January is often about making amends for the weeks (months?) of dietary debauchery leading up to the close the year. It’s about getting back on track with healthy eating, which usually involves resolutions over what we’re going to knock out of our three square meals:

no dairy
no wheat
no sugar
no meat
no white food
no gluten
no processed food
no fat
no soda
no alcohol
no snacking

NO, NO NO.

I get it.  BUT all those “NO’s” feels like a downer start to a bright and fresh New Year.

SO, how about putting a positive spin on healthy eating by focusing on what our diets will be FULL of, not lacking. In the spirit of this upbeat outlook, here’s a breakfast (or anytime of day) smoothie chock full of superfood ingredients you can say YES to.

Blueberries

Full of fiber, antioxidants, and naturally sweet. I use frozen this time of year, which pack nearly as much nutrition as fresh-off-the-vine.

Avocados

Potassium- and fiber-rich with healthy fats, which help make this smoothie mega filling.

Coconut water

For hydration and potassium.

Kefir

A good source of protein and calcium, this probiotic-rich drink boosts “good” bacteria, which can play a role in a healthy immune system.

Banana

Frozen banana adds creaminess along with natural sweetness and potassium.

Seeds

Hemp and chia flax seeds add crunch along with good-for-you Omega-3 fats.

P.S. Try applying this “say yes” approach to other meals, honing in on the good stuff that is IN them instead of what’s not (goodbye beloved holiday Joe Joes) and see if it helps you shift from feeling deprived to feeling nourished and satisfied.

P.P.S. Check out my Peach Raspberry Spoon Smoothie, another kefir-based option that is a favorite around here.

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Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

This purple powerhouse is so lip-smackingly tasty, you’d never guess it’s packed with super foods. Blueberries deliver fiber and antioxidants, probiotic-rich kefir lends healthful bacteria, coconut water is the best natural sports drink I know, banana kicks up the potassium, chia seeds add Omega 3s, and the avocado? It’s full of fiber and good-for-you fats that give the smoothie creaminess your kids would never guess came from a green plant.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 275 kcal
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain kefir or plain yogurt
  • ¾ cup coconut water , plus more if needed
  • 1 frozen banana , cut into thick slices
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons hemp or chia seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients except the hemp seeds into a blender and run until creamy and smooth. Add a splash of coconut water to thin the smoothie, if desired. Top with hemp seeds, if desired.
  2. Pour into glasses. Serve immediately.