Jamesie is obsessed with the blender. I make myself a shake for breakfast every morning, and often I do so one-handed because Jamesie simply insists on being part of the action. He especially likes to put the ingredients in the blender for me, and when it is time to mix everything together he knows the right button to push. He dances to the sound of it chopping and blending together into one delicious meal.
I recently made the "Whole Food Protein Shake" from Dr. Mark Hyman's Blood Sugar Solution cookbook, and it is my new favorite smoothie combination. I added a some coconut flakes, cinnamon, and (of course) flax seeds to the ingredients, but otherwise this recipe remains the same. I use blueberries as a fruit as much as I can because they are full of antioxidants, but you can really use any type of frozen fruit.
Mainly I wanted to share this recipe because I discovered that Jamesie is obsessed with this shake. He literally can't get enough of it. The first time that he tried it, he had already eaten an entire breakfast, but handily put back an entire glassful. He loves the taste of the banana and blueberries, and I love that he is getting a nutritious breakfast. If you have a kiddo who won't eat protein, try this shake out - it's my new go to breakfast or afternoon snack for a toddler needing a boost.
Whole Food Protein Shake
This recipe makes enough shake for two people (two adults), so if you are making this for only your child to enjoy, I suggest halving the amounts (at least). The consistency is smooth, but the shake does contain nuts. For this reason I would recommend this breakfast for children 9+ months (or whenever you decided to introduce nuts into their diet).
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons almond butter*
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds**
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds**
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds**
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds**
- 4 walnuts**
- 3 Brazil nuts**
- 1/4 cup flaked coconut
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 large banana (I use a frozen banana)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup water
* Make sure you use 100% raw almond butter without any sugar or other additives
** I normally soak the seeds and nuts in water for at least 30 minutes (or overnight), because it makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients and it blends better
Combine all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high speed until smooth, approximately 2 minutes. If the shake it too thick, add water and blend again. I like to use a frozen banana because I prefer my shakes chilled, but you can also add ice cubes if you do not regularly keep frozen bananas.
I could go through a describe the benefits of every ingredient in this shake, because they are all tremendously beneficial to human health, but it will also be a little repetitive. All you need to know is that this shake has the protein to keep you little one strong and healthy. It is made from only whole, fresh, and real food. The nuts and coconut offer a source of healthy fat, which is crucial for brain development. The flax seeds provide fiber, which helps with digestion. The blueberries are full of antioxidants to protect you little from getting sick. This shake is truly a super breakfast that is both delicious and insanely healthy.
Let me know what you think if you try this recipe out for yourself or for your little!