Sunflower Seed Butter & Banana Smoothie

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My toddler doesn’t want solid food for breakfast very often, so we’ve been big on smoothies in the morning lately! This one packs in protein and potassium.


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower butter
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 cups plain almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

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Energy-Boosting Smoothies

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This past week, I noticed my energy levels flagging a little; it’s right around this point that breastfeeding takes a lot out of you! Baby isn’t quite ready for solids yet at three months old, but needs upwards of 600 calories a day of milk alone. With my son, I hadn’t realized how many calories go into producing milk each day, and soon found myself underweight. Smoothies were my life saver.

So feeling like my supply has been a little low for Veronika, today’s activity was to make some energy-boosting smoothies to keep us both healthy and strong!

Energy Smoothie (1)

I played around with a few variations, and here are three that I loved. For all of the following recipes, simply combine the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. You can add ice if you like, but I prefer my smoothies without it.

Smoothie 1:

  • 5 ounces vanilla non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

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Smoothie 2:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

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Smoothie 3:

  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 6 ounces apple juice
  • 1/2 cup avocado
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach or watercress
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

Energy Smoothie

This last was my favorite, rich and creamy from the avocado, and an instant energy boost. Feel free to play around with the above suggestions. Use oat milk if you like it better, or pumpkin seeds in place of the sunflower etc. If you have a recipe you like best, please share in the comments!


Summer Smoothie Bonanza

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We’ve been having fun this summer testing lots of fruit-and-veggie combo smoothies. Some have been bigger hits than others, but the following all got the seal of approval from my preschooler.

Banana-Pea Smoothie

  • 2 cups sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups coconut milk

Strawberry-Spinach Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 and 1/4 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Blueberry-Broccoli Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 to 3 chopped, pitted dates
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

(This was the best one yet, earning a “delicious!”)

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Peach-Carrot Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup cooked carrots
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

The grown-ups liked this one best!

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Cantaloupe-Cauliflower Smoothie

  • 2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk

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