This smoothie was created and perfected I dare say…gradually and out of a need to pack a nutritional punch for my children when they go on healthy eating strike. It works like a charm. They can never resist it. Why? Because it tastes like a strawberry creamsicle. A superfood, homemade, smoothie, multivitamin creamsicle.
As I learned about traditional cultures and how they always consumed a small amount of protein raw, and especially the benefits of eating egg yolks raw, naturally I thought of the tastiest way to get raw egg yolks in our diet on a regular basis, short of swallowing them down like Gaston.
“Without a doubt, fresh, pastured eggs are superior in taste and nutrition to conventionally raised commercially available varieties. Eggs have been a highly valued foods since the beginning of time–eggs from chickens, ducks, geese, turtles and fish. Egg yolks are the richest source of two superstar carotenoids–lutein and zeaxanthin. 1. Not only are bright yellow yolks loaded with these fat-soluble antioxidant nutrients, they are more bioavailable than those found in vegetables, corn and most supplements.2,3 While these nutrients have a reputation of combating macular degeneration4,5 and cataracts6 and supporting overall healthy vision, they have a long list of other benefits, including protecting the skin from sun damage7 and even reducing one’s risk of colon8 and breast cancer.9
Besides providing all eight essential proteinbuilding amino acids, a large whole, fresh egg offers about six to seven grams of protein and five grams of fat (with about 1.5 grams of it saturated), which comes in handy to help in the absorption of all the egg’s fat-soluble vitamins. One egg also serves up around 200 milligrams of brain-loving cholesterol and contains the valuable vitamins A, K, E, D, B-complex and minerals iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium.10 Choline, another egg-nutrient, is a fatty substance found in every living cell and is a major component of our brain. Additionally, choline helps break up cholesterol deposits by preventing fat and cholesterol from sticking to the arteries.10,14 So the bottom line is, don’t be chicken about eating eggs, especially the cholesterol-rich yolks!”(1)
So naturally, you may expect to find egg yolks in here.
I also have learned a lot about bone broth and all the benefits from making that a regular part of our diet. Sometimes drinking bone broth doesn’t happen every day like I would like. Especially in the summer months. So I was pretty excited to hear of a company that made grass-fed gelatin in a convenient powder. I make my own gelatin, molds, and fruit snacks for the kids with this kind, and mix this cold-soluble kind in my coffee, smoothies, chocolate milk, egg nog,etc. you name it. The easily assimilated 11 grams of protein/2 tablespoons is reason enough to love this stuff. In addition it contains amino acids glycine, lysine and proline that are used by the body to help repair and build connective tissue, bones, cartilage, skin, hair, nails and helps natural healing.
I’ve also recently started adding chia seeds for the extra fiber, energy and omega-3s they provide. However for maximum nutritional benefit, since chias are a seed, it is best to let them soak to reduce phytic acid content which acts as an enzyme inhibitor/nutritional block.
Yogurt is packed full of probiotics, healthy carbs and proteins. For a dairy free option, coconut milk works wonderfully as well!
The fruit we add is usually in the form of bananas, frozen strawberries, and frozen blueberries. My kids are blueberry fanatics. So right there we have potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. As berries are one of the most heavily sprayed and most absorbent fruits, though, be sure to get organic to avoid the high levels of glyphosate.
I finish it off with a few tablespoons of coconut oil which is a rich source of healthy saturated fat and has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Fat, especially saturated fat, has a bad and untruthful reputation in our society. For some great information on why you should be eating more healthy fat, and especially why expecting/nursing mothers and babies/children need lots of good fat for optimal brain development, you can read about it here.
That’s the break down of my ingredients. Enjoy the recipe and let me know if you feel incredible! 🙂
A creamy, delicious nutritional powerhouse! Filling and quick, great for breakfast, lunch, supper or post workout!
- 1 cup frozen strawberries organic
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries organic
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/2-1 cup milk to create desired consistency
- 2 tbs chia seeds
- 2 tbs collagen protein Great Lakes
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbs organic unrefined coconut oil
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend into a dreamy, fruity, whipped goodness. Enjoy to good health!
For a thicker smoothie, add less or no milk. For a thinner consistency, add more milk.
For different variations, add in different fruits. Our regular rotation includes, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, mangoes and bananas!