“All three of them stared into the cauldron. Close up, the potion looked like thick, dark mud, bubbling sluggishly. “I’m sure I’ve done everything right,” said Hermione, nervously rereading the splotched page of Moste Potente Potions. “It looks like the book says it should… once we’ve drunk it, we’ll have exactly an hour before we change back into ourselves.” – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
According to J.K. Rowling, “The Polyjuice Potion, which is a complex and time-consuming concoction, is best left to highly skilled witches and wizards. It enables the consumer to assume the physical appearance of another person, as long as they have first procured part of that individual’s body to add to the brew (this may be anything — toenail clippings, dandruff or worse — but it is most usual to use hair).”
In the books, Polyjuice Potion is used many times. First by Harry, Ron, and Hermione to gain information about the Chamber of Secrets, then by Barty Crouch Jr. to pose as Mad-Eye Moody in The Goblet of Fire, and finally by several of Harry’s close friends in order to transport him from Privet Drive safely in the Deathly Hallows.
While this Polyjuice Potion Smoothie may not turn you into a totally different person, it’s likely to set you out on the right foot for the day, i.e. with a full belly and a bit of healthy energy to keep you fueled through your morning. Unlike the Polyjuice Potion in the books, which takes roughly a month to make, my version takes 5 minutes or less to create an requires no hair or toenail clippings. In fact, I strongly discourage adding those things.
I always add collagen peptides to my smoothies for added protein, my favorite being Vital Proteins (in the blue bottle) because it’s virtually tasteless and dissolves easily into liquid. If you’re not interested in adding collagen, this Polyjuice Potion Smoothie is perfectly great without it, but it’s one of my favorite easy supplements because it supports hair, skin, and joint elasticity and is super beneficial for a healthy gut.
You’ll also notice that there is no ice in this recipe. I want my smoothie to stay cold for as long as possible, so I freeze my fruit instead. I find that frozen fruit makes for a much colder smoothie than using raw fruit with ice and I’d much rather find a straw chunk of frozen banana in my drink than a chunk of ice. The added benefit of using frozen bananas as a base is that they take on the texture of ice cream when blended, making this smoothie extra creamy and cutting down on any bitterness from the kale.
A note for special diets
This Polyjuice Potion Smoothie is refined sugar-free and friendly for SIBO diets. I usually use either homemade 24 yogurt or Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free yogurt in my smoothies. If you’re looking to make it Whole30, Paleo, or dairy-free, feel free to swap out the dairy yogurt for coconut yogurt. For those following a Low-FODMAP diet, it’s important that the banana you use is unripe to keep the oligo-fructans low.
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Polyjuice Potion Smoothie
Yield 1 smoothie
- 1 1/4 cup kale, stemmed and packed tight
- 1 cup frozen banana (if you are Low-Fodmap, stick with an unripened banana)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup yogurt (I prefer 24hr or lactose-free, but you may sub coconut yogurt if you are Paleo or Whole30)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)
- 1/2 cup water
- Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth, adjusting water for preference.
Courses Breakfast & Brunch
Serving Size 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 108 mg
Total Carbohydrates 56 g
Dietary Fiber 11 g
Sugars 30 g
Protein 21 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.