About Kirby's Healthy Cooking

Welcome! My name is Kirby Miller and I am a home chef, self taught cook, lover of reading food blogs and cookbooks, teacher of in home healthy cooking classes, and a writer of my own healthy recipes. Along with this I am also a wife to a wonderful husband, a mom of two dogs, and a Kindergarten teacher!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Best Smoothie Ever!

I am on spring break this weak so I had extra time this morning to play around with smoothie ingredients. I usually make a smoothie every morning using Carnation Instant Breakfast because it has a great source of protein and vitamins and the flavors are tasty! I bought a lot of smoothie ingredients at the grocery store yesterday - bananas, frozen blueberries, ground flax seed, almond butter, almond milk, and a box of variety flavors Instant Breakfast. I was in the mood for chocolate this morning but, also in the mood for blueberries. I decided to just throw it all together, hoping for the taste of chocolate covered blueberry. It came out tasting like a chocolate blueberry pie milkshake. SOOO GOOD! And....don't forget the sprinkles. I didn't get a pic this morning because I drank it too fast. I will add the picture soon.

Health Benefits:

*Flax Seeds- If you buy whole flax seeds, make sure you ground them first to get the health benefits. If you don't grind, the seeds just pass through your body without your body being able to absorb all their nutrients. Also, make sure you store flax seeds in the refrigerator.
- Fiber - which helps your body with digestion
- Omega - 3's- These are healthy fats that are great for your heart!
- Protein- helps build muscles, builds and  repairs tissues, makes your hair and nails prettier, fights off yucky diseases, and gives you energy
- Flax seeds have also been found to help clear breakouts

*Blueberries -Blueberries are packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants, and Fiber. They also help with brain health and can improve your memory. Studies have also found that blueberries help fight high blood pressure.

*Almond Butter - Almond butter is heart healthy, lowers blood sugar, and has 7 grams of protein per 2 tbsp serving.

*Almond Milk - One cup of almond milk offers 50% daily value of the antioxidant Vitamin E - which helps your heart, 50% daily value of Vitamin B12, protein & calcium, and no cholesterol or saturated fat.

Dark ChocolateBlueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie


Dark Chocolate Protein Powder – I use the prepackaged InstantBreakfast
½ frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 cup almond milk
1 ice cube
sprinkles to top - optional but makes your morning a littlehappier : )


Using a blender or magicbullet, ground your flax seed if it is not already pre-ground. Add theremaining ingredients and blend until smooth. 
Top with sprinkles : )

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