My family enjoys a healthy smoothie atleast 3-4 times a week. I usually prepare some type of smoothie as an after-school snack for my kids. It’s a great way to “sneak” in some vegetables should you need too. I often add fresh spinach or kale to ours . This particular recipe is my oldest sons favorite and he is very particular about his smoothies. Because I make them so often, I am going to have a category dedicated to smoothies on this blog, that way you can start collecting healthy nutritious recipes to use on a weekly basis.
I use flaxseed oil regularly in our smoothies as it is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It is not cooking oil, but can certainly be tossed with foods after cooking. I recommend cold-pressed, unrefined and unfiltered flaxseed oil as I prefer products in their most natural state, with as little processing as possible. Another addition to many of our smoothies is plain whole milk kefir. For those of you who are not familiar with kefir, it is fermented milk in which a mixture of healthy bacteria and yeast are added to begin the fermentation process. Because of this fermentation process, kefir is 99% lactose free and can usually be enjoyed by those with lactose intolerance. It is loaded with probiotics and is a beneficial aid to digestion. If you have a favorite smoothie recipe, please let me know.
Healthy Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
1/2 cup plain whole milk kefir
1/2 cup pure unsweetened pomegranate juice-I use POM
1 TBSP flaxseed oil
2 TBSP raw local honey
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.