This breakfast month has been so much fun so far! There are endless cartons of eggs, strawberries and potatoes going through my kitchen. But the buttons on my jeans are not holding together as confidently as I’d like them to so I now find myself sucking in my stomach in fear that the top button is going to comically pop off and hit someone in the eye!
So I gave my frying pan a little break for the weekend and busted out the blender. My trusty, stolen-from-my-mom blender. I love a good smoothie to start my morning. It’s my go to in the summer months on my way to work. I love trying out new flavour combinations when it comes to smoothies. I toss in some spare fruit, leftover vegetables like carrots, beets or greens and hope for something spectacular! Sometimes it’s incredible and delicious and I feel like I’ve won breakfast. Other days it’s less so and whatever went into the blender that morning should never have in the first place. Live and learn?
What I have learned is that spices go REALLY REALLY well in smoothies. A little cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla goes a long way and the resulting flavour lingers on your tongue long after you’ve finished your drink. So I’m making two recipes for you today, berry cinnamon spice and citrus turmeric.
And here comes the bonus part, these spices have a lot of health benefits to make you feel even better about yourself. Cinnamon helps reduce the risk of heart disease and helps to bring down sugar levels while turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Good for your taste buds and your health! Just be careful when you bust out the turmeric, it will stain your clothes something awful!As soon as I taste the citrus and turmeric smoothie, it instantly reminds me of my mother’s curry dishes. I know that sounds weird, but it’s the subtle, ginger taste of the turmeric that makes me feel homesick (I promise the smoothie doesn’t actually taste like curry!). It’s sweet and creamy and makes me feel like my body is instantly detoxing all the grease and bacon out of my body. The berry and cinnamon smoothie is slightly tart but refreshing and totally addictive!
I love making these smoothies when I don’t have much time in the morning to make breakfast. You could even prep the fruit in individual Ziploc bags on the weekend, freeze and then use as needed! Pop the frozen berries in the blender with some yogurt and milk and you’re ready to go!
- 1 cup of blackberries
- ¼ cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 banana, sliced
- ½ an orange, peeled and in segments
- ½ cup mango chunks (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup of greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp turmeric
To garnish, add extra greek yogurt, chia seeds, quinoa, fruit, granola, nuts and chocolate chips
- Blackberry cinnamon: blend all the ingredients together and pour into large glasses. Sweeten with extra honey to taste and garnish with toppings.
- Citrus Turmeric: blend all the ingredients together and pour into large glasses. Sweeten with extra honey to taste and garnish with toppings.