Yogi Sara Strother’s Morning Superfood Smoothie: Dessert for Breakfast

I met the lovely Anusara instructor, Sara Strother, thanks to my good friend, and YU contributor, Maya Henderson. She wanted to share one of her breakfast secrets with YU and I thought that was a super idea, so take it away Sara!

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Hello YumUniverse!
As you may know, the life of a yogi is a pretty active one. When it comes to breakfast we yogis need something that is really gonna rev engines and jet set our day. Personally, breakfast has always been the most challenging meal of the day for me—I’m either left feeling heavy, or teased and wanting more.

To be honest, I am also a picky eater. There isn’t some neat category you can shove me into. Vegetarian doesn’t work because I don’t eat dairy. Vegan doesn’t work because I love raw fish. Then with allergies to soy, cane and beet sugar…you can see that the first meal of the day for me could be a nightmare. Luckily, a fellow yogi from Boulder came and stayed with me for a few days and wanted to use my blender—a cheap purchase from Target, and at this point it was quite dusty. But after busting it out and going along with the smoothie routine with my friend during her stay I have not been the same since.

That was last May. Every day since then, I have made a smoothie for breakfast using high quality ingredients and have never felt better in the morning. What’s great about it is that I feel satiated, yet light, so I can go on to my yoga practice or a long walk with my dog Beans. Plus, it tastes like dessert. Dessert for breakfast! Woot! Woot!

The maca and almond butter took things up a notch when I had to change my regular smoothie to a more winterized one. During the summer when fresh berries were abundant I stocked up my freezer from the farmer’s markets. Then, by late September my supply ran out so I thought I would maybe need more grounding energy from almond butter to replace the ultra lightness from the berries. By October, I was putting cinnamon in everything and pinched some into my blender one morning and that was the final touch.

Embrace the decadence of having dessert for breakfast. Embrace the concept of drinking something as green and life affirming as this “dessert for breakfast.” It just may turn into your favorite meal of the day!

Makes: enough for 2 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes

2 slightly yellow (a hint of green is optimal) organic bananas fresh or frozen
1 tbsp Maca Powder
2 tsp of Sun Is Shining SuperFood (or any green superfood)
18 oz. coconut juice (or coconut water)
2 tbsp unsweetened, unsalted raw almond butter
Hearty pinch of cinnamon

Let’s get started:
Place all ingredients in your blender and Zip-o!

Look at how quick and easy that was. Enjoy and tell me what you think.

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Psst: put this smoothie to the test. Try one for breakfast and then check out Sara’s online classes.


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  1. Meg T

    My smoothie is pretty similar to this, but I also add in 1/4 tsp vanilla. Now that makes it taste like dessert!

  2. Tiana

    yum!! just made this, and it was sooo good. i used a couple handfuls of spinach. (didn’t have “sun is shining”) it really is like dessert. i’m going to have to remember this one when i’m craving something sweet 🙂

  3. I am drinking it right now. I love trying new healthy smoothies.

    Its ok as a base but I cant help feeling it needs a bit more zip..maybe I should have added more cinnamon or maybe some juiced lemon in there would be good…

    Nice recipe though.

  4. Oh! It makes me so happy to see Sara contributing to the site! I am definitely making this for breakfast tomorrow! Although, I’ll be using Vitamineral Green in place of Sun is Shining.

  5. Lizette Reyes

    Thank you for sharing as a fitness professional I am always looking for better ways to eat and share with my friends and I also tried to do Vegan for a week. I didn’t miss many things after all 🙂

  6. Chuck

    Can’t wait to try it!

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