Quinoa Berry Smoothie

February 15, 2015

Quinoa Berry Smoothie

I’ve added a new smoothie to my morning routine lately and here it is – my Quinoa Berry Smoothie. This smoothie is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, low fat and made from all organic ingredients. I just love the colour of this smoothie. It’s so pretty!

I saw my Naturopath, the lovely Holly, earlier in the week and we spoke about how I am probably eating too much fat at the moment, leading to an unbalanced ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids in my diet. After doing a quick meal plan of what I’ve been eating, we realised that I have been eating lots of healthy, plant-based fats in my meals and snacks. My skin has been inflamed lately (which is not making me happy) and we are experimenting to see if the amount of fat in my diet is the cause of the inflammation. So, I’m doing a two week fat elimination cleanse, after which time we will slowly reintroduce fats back into my eating regime to see how much fat is healthy for me.

What does all of this mean? It means that I’ve had to change the way I prepare most of my food at the moment and this includes my favourite meal of the day – my morning smoothie. Instead of adding avocado, coconut oil, chia seeds or peanut butter, I’m now adding quinoa flakes. The quinoa flakes thicken my Quinoa Berry Smoothie nicely and provide extra fuel to keep me going until late morning, so it’s perfect for the days when I’m running about with the kids or busy with my morning work routine. It’s very simple to make and tastes great too.

I have used lots of fruit in this recipe and the frozen organic mixed berries give the smoothie a wonderful deep pink colour that I love. It just screams ‘Drink me!’ I also add Amazonia Raw Protein vanilla flavour for extra plant-based protein. This protein powder is made from bio-fermented pea and brown rice powder, so I find it’s a really nice alternative to whey protein powders that seem to dominate the protein powder space, which are not suitable for anyone following a non-dairy or vegan lifestyle. I also really like this protein powder because it is sweetened with stevia, so it adds extra sweetness to my smoothie.

So, here it is…my Quinoa Berry Smoothie. Ready in minutes. Full of flavour and goodness. One of my new breakfast smoothies for the next two weeks and beyond.

Quinoa Berry Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup organic quinoa flakes
  • 3 tablespoons of Amazonia Raw Protein Vanilla powder
  • 1 cup of chilled organic 100% coconut water
  • 1 cup of organic frozen mixed berries
  • 1 ripe organic banana
  • 1 tablespoon of organic mesquite powder
  • 1 tablespoon of organic maca powder

Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If using a Thermomix, blend on speed 8 for 1 to 1.5 minutes.
  2. Pour into your favourite large glass or jar and serve immediately. Top with frozen berries if desired.



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