When you get your wisdom teeth removed, eating yogurt for breakfast, lunch and supper gets real boring real fast so you gotta mix it up. Here’s where the smoothie comes in. Summer is fast approaching but it’s not quite here yet so an array of different berries is a pretty fitting fruit choice I think. Also, berries are tasty and I love them. I used frozen berries because this is Namibia and the struggle is real but feel free to use fresh berries if you like.
A basic smoothie consists of a bunch of fruit and/or vegetables, some sort of liquid to make it drinkable and some added sweetness to taste, if desired. My smoothies usually consist of fruit and/or vegetables, Greek or plain yogurt, oats or hemp seeds and a splash of milk. In almost all smoothies I make, regardless of the flavour, I always add a banana. It gives the smoothie a more creamy texture and more body and it doesn’t affect or overpower the main fruit flavours in any way which is great. I like to use plain yogurt because it has almost no added sugar and I honestly just prefer the taste and consistency compared to flavoured yogurts.
In the past I would use oats to give my smoothies an added kick of health but I recently discovered the magical powers of hemp seeds. They’re actually seeds of a species of cannabis but don’t get too excited, it has none of the side effects of the actual recreational drug. However, it is an incredibly great super food. It has the perfect balance of proteins, omega 3 and 6 oils for brain, skin and hair health, vitamins, enzymes, minerals and all 8 essential, easily digestible amino acids. Plus, it has no sugars or saturated fats. Adding just 1-2 tablespoons of this stuff can take your smoothies to a complete and utter other level of good and healthy things for your body.
Of course oats are still a great addition to your smoothies but hemp seeds kinda kick oats’s ass. But if you use them both then you can pretty much take over the entire world or at least conquer your day and make it through the morning until lunch.
Adding a splash of milk loosens the smoothie up for the perfect drinking consistency. I don’t add any extra sugar to my smoothies as I find the natural sweetness of the fruits are enough but feel free to add any type of sweetener like honey or whatever fits your dietary needs. I have also recently discovered the power of dates as a natural sweetener. Add just a few dates to your smoothie for added guilt free natural sweetness and added bit of fibre. If you, like me, do not like the taste or texture of dates you have nothing to worry about. Your smoothie will taste absolutely nothing like dates. It’s a win win for everyone!
Smoothies are so crazy simple to make and super adaptable for whatever ingredients you have at hand or whatever ingredients you want to include. The only real complication, when it comes to smoothie making is the equipment, or much rather, the lack there of. So what I’m really trying to say is; the only thing stopping you from making a smoothie is your lack of a blender. And if that’s not an issue for you then gosh darn it, what are you waiting for!?
Like I said, smoothies are super adaptable so I’m not even going to give you proper measurements because you don’t really need any. Go with your gut, your instinct. Follow your heart! You can pretty much never fail when it comes to smoothie making and that’s the beauty behind it so go mad! Add whatever you want! I promise, nobody will judge you.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
- Frozen mixed berries
- 1 banana
- 1 heaped tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 heaped tbsp oats (gluten free if you prefer)
- Greek/plain yogurt
- Splash of milk
- Pitted dates (optional)
- Place the oats and the hemp seeds in the blender and blend till smooth.
- Then chuck everything else in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Add more or less milk to get your preferred consistency and add more or less dates for sweetness.
Serves 1 huge serving or 2 normal sized servings
This serves as many or as little people you want depending on how much of each ingredient you use.