia seeds, flax seeds, and cinnamon at a cheaper price.