Sixty-Second Smoothie

(makes 16 ounces):

  • 3 - 4 bite-sized chunks of frozen banana

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (or other fruit of choice)

  • 1 teaspoon ground or whole* flaxseed

  • 1 packet (or equivalent) stevia** (may add more to taste)

  • Water


Add first four ingredients to blender, making sure fruit does not exceed 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the 16 ounce mark.  Fill with water to the 16 ounce line.  Blend on high until smooth.

If smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice; if it is too frozen to blend, add more water.

*    If using whole flaxseed, soak in water at least 2 hours or overnight.  Flaxseed is a great cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol fighter.  Remember to store seeds in the refrigerator or freezer, as they can become rancid quite quickly.

**    If not using stevia, try substituting raw agave syrup, raw maple syrup, or locally grown organic  honey to sweeten.  May also substitute half apple juice/half water.

Try these variations for more fun/taste/health:

Have Smoothie, Will Travel:  Make enough extra smoothie to freeze in an empty travel container.  Take from freezer a couple of hours before eating and spoon out like ice cream.

On a low carb or low sugar diet?  Add 10 - 20 almonds, spirulina or other green plant protein mixes in place of bananas, and add sweetener to taste.

Try a Pina Colada smoothie:  Replace strawberries with 1 cup of pineapple and add 1 - 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut. 

How about a Cherry Chiller?  Use 1 cup frozen grapes in place of strawberries and replace half the water with cherry juice.

Feeling adventuresome?  Use any combination of the above ingredients, plus 2 tablespoons of dates and 2 tablespoons dried papayas (both pre-soaked in water for 8 hours), and 1/2 teaspoon flaxseed oil.

Choose blessings, not curses, in your source of spritual and natural food, because if God’s not in it, He won’t Bless it!

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