Breakfast with Brad: SuperFood Smoothies

In my house the food and kitchen detail breaks down to something like this: I do the bulk of the shopping, prepare lunch and cook dinner. Brad makes breakfast and does the dishes. I’m not sure when or how we arrived at this arrangement, but I’m certain it has a lot to do with the fact that I am one hell of a sleeper and the first few hours of the day are, well, “difficult” for me. And so Brad wakes up first, feeds the pets, starts some coffee and sets to feeding us – turns out the one sure way to get me out of bed is to tell me there is good food waiting. As for the whole dishwashing thing? Let’s not question that, but be sure to tell Brad when you see him that he’s doing a really great job at keeping out kitchen clean.

So Brad has a breakfast repertoire. It varies a bit by our seasonal cravings, but involves such things as scrambled or perfect fried eggs (he says this isn’t something to brag about, I can’t fry perfect eggs to order so I say it is), peanut butter oatmeal, french toast, yogurt and granola, or smoothies. The other day I asked Brad if we could have smoothies for lunch so I could document his process that usually takes place while I’m still under the covers.

The Process:

Start with the fruit. The mixed berries are my favorite, not to mention loaded with antioxidants, but Brad says you can use any fruit you want, such as mangoes, strawberries, or peaches.

Add the 3 secret ingredients:

  • Flaxseed oil – which is not a SuperFood itself, but according to a book I checked, flaxseeds are a “Super Sidekick” to oats and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Acaì – Brad says this is also a powerful antioxidant and blah, blah, blah (we get these “smoothie packs” at our Food Coop)
  • Agave nectar – a most awesome natural sweetener

Next add some almond milk, a heaping spoonful of peanut butter (we like the hippy stuff) and some plain yogurt. Brad used to use soy milk and add whey protein powder, but switched to almond milk and peanut butter for protein, which also adds lots of vitamins and fiber to the mix. This smoothie is the true breakfast of champions.

Blend and pour.

The Recipe:

Makes 2 smoothies.

  • 8-10oz. frozen fruit
  • 4 ounces acaì (Brad says this is optional, but awesome)
  • You could also add a banana
  • 1 cup almond milk, soy milk, or other type of milk (Brad prefers unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (honey is a good substitute)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

Francine likes to get her SuperFood on too.

2 Responses to “Breakfast with Brad: SuperFood Smoothies”

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    Daughter Fish says:

    This looks delicious and I like that it has so much protein. I’m usually hungry a few hours after drinking a smoothie. I’ll have to try it (but I will need France to come clean the dishes).

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      Heather says:

      Totally, protein is key to these being real fuel for your day!

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