Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe with Wheat Germ | Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Few years ago during a wellness visit, the doctor and I got into a discussion. She insisted that I supplement my junior's diet with a multivitamin. I wondered why, especially when she said everything was normal. She asserted that it was impossible to provide all the nutrition needed on a day to day basis. So, taking a multivitamin would be prudent. I believe in getting nutrition from food, hence I disagreed and told her likewise. She gave me a skeptical smile and left it at that. That started my serious journey into holistic approach to food. But, have you ever tried to cook balanced meals for each day of the week? If you have, you would have noticed that it is an extremely hard thing to do. It takes meticulous planning and fervent energy to keep doing this incessantly. To top it, life has this astute way of throwing roadblocks in one's journey! Months down the road, I could finally appreciate the doctor's insistence for a multivitamin.
Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe with Wheat Germ | Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Inspite of being a full time (self proclaimed) nutritionist and chef for my family, I still had a tough time putting together balanced meals on a daily basis.  Given the scenario, I started devising simple "put togethers" that would help to amp up the daily requirements in an easy manner. I find smoothies to be a beautiful medium to do this. You can throw in a bunch of superior ingredients, blend together and gulp it down as a massive filler towards your daily (optimal) nourishment requirement. While its thrifty and sensible to make use of seasonal produce, I find that frozen comes in extremely handy as well.  For days, when my meal planning goes haywire (or err...when I am lazy!), I find it so much easier to take the smoothie route.
Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe with Wheat Germ | Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Today's post is a simple example of this theory. A creamy mix of probiotics, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other minerals or to put it in kid friendly terms - this creamy pineapple and berry smoothie, is not only delicious and filling but also nutritious. When you are looking to include 5-13 servings of fruit daily, this way of consuming them gives you quick numbers.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Yields: Makes 2 - 2.5 cups
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • 1 cup Strawberry
  • 1 cup Whole Milk Greek Yogurt, see Tips
  • 1/2-3/4 cups Whole (Raw) Milk, see Tips
  • 1.5 tsp Wheat Germ, see Tips
  • 1-2 tsp of sweeter of your choice, or as per taste (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp of Chia seeds for topping (optional)
1. Greek Yogurt : I do not believe in using fat free/low-fat ingredients. But depending on your diet, you can use them if needed. Regular homemade yogurt can be used but it doesnt provide as much creaminess as greek yogurt.

2. Raw Milk: We consume raw milk, hence I tend to use it in my smoothies. But if going raw is not your thing, you can pasteurize it yourself - simply bring it to a boil or heat it until you see bubbles along the sides of your pan. Or you can use whatever milk you have on hand. If Vegan, replace it with Soy milk, almond milk etc. Or think water or fruit juices like apple, orange etc

3. Wheat Germ: It has a chockfull of nutrients and hence finds its way into my cooking in some form or the other. If you are not comfortable with Gluten/ are Gluten Free skip it.

1. Vegan Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie without Yogurt: Use a mix of frozen and fresh fruit along with yogurt subs like almond milk, coconut milk etc for a creamy flavor. You can use just water, coconut water or orange juice as well.

2. Strawberry Pineapple Banana Smoothie Bowl: Throw in an additional banana for a more creamier smoothie. Or else you can add a sliced banana as topping along with other options like - chia seeds, toasted coconut, granola, dried fruits and/or nuts.
1. Add all the ingredients together to a blender.
2. Blend until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk or water. The amount of sweetener will depend on your tolerance level and the natural sweetness of the fruits. I mostly skip adding them for myself. For this post added some rapadura since it was not sweet enough for my little guy.
Serve immediately.
Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe with Wheat Germ | Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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By Jayanthi on Jul 24, 2020

By raw milk, do you mean the one from farm directly without pasteurization? I had been making smoothies with regular milk earlier but off late changed to almond/oat milk because I read that as per ayurveda, most fruits and milk/yogurt cannot be combined. On the other hand, being a working mom, I can't agree more on how our struggle is to fit in easy, quick and most importantly healthy meals

Yes, I meant the unpasteurized milk Jayanthi. Yes, I read that too but after keeping track of many such things, it does get overwhelming. So, I am just keeping life to basics and make sure to see how we feel after a particular food. If it causes issues, then I tend to reduce/eliminate, otherwise just not overdo anything.:) --DK