I have been trying to add grains into our smoothies for some time now without much success. Here are some of our previous breakfast smoothie recipes (which I liked):
The problem for my boys, I believe, is largely textural rather than taste. Recently, I found a range of powdered grains by Country Farm Organics to overcome the textural problem and the boys have been having breakfast smoothies without complaint.
I was also inspired by the infographic from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen to add in some “new” ingredients…
- 1 c almond milk (consider ground almonds – one serve is about 23 almonds)
- 2 tbsp 5 grain powder
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 c regular milk
- 5 tbsp strawberry yoghurt
- handful frozen raspberries
- handful frozen blueberries
- handful frozen blackberries
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 tsp strawberry supersprout powder
- 1 tsp apple supersprout powder
- 1 tsp barley grass powder
- Blend everything together in a high-speed blender
- I used frozen fruits so I don’t have to add ice
- I added milk to adjust the consistency of the smoothie – we prefer a thinner smoothie
- An alternative to using grain powders is to soak your oats overnight before blending as this will help remove the gritty texture of the smoothie and produce a smoother, silkier texture – we tried this and it overcame the textural problems we were having.
Chia Seeds in Moderation
Since we started adding chia seeds to our diet, I’ve done a little more reading about them and discovered a few important points to take note of. Chia seeds can cause constipation and bloating in some individuals and here are some ways to avoid the problem:
- drink more water
- soak the seeds before consuming them – 15 minutes in a seed-to-liquid ratio of 1:9
- smaller doses – 1 to 2 tablespoons tops
The high Omega-3 content of chia seeds is one of the main reasons we consume it. Another way to moderate how much chia seed we consume is to replace it with flaxseed which is also high in omega-3.
Almond Milk versus Ground Almonds
- lower cholesterol
- reduce cancer risk
- reduce risk of heart disease
Since the boys aren’t really fond of almonds (they have no nut allergies), I have been pondering how to add them into their diet. In this smoothie we used almond milk in the recipe – which seemed the way to go because almond milk is relatively flavourless and completely unnoticeable when you add it into a smoothie, except that almond milk contains carrageenan which is an additive that has been linked to gastrointestinal problems.
An alternative is to add almonds into your smoothie. To help with the textural problem, soak them overnight in water. The next day, remove the water and blend them into your smoothie with a high-power blender. I have yet to try this on the boys to see if it passes the taste test…