My Breakfast Smoothie

11.14.2014

For those of you who don't know I lost 28 pounds earlier this year and thank goodness I have kept it off. I cut out all foods made with wheat flour and am trying to mostly eat organic and no processed foods. For three months I drank a smoothie every morning and then juiced for lunch. Juicing means I bought a juicer and placed fresh raw vegetables and some fruits in it and I drank the juice that came out. Then I ate a light dinner each night and drank lots of water with lemon. I still have my morning coffee with cream and organic sugar. That is the one thing I would not give up. Now I may juice a couple times a week for lunch. I lost the weight in less than three months. Many have asked that I share some of my recipes. I don't really have a lot of recipes to share, but this is my go to breakfast every morning.

I made this one using frozen blueberries and every other day I use frozen strawberries. You can use whatever fruit you want to.

These are all the ingredients for this protein packed drink. I buy bananas every time I go to the store and when they get really ripe I peel them and break them in half and freeze them to use in my smoothies.

I just have a cheap blender for now, but would love to get a Nutribullet or the big boy Vitamix some day.

Add 1/2 cup almond milk.

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 cup frozen fruit and the frozen banana half.

Tbsp or so of almond butter

Honey to taste

I like to add flax meal, ground oatmeal or chia seeds. I use one of the three and change it up each day.

Throw it all in your blender and blend for a minute or more so it gets all thick and creamy.

To make it even better for you add a handful of spinach and blend well. You will not taste the spinach.

Pour and enjoy!


And now I'm getting all fancy on y'all and adding a recipe card. I had forgotten to add Greek yogurt on the card so that got added last after the fact.

Stay warm and have a super weekend!

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44 comments:

  1. Oh that's great news!! Congratulations on your weight loss!! I'm also taking charge of my weight and eating much healthier. Lost 5 lbs so far in 5 weeks. Coming off slow but that's ok. The older we get the harder it is.

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  2. Hmmm, I have the same kind of smoothie every morning but I must be doing something else wrong because no weight loss here. ): 28 pounds is such a short time is impressive.

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    1. Lulu, have you cut out all wheat flour products? Plus I juiced everyday at lunch. The weight literally fell off and I have not had any wheat flour since I started this. I thought it would be impossible for this bread lover to give it up, but I have never felt better.

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  3. That looks good and healthy! Now you'll have to change it up using cranberries for the holidays.

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  4. You look great Kim. What kind of light dinner do you usually have? Do you eat potatoes/rice?

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    1. Penny, I do eat organic brown rice and sweet potatoes. I will occasionally eat a white potato. I eat a lot of chicken and salads, lots of other vegetables especially spinach, zucchini, broccoli, etc. Nothing fried or breaded. I have cut out all wheat flour and that seemed to be the culprit to my weight. I love bread, but it never passes these lips anymore. If I was to eat a piece I'm afraid it would make me crave it so I just don't take a chance.

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  5. Your smoothie looks great and so do you Kim! I also lost 30+ lbs by cutting out wheat and really paying attention to carbs. I also love bread (french bread and cheese=love) but do not eat it at all any more. So far I have also kept it off. I also do Crossfit 4x/week so I think that helps.

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  6. I want to try your recipe. Also, what program did you use for the recipe card? I have been looking for one to use to share my Kentucky recipes.
    Thanks so much.
    Sheila@mykentuckyliving

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    1. I downloaded it from another blogger and cannot remember where I found it. I just stumble upon it.

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  7. That's great, Darrielle. I need to add a workout plan, too.

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  8. Kim, put a Vitamix on your Christmas list.. You will love it.

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  9. That is very similar to what I have in the morning. I like the frozen cherries, too, or frozen peaches. I use the baby kale instead of spinach leaves sometimes, too. I don't like the regular kale but the baby kale is good. My daughter has a vita-mixer and loves it. xo Diana

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  10. Dear Kim, That is terrific. The smoothie sounds healthy and tasty too. Have a wonderful weekend. xo Catherine

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  11. I love my smoothies that my hubby makes me in the morning with his "big boy Vitamix" :)...I need to have him add some spinach from time to time....love the recipe card...have had a recipe card plug in and will be using it soon....I can honestly say that I love your smoothies...they are yummy!...Have a great weekend...

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  12. Hi Kim,

    Your breakfast smoothie sounds very tasty and I love the colour! When you say juiced, did you just throw whatever veggies and fruit you had on hand, or would some combos not go well together, re: taste? I believe that wheat is also the culprit for me, as I have always had a lot of bloating and intestinal sensitivity, and it's gotten worse with age.

    Thanks so much for this recipe!

    Happy weekend!

    Poppy

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  13. Congratulations on maintaining the weight loss. That's a hard thing to do.

    I have a veggie/fruit shake several times a morning, for health reason mainly. I've started adding cooked beets and wrote a blog post on how Auburn University Football team is now using beet juice for high energy! It makes the shake bright pink and it's delicious! (okay, hubby doesn't agree).

    Love your recipe, and I'll try to remember to buy almond milk next time I'm at the Piggly Wiggly!

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  14. oh dear! no more bread?! What would I eat? I need to drop 15 pounds pronto. I just LOOOOOOOVE anything bread, or breaded, or toasted. Where did you get the will power? You look BEAUTIFUL and healthy!

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  15. If it's true that you will not taste the spinach - I am making this for my kids! For some reason they do not like spinach but I like them to eat a variety of vegetables. Thanks for the recipe.
    Shelley

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  16. Good for you and congratulations on your weight loss. I love to make smoothies and always keep frozen bananas in my freezer (for those that don't know, always peel and break apart into several pieces before freezing your bananas...the first time I ever froze a banana, I just threw the whole one in the freezer and it took me forever to peel it when I took it out!) :)...thanks for the recipe, I will make it soon!

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  17. Kim, You look fabulous! Congratulations! This smoothie sounds delicious.

    I have been a carb addict in the past and this year for the most part I too cut out bread, sugar and all of that stuff. I have never felt better. Now that does not mean that I do not eat it occasionally, I am not willing to live the rest of my life without the stuff I love.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Thanks for sharing, Kim. You look terrific! I've lost almost 20#, but need to keep at it. I've put a couple of pounds back on in recent weeks. It's sweet treats that I can't indulge in. '-(

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  19. Happily, I too lost almost 30 lbs in 3 months just eating veggies, chicken, and soups! If I do have one slice of bread, it's only whole wheat. Carbs are definitely the culprit! Hope I can make it through the holidays!

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    1. Congrats on the weight loss, Betty. I am not carb free, but wheat flour free. I still use sugar in my coffee and still eat many things with carbs. A low carb diet did not work for me, but cutting out all wheat flour did.

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  20. Kim I use the same ingredients, even the frozen fruit and make four at a time, enough for my husband and myself for two days. I also make my own nut butter with organic almonds using my food processor. I knew we had a lot in common. Thanks Kim,
    Marilyn

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  21. Wonderful post - thanks so much for sharing your recipe and congrats not only on the weight loss but more importantly for managing to keep it off. Maintaining weight loss is more difficult than losing the weight! Please share your juicing lunch recipes, as I have never tried juicing, but willing to do so if it will help me shed some extra pounds.

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  22. a timely post as this is DAY ONE of wheatless-ness for me. There is a multitude of info out there on why the modern wheat bloats us as well as causes many disease related problems. So I'm stopping wheat (flour) altogether starting today. Soda went bye bye, sugar is at a low roar and dairy us almost nil. Thanks for sharing. Hope the weight falls of this old(er) bod as well!

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    1. Kathryn, I think you will be surprised how quickly it falls off. Yes, wheat is the culprit. The only table sugar I use is in my coffee. I just can't give that up and I don't use artificial sweeteners. Those are bad for you, too. Be sure to drink lots of lemon water and watch yourself get slimmer.

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    2. Have you ever tried Stevia? It does not have aspartame in it and it's calorie free. It's still processed, but it's said to be much healthier than artificial sweeteners and it tastes great... :-)

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    3. No, I don't want to use any sweeteners but honey and real sugar. I have not cut that out. It was just the wheat flour products keeping me over weight. No matter how good I ate or how much I exercised nothing worked till I did this.

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  23. You definitely turned me onto smoothies, Kim! You may want to plant a few blueberry bushes early next spring. They are so easy to grow and you will have a harvest the first year. We planted 6 this year and will plant some more next year.

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  24. Way to go, Kim! I'm so happy for you! Thanks for posting this - you've motivated me to start eating better. I do great with low carbs but somehow got off path...and I've gained a bit of weight. You are right, I feel so much better when I stay away from flour and sugar. Thanks again for the post.
    Shelia
    House of Highlands

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  25. Were you not starving before dinner with only a smoothie and juice for the first two meals? I'm afraid that would sabotage me. You look amazing!

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    1. No, I wasn't. I drank lots of water with lemon in it all day long plus snacked on nuts, kale chips or other healthy things.

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  26. OK, since I have been walking my butt off for months and have onlyy lost 3 stinkin pounds, I guess I need to try to elimainate the wheat flour. I will try your smootie too, sounds GOOD!

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  27. Hi Kim, great that you're keeping the weight off. I've gone back on the no wheat and having smoothies/juices too, needing to drop 30lbs, and back trying to walk a bit - which being a bit disabled is difficult. I'm really finding that already in 3 days i've lost that bloated feeling. How do you think you'll cope with this way of eating during the winter months, when we want hot/comfort food.

    Jane

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    1. Jane, I don't think I'll be missing out on any comfort foods. I still eat chili, hot soups, pot roast, etc. Just no bread, cakes, cookies or pies made with wheat flour, but there are alternatives to those too. There is almond flour, rice flour and blends that I have not tried yet, but I have been finding plenty of gluten free recipes on pinterest and in my new Southern Living magazine this month.

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  28. Congratulations on your weight loss. I learned something new by reading your recipe for your smoothie. I have been married for 50 years and I never knew you could freeze bananas. As the younger people say DUH!!!

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  29. Kim, you have no idea how resonant this post it to me. First, I highly recommend the NutirBullit. It works really great and you can get it at Bed, Bath and Beyond with those 20% off coupons that are available everywhere. Second, you are motivating me to get back to it. My go to recipe was to fill hall the cup up with baby spinach, then a banana, frozen veg, chia seeds (or protein powder, flax seeds, etc) and water up to the line. I like some of your suggestions though - I might switch out half the banana and add in the yogurt. In any case, I NEED to get back to it because those pounds have crept back on. Thanks so much for the motivation!! Sometimes a post comes by your inbox just when you really need it... :-)

    Lory (Designthusiasm)

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  30. I too have tried to eliminate wheat but having a husband who is bread crazy does not help at all. I think I am going to do it by myself. Do you know of any bread to purchase that is not wheat or do you have to make your own out of almond, coconut, rice flour, etc.? I will not be doing that. Too much else to do! What about Ezekiel bread? I do love my sandwiches but will do without if I can lose that bloated feeling!!!

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    1. Pam, there are gluten free breads. I saw them at Sprouts Farmers Market today, but I have not tried them. They are refrigerated and very heavy. I guess the bread is quite dense. My husband is not on this either, but I don't serve him bread at home.

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  31. Oh Kim, that look soooo good! A group of ladies and I are doing the First Place 4 Health Bible study and I am going to share this recipe with them.

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  32. Hi Kim,
    I've never made smoothies before so I'm not sure about something. Do you know if I can make a large batch in advance & then just drink what I need every day? I start my day very early & don't want to wake the family by running the blender.

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  33. Hi, Kim, Congratulations on your weight loss! You look fantastic and are such an inspiration. I just wanted to mention that I make a week's worth of smoothies at a time. After I make my smoothie, I fill a pint Mason jar about 3/4 full, put the lid and ring on and then place in the freezer. Then every night before I go to bed I put a smoothie in the refrigerator and it's thawed by breakfast. I use a fat straw from my Tervis glass to drink the smoothie. It's fast and it's easy. And for those commute, you can have drink breakfast in the car.

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  34. Kim, this recipe looks really good, and I told my daughter (who is trying to lose weight sensibly) about your success and sent her the link to this post. I just bought the ingredients today, and if it tastes good to me, I'll have her stop by and make her one, and give her the ingredients. She's begun a great exercise regime, now into her 3rd (they say it takes 21 days to create a habit, good or bad), so I hope this'll help her. I know Super Bowl last night did not help her, lol. It was her cheat day. Thanks.

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