Aviva’s Kitchen: Pink Prana Perfection Breakfast Smoothie


Ingredients Print Recipe


1

1very small handful of raw almonds

2

tablespoons of coconut milk (milk, not water)

1

ripe banana

2

whole dates, pits removed

1/2

cup of frozen strawberries

1

cup of pure water, + 2 Tbs

After yoga at home this morning, I was in the mood for something light and fresh, yet still nourishing for breakfast to keep that open yoga glow feeling going into my writing time,  rather than diverting all my blood to my digestive system! So I decided on a smoothie. And I wanted to make something new. Which after years of making smoothies isn’t the simplest feat to conjure.

I took stock of my ingredients and what I was in the mood for: rich, not overly sweet yet still a little sweet (that time of the month, girls, you know how it is!), filling but not heavy, and pink. Yes, I wanted it to be pink.

Here’s what I came up with and WOW, this is now going rank in my top 5 all time favorite smoothies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 very small handful of raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk (milk, not water)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 whole dates, pits removed
  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of pure water, + 2 Tbs

To Prepare: 

Put everything in the blender EXCEPT the strawberries and cup of water. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the water and strawberries. Blend some more. It’s done. Savor. Next time I might add a dash of cardamom to warm it up energetically and for that delicious sweet, unusual, magical cardamom flavor. Oh and this would also make an amazing afternoon snack and will definitely hit the spot if you have a sweet tooth.

Makes about 1 pint (a serving) and gives you calcium, magnesium, protein, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and good juju!

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Teresa

Do you soak your almonds overnight so that they're easier to blend (and digest)? :)

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    aviva

    I didn't have any soaked today so I just went for it... but you can used soaked almonds, or for variety, even almond butter!

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Mary Ellen Zang

Sounds delish! Do you soak your almonds first? I like to add a dash of cinnamon to my smoothies to give it a little heat(not much, just enough for a hint). When I make smoothies for other people, they are always trying to figure out that secret ingredient. I'll try cardamon next time for something different.

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Trudi DIdo

I am SOOO glad I signed up for your newsletter!!

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    aviva

    YAY!!! I'm so glad you did, too! THANK YOU!

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Makenna

Fresh dates or dried?

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Janine

Lovely! Great addition to my "new momma binder", ok to print with credit, of course. Look forward to trying this simple recipe today!!

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Makenna

So I skipped the dates, I wouldn't even know where to find them in my middle of nowhere town. But the cardamom is AMAZING as and addition.

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Arlette

strawbetteries, love that word; they do power you up those little red fruits; like a battery. I am Dutch, I first thought it was a fruit I didn't know when reading the list of ingredients :)

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Keri

Aviva, wondering what you think about the glycemic impact of this smoothie, especially as a breakfast? When I analyzed it in nutritiondata.com it came up with 54g of sugar (naturally occurring that is) and a glycemic load of 32. With all of the research supporting low glycemic diets for fertility, is this some thing that would be acceptable in your fertility patient's diets? Thanks!

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    aviva

    Hi Keri, Important to consider is that when you combine the fruit with almond butter and protein from the dairy you get a much slower burn that just getting the sugar alone. For most folks this should not be too much of a load - but for folks with blood sugar problems, you can modify. Important to consider also that when folks skip breakfast they are more likely to grab just a straight up sugary food later in the morning, and many folks' breakfasts when they do eat them are full of empty carbs and simple sugar - so this is still far above. Thanks for your thoughtful fact and sugar checking! Love it! Aviva

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