The upper Midwest had a fluke winter warm up this past weekend for a bit of spring/summer tease.
However, typically this is the time of year where we are starving for a little “paradise”. Therefore, it could be the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen.
Frozen fruit can be a great way to leverage powerful phytonutrients into the diet, particularly across times of the year where seasonable options are not available fresh. A key to healthful smoothies is balance.
I have found that tropical fruit combos, although sweet, can be used in moderation to balance greens such as spinach or super green based blends.
Including options such as chia or hemp seeds and a spoonful of coconut butter, avocado, or nut butter will add compounds such as omega 3 and healthful fats.
A combination that I find most appealing is as follows:
- 1 bag of organic tropical frozen fruit blend, 16 oz (typically this includes pineapple, banana, strawberries, and mango)
- 2 handfuls of raw spinach (often available through hoop house suppliers in winter)
- 1 spoonful raw greens powder
- Approx. 1-2 tbsp coconut butter
- Approx. 1 tsp chia seeds
- Approx. 2 tsp cinnamon
- If desired, a splash of well-sourced nut milk (liquid from the fruit may be sufficient or water can be used)
Blend to desired consistency.
***NOTE: The above recipe may not be suitable for all dietary plans particularly those considerate of food combining.
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A few years ago I had a friendly waitress let me in on a little secret; cook quinoa directly in the coconut milk for “breakfast quinoa”. Add some seasoning such as cinnamon and, voila, a simple breakfast substitute.
Well sourced quinoa (often from fair trade channels in countries such as Bolivia) is good for a.m. protein, at 8 grams per cup. It is also a “complete protein” which refers to the whole form and that fact that it consists of an adequate proportion of essential amino acids. Appropriate protein and healthful fat sources incorporated into the a.m. meal is thought to help support appropriate hormonal regulation through out the day.
To make your sweetheart (and you yourself are also a sweetheart!) a special Valentine’s day themed breakfast, consider making this and adding antioxidant rich dark cherries, raspberries, or strawberries. Although not in season for all this time of year, organic berries can typically be found in the frozen food section or freeze dried fruits have seemed to pick up in popularity.
I would also suggest cacao nips and coconut flakes!
*Note: Freeze dried fruits are great for travel and not candied in the way dried fruit options are.
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