This is a guest post from Todd of PrimalToad.com.
Are you struggling for breakfast ideas? Here is a tip Forget about categorizing certain foods for certain times of the day. Now your options are truly unlimited. Do you enjoy roasts cooked in the slow cooker? Why not make a large batch and enjoy it for breakfast too?! Broil salmon and enjoy it with a sweet potato another morning. Eat eggs for dinner one night.
Or, perhaps, you’ll go for a mouth-watering smoothie?!
One food that we traditionally think is only for breakfast is smoothies. I drink smoothies at anytime during the day but I find myself enjoying them in the morning more so than any other time of the day. I think this is reasonable to say with everyone else. Why? They are incredibly quick and easy. If I were to follow a recipe then it would take me less than 5 minutes to create every single time. Clean up is also a breeze.
If you have enjoyed several smoothies in the past, more than likely you assume that all smoothies are supposed to be sweet. A traditional smoothie is loaded with fruit but I am going to encourage you to go a different route. Why not enjoy a mouth-watering smoothie that is full of nutrition and flavor but includes only a reasonable amount of sugar? My smoothies, including almost all 70 inside my recipe ebook, Toadally Primal Smoothies, are lower in sugar. All have a reasonable amount. You see, you do not have to load up on sugar to make something taste good.
Why not add healthy fat?
Maybe you are still afraid of fat. I’m here to tell you that your body craves fat, especially saturated fat. Did I just say that? Yes. Ever since the government has told you to back away from fat, what has happened to the health of the world?
Fat is your friend. Go crazy with monounsaturated fat and saturated fat. Limit your intake of omega 6 fatty acids since too much leads to inflammation which increases your chances of getting heart disease.
Try experimenting with these smoothie ingredients…
- Egg Yolk
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Blanched Almonds
- Sweet Potatoes
- Spices: Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Ground Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Ginger Jamaican All Spice
Avocados add creaminess, vitamins, minerals, lots of monounsaturated fat and are a complete protein.
Egg yolks are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They have lots of cholesterol but this has little to no effect on your blood cholesterol levels. Egg yolks add a little creaminess and helps smooth out the overall texture.
Coconut milk and coconut oil are made from the meat, the white stuff, inside of coconuts. Both are full of heart healthy saturated fat and provide clean energy. Coconut milk contains some vitamins and minerals with a touch of protein while coconut oil is pure fat with no vitamins and minerals. Add only melted coconut oil to your smoothies for easy blending. Blending all ingredients first and then adding coconut oil and blending again helps too. Coconut products add a hint of sweetness as well.
I use macadamias, blanched almonds and pistachios in my smoothies more often than any other nut. A major problem with nuts are the high content of omega 6 fatty acids. You want to limit this type of fat in order to prevent excessive inflammation. Macadamias are super low in omega 6 and are also full of flavor. Monounsaturated fat is heavily present as well. Almonds and pistachios contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Go for blanched almonds and de shelled pistachios for best blending and texture.
Pumpkin is a perfect food to add to your smoothies at this time of the year. I buy canned pumpkin but if you have fresh pumpkin then definitely go with that! Pumpkin is nutrient dense without much sugar yet lots of flavor.
Sweet potatoes are cheap and a favorite tuber among health enthusiasts. They are one of the best sources of carbohydrates as they are, you guessed it, full of vitamins and minerals! I have yet to add sweet potatoes to any of my smoothies but will be doing so any day now!
Adding spices to your smoothies is another way to add flavor without increasing the sugar content. My favorites for smoothies are cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and jamaican all spice. Experiment with these and don’t be afraid to try any of your favorite spices in your smoothies.
Stevia is the only non sugar sweetener that is safe. Ask anyone in the world and they will agree if they have any health knowledge. You may have to be slightly careful with what brand you buy. You are safe with buying the Kal brand on Amazon.
Are you ready for a smoothie recipe?
Buttery Cinnamon Pumpkin Smoothie
This smoothie comes with a “perfect” cinnamon and pumpkin flavor combination. It is super thick and creamy as well. Experiment yourself by substituting different spices. Try substituting sweet potatoes for the pumpkin. Coconut milk for the pumpkin sounds awesome too! The more you experiment, the more you learn and the easier it becomes to create a kick ass smoothie recipe.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pumpkin
4 large egg yolks
1/2 small banana
2 tablespoons avocado
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup ice
I add all ingredients in the order presented and then blend until smooth! Enjoy!
Are you hungry for more?
I have a strong passion for smoothies. This passion lead to the start of Toadally Primal Smoothies. It is a recipe ebook that includes 70 recipes. Anyone who buys today gets FREE updates when available. Right now, I have a dozen more recipes to hand out to all buyers that are not inside the ebook. A smoothie guide is in the works too that will be yours for FREE.
The best part? It’s normally $17 but I am handing out an early Christmas present to anyone who is interested… its available for only $7 through the rest of 2011.
Learn more here.
About the author
Todd Dosenberry is better known as Primal Toad. He is modern day caveman who enjoys living minimally. He is working on slowing down and enjoying every moment on this beautiful place we call Earth. You can find him at various places around the web. For more on smoothies, go to PrimalSmoothies.com.