Smoothies have earned a reputation as a “healthy” breakfast or mini-meal, but they are typically high in sugar and low in protein, fiber, and fat. I never buy smoothies, but I make my own for breakfast every morning. When you control what goes into your smoothie, you can make it a delicious, healthy, and filling breakfast.
Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie
– 1/3 to 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
– 2 large frozen strawberries
– 1 to 1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla soy or almond milk
– 1 scoop unsweetened vanilla rice protein powder
– 1/4 cup cashews, almonds, or pecans (or a combination)
– a few drops liquid stevia (or other natural sweetener; try agave nectar or yacon syrup)
Simply blend in a blender.
A few notes:
1. I use frozen berries and I highly recommend them. They’re cheaper than fresh, which makes it more affordable to buy organic. Plus, they last longer and make your smoothie cold without adding any ice.
2. Any protein powder will do, but I avoid processed soy protein powders.
3. I use my incredible Vita-Mix blender. It has no trouble completely liquefying the nuts, which add a delicious creaminess and thickness to the smoothie. If your blender is not powerful enough, substitute two tablespoons of a nut butter such as almond or cashew.
4. I strongly recommend liquid stevia. It’s easy to find at any health food store and a few drops does wonders in hot or cold beverages. It has no effect on blood sugar, no calories, and is completely natural. Agave and yacon are good substitutes, but bear in mind that they will be adding natural sugar content to your smoothie as they are more like natural syrups.
This smoothie keeps me full for hours and is a great way to start my morning. It has protein, fiber, healthy fat, little sugar, and still tastes wonderful. It’s truly a full meal replacement, not just a sugary drink that will make you crash later.
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