Green Berry Nut Smoothie

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2-4 servings. Frozen fruits and greens are affordable and convenient. Try to purchase organic if using berries. If not eating the skin such as mango and pineapple organic is not necessary as most of the pesticide is found in the skin. For any thyroid dysfunction do not increase quantity of greens and consume smoothie maximum twice a week. If using frozen fruit and greens thaw for about 30-60 min on the countertop before blending.

Ingredients:

6-8 oz  berries or 1-1.5 cups(blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries – blueberries and strawberries will be sweeter)

2-4 oz or 1/4-1/2 cup cherries
2-3 oz or 1/3-1/2 cup greens (kale, spinach, chard or mixture) thawed – steam fresh greens for a few minutes ideally before using if using fresh
2 small to medium bananas (optional)

1-2 cups raw milk, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, or water (water for autoimmune Paleo)

1/4 cup heavy or coconut cream (don’t use if using milk)

1/2 cup mango or pineapple (optional)

1 Tablespoon Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
½ cup total chosen from mango and/or pineapple (optional)
1/2 cup raw tree nuts (ideally sprouted/soaked and organic) – chosen from almonds, cashews, macadamias, pecans, pistachios, walnuts  (omit for AIP)

1 tsp coconut oil or MCT oil if not using milk or cream for autoimmune Paleo (fat to absorb nutrition -if nut-free)
1 Tablespoon sprouted raw pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds (omit for Autoimmune Paleo)
1/2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp almond or vanilla extract
1 tsp orange blossom or rose water
few mint leaves

Put all ingredients in blender with nuts and harder fruits on the bottom and blend to desired texture -can be chunky or closer to a juice.

Cherry Jubilee version: almond extract and orange blossom water
Fahluda: vanilla extract and rose water, pistachios

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