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Betsy’s Breakfast Smoothie

by Nick

This may come as a complete surprise to you, but I do most of the cooking in our house. I know. Shocking right?! But one area where Betsy has me crushed is in the daily breakfast department.

Before we started living together I used to not really eat breakfast at all. My breakfast started with a big cup of coffee. Of course, I was starving by lunchtime and would gorge myself on all kinds of snacks and stuff throughout the day.

Betsy on the other hand liked breakfast but she wasn’t much into heavy breakfasts. She used to eat cereal everyday.

These days, however, we are both all about the breakfast smoothie. This is her department entirely. I rarely make one. She’s been trying lots of different mixes over the last few months and she finally landed on one that I think is really solid.

We’ve been having this every morning for at least a month and I’m not sick of it at all. It gives me lots of energy. In fact, I get grumpy now if I don’t start my day with one.

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2 big smoothies
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Print Recipe Betsy's Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 1/2 Cup yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Cups assorted frozen fruit (we usually use a mix of mangos, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries)
  • 1/2 Cup tofu (silken works best, but anything will work)
  • 1/4 Cup milled flax seed
  • Necessary Equipment:
  • A good blender (From Amazon.  This is the one I've used for over a year now every day.  Still runs like a charm.)

Directions

1) Add all ingredients to a blender.

2) Blend.

3) Drink.

Making the Smoothie

Honestly, I don’t even think Betsy measures this recipe when she makes it every morning. I tried to get close to what it looks like she uses.

I know it always starts with these things though.

basic smoothie ingredients

Frozen fruit is key.

Frozen fruit is definitely key for a good smoothie. It means you don’t have to add any ice at all. We just buy the mixed berry frozen fruit packages and use those so the smoothies have a little bit of everything. We went through a phase were we would buy the individual frozen varieties and try to perfect the mix, but it wasn’t really worth it.

On the order

I’m honestly not really sure if the order matters when adding your ingredients to the blender. I mean, after all, it is a blender. It’s gonna blend whatever you put it in unless you have a really crappy one.

We usually do liquids, then soft stuff, then frozen stuff, but I’m not sure that it really makes a difference.

fruit on top

Order probably doesn’t matter too much.

The two ingredients that we’ve most recently added to this mix is the tofu and the flax seed. Some might say that this makes us hippies, but I say that it makes us healthy!

The tofu is packed with protein which keeps you full longer throughout the day (and trust me you can’t even taste it). Meanwhile the flax seed is one of the best sources of fiber out there.

One note on the flax seed. If you want to try it out, make sure you get the ground (or milled) variety and not the whole seeds. You can’t really digest the whole seeds.

If you’re bored, here’s the full nutritional breakdown on ground flax.

add ins

That’s tofu. Not feta.

If you’ve never tried adding flax to things like smoothies, I really recommend it. And it’s not one of those hippie foods that’s crazy expensive either. You just use a few tablespoons at a time and you can get almost a pound of it for a few bucks on Amazon.

flax

Whole flax would be pointless I guess.

Ok. So that’s the end of my flax rant. And no I wasn’t paid by the Association for the Future of Flax to say those things.

Back to the smoothie

Once you have all your stuff in the blender, just start it up! If it’s too thick add a bit more OJ and if it’s too thin, add some more frozen fruit. That’s all there is to it.

I really like my blender because it’s simple and it works. It only has two speeds: Pulse and ON. I’ve never really understood those blenders with like 12 different speeds.

blend it

Old faithful!

Pour it into a glass and serve it immediately! Actually, you can keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so without a problem, but it’s best right away in my mind.

Sometimes Betsy has one waiting for me when I get back from a morning run and that’s when I know I’m a lucky fella.

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Great flavor and texture.

I’m not sure that I would attribute it entirely to these smoothies, but I’ve lost ten pounds this year which conveniently matches the amount of time we’ve been making smoothies for breakfast every day.

Get on the smoothie train people. Seriously.

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28 comments on “Betsy’s Breakfast Smoothie

  1. Great smoothie Nick!~ I like to grind my own flax seeds using my coffee grinder. It is even cheaper that way, and the seeds last longer.

    I do almost the same thing as you, but I like to add full fat yogurt, a frozen banana, and protein powder for my morning kick. I am going to start adding in flax seeds now that you mention it.

    Breakfast is my favorite part of the day, for sure. I am not sure that I want to give up my bacon though… or sausage. LOL

  2. I got bored and read how much Omega 3 and 6 just one teaspoon contains. Funny thing, just last night at Trader Joe’s I almost bought flax. Now I realize why I need to. And, I’ll put it in my shake. Not sure about the tofu though, but maybe I’ll get brave.

  3. Just made this smoothie for me and my husband for breakfast! It was delicious. Still gotta have my coffee, though!

  4. Just made one of these for lunch and it’s delicious! Substituted some V8 Strawberry Banana juice for the OJ and flax seed oil instead of the seeds. Yum!!

  5. I make one of these every morning but I also add vanilla whey protein (26g protein) and a tablespoon of Trader Joe’s “Very Green” powder along with the flax seed. I replace the OJ and yogurt with almond milk or coconut water. I have chopped frozen spinach that I add to it (can’t taste it) and also shove some acai juice (very expensive!!) or gogi berries in it on occasion. When Whole Foods has organic fresh fruits on sale I buy them, wash, cut, dry then mix together in a zip lock bag in the freezer – fresh, local, organic fruits are the best! I try to make mine as much of a powerhouse drink as I can. And I add flax to EVERYTHING – pasta sauce, pancake mix, muffins, etc.

    1. Nice. Bets just tried adding a handful of spinach to ours this morning and it's great. Can't really taste it but definitely jams in some nutrients and makes the color a bit darker.

    1. Sorry it took me many days to reply! But yes… they would freeze fine. You would want to thaw them halfway and reblend them though when you wanted one which would actually take longer than just making one from scratch I think…

      You could freeze the mix in ice cube trays though… then throw a few in with some over stuff and blend it.

  6. Nick, I love your site! I just found it and I'm hooked.

    I recently created a delicious smoothie (that includes kale) and realized later that I could have added flax seeds. I bought them a while ago but haven't figured out what to do with them – every recipe seems to call for ground flax so I was starting to think that I had made a mistake in buying them. Thanks Jason S, I'll grind them myself. I didn't know that you couldn't digest the whole seeds… I've been adding them to my cereal the last 2 mornings. Oops!

    Anyway, thanks for the great posts. I'll be checking in frequently!

  7. I just made these today… fantastic!! We don't have flax seed or tofu here in Ecuador (I could buy soy milk and make it, which is what a few vegetarian restaurants told me they do) so I just used soy milk, some oatmeal, and a second banana. Oh also I used fresh squeezed oj (delicious down here and sooo cheap we buy dozens of oranges every time we go to the market).

    While I was shopping for the stuff, I bought some quinoa. It's very popular here in the Andes region, but in two years, I don't think I've ever had it. I'm gonna try it next time (i was so hungry and anxious to make the smoothie I didn't want to wait to cook the quinoa and let it cool… haha).

    1. I'll let you know how it goes with the quinoa. I'm pretty sure you can get it in the states. I believe it has all 9 essential amino acids, making it a great addition to the smoothie (as long as it doesn't ruin the taste, of course). I want to try the spinach too, but one change at a time just to make it a bit more "scientific" ya know…

  8. I do a different spin on my smoothies. As Jason said, I put spinach (fresh) in mine, but I also add a whole organic lemon–yep, peel, seeds, and all! It seems like it would make a smoothie tart beyond belief, right? Nope. It adds a “bright,” surprisingly sweet flavor. I bet a myer lemon would taste even sweeter. Using organic lemons here is important, since you’re eating the peel.

    I also include flax (I grind my own since it’s cheaper), but I found that (ch-ch-ch) chia seeds have more of the nutrients I want (more anti-oxidants; less chance of going rancid), and they have a neutral flavor like flax. I use both.

    Greek yoghurt is one of my favorite ways to get in a few more grams of protein. Instead of juice, I use unsweetened, vanilla-flavored almond milk. I get enough sugars from the fruit, so this way I can dodge a few carbs.

  9. Nick – I’ve gotta hand it to you again (or Betsy, really!). I tried smoothies early in the school year when my breakfast-averse kiddo started kindergarten (she’s not against breakfast, she’s just not hungry for a while after she gets up, but you can’t wait until 9 for breakfast when school starts at 8:10!). I made several varieties using various fruit/yogurt/juice mixtures, but she just wasn’t interested. After you featured this recipe as one of Betsy’s favorites, I decided to give it a try and made sure we had everything on hand. Made it this morning and she drank the whole cup! I don’t know what made “your” smoothie better than “my” smoothies (honestly I didn’t think it tasted all that different), but whatever it was, it’s a winner! Summer of smoothies, here we come!

      1. Hey Nick, just wanted to report back – we are now hooked on these breakfast smoothies as well. I don’t know what we’ll do when winter comes and an icy drink isn’t so appetizing first thing in the morning. Also, we’ve switched to peach smoothies lately with all of the fabulous peaches in season. I just substitute peaches for all of the fruit (usually I use 2) and add a little ice to make it a smoothie. So fabulous!

  10. Would this last a day in the fridge? My boyfriend hates smoothies for breakfast but I love them, I know I can just half the recipe but laziness is a virtue i possess ;)

  11. ME and steve have been making smoothies like this for a few months now… well i make them then make him drink them! lol I put flax and wheat germ and protein powder into ours. I always do milk then all my add in’s then my frozen yogurt ice cubes then frozen fruit. if i don’t do this my extras seem to stick to the glass of our blender.

  12. Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog shine.

    Please let me know where you got your theme.

    Bless you

    1. Hey Patricia, yea… it’s a custom theme. I worked with Lindsay at purr design (www.purrdesign.com) for most of it and then have a few customizations that I’ve done on my own. It has been a work in progress for like four years… :)

  13. Nick – I just stumbled upon your blog yesterday when doing a search for a smoothie including tofu and flax (trying to get my HDL count up!). So glad I found you! I tried this smoothie this morning and it was so good! I have some leftovers in the fridge for later – hopefully they will still be as yummy. I’ve printed off your Dessert for Breakfast smoothie to try out for this week. Keep the smoothies coming! I’m brand new to my Vitamix and making smoothies….or anything in the kitchen in general. I’ve always been a bit intimidated in the kitchen but after losing 100 pounds this year am trying to be a bit braver….hey, I roasted brussel sprouts the other day and they were actually good. I love how you give instruction and tips – sooo helpful and takes some of the intimidation out of everything. THANK YOU!

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