When it comes to making breakfast for the family, I really try and ensure it is balanced. I know there are a lot of smoothie recipes and people who use their vitamix and juicers to make a nice beverage, but when I make a smoothie I want it to be of high nutritional content. This is one reason you will never find a smoothie recipe I create that uses water. As a dietitian in a nursing home you start to learn a lot about puree food. One of the most important factors in serving puree is to ensure you give your customers the most bang for their buck. Appetites vary so you want to make sure even the smallest appetite is getting an adequate amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Water is great at thinning food when you need to change the consistency but it also lessens the nutritional content. I prefer to use juice, dairy, or dairy alternative beverage. This was how I taught cooks and dietary aides to make puree, and I use the same concept when I feed my family a liquid meal.
In addition to a nutritional beverage I sometimes add some yogurt as well. I love greek yogurt but I know it has a tanginess that is not always ideal in all smoothies. The other day I found some of the peaches we picked this summer in the freezer and decided it had been a few weeks since we had that summer flavor. When I think of peach smoothies, I tend to think sweet as they are a sweet fruit especially when perfectly ripe. As I began to add ingredients to the Vitamix, I was torn between greek yogurt or just using fruit in addition to the almond milk. Then it caught my eye – cottage cheese. Recently we discussed that I have a new found love for ricotta cheese and you find it in a lot of recipes where it is made to be sweet, but cottage cheese, I was not sure. Of course then I realized I have a great kugel recipe that calls for cottage cheese and one of Little Miss Mixtures favorite things is cottage cheese with applesauce and cinnamon, so I figured it could not be too bad. It definitely was not bad in fact it was really good. The cottage cheese helped to thicken the smoothie slightly while of course increasing the protein and calcium content as well.
As I sit here writing about this I realize how nice these same flavors would be using apple or pumpkin instead of peaches. A perfect Fall flavored smoothie.
Cottage Peach Smoothie
1/4 cup Almond Milk, Vanilla
1/3 cup Cottage Cheese
1 fresh banana
1 cup Frozen Peach Slices
1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix. Remember liquid on the bottom and frozen on top when using a Vitamix. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
What we are eating (September 14 – September 20)
Sunday – Leftovers
Monday – Roasted Mushroom & White Bean Puree (Cooking Light)
Tuesday – Ground Chicken Tacos with homemade Taco Seasoning
Wednesday – A version of this Chopped Salad
Thursday – Patty Melt with Waldorf Salad
Friday – Ham & Swiss Sandwiches, Organic Trader Joe Corn Chips, Fruit
Saturday – Night Out
Thanks for reading and have a great week. Looking for some more Smoothies that are packed with protein. Check these out.