Morning Berry Green Smoothie
You’ve never seen a post from me about breakfast smoothies before, have you? For my whole life, I’ve avoided breakfast because I only eat when I’m hungry and I don’t get hungry until lunch time. Well, I’m trying to change my behavior by firing up my metabolism first thing in the morning.
Here’s how I’ve been starting my day lately, and it’s remarkable how full and satisfied I feel for hours after enjoying this tasty treat! Often, I don’t get a chance to eat lunch until the early afternoon, so adopting a morning smoothie habit has been so beneficial.
I’ve never been a “Jamba girl” – I could take or leave (usually leave) the thousand calorie smoothies my husband enjoys. I don’t care about milkshakes and protein smoothies always left me with a terrible stomach ache. I learned later it was the whey, so it’s AWESOME to drink a whole, delicious smoothie that doesn’t make me feel awful!
This is a smoothie based on nutritionist JJ Virgin‘s Basic Virgin Diet Shake, but it’s altered to show exactly what I use. This is approximately 333 calories.
Morning Berry Green Smoothie
Serves one (approx 24 ounces)
1 scoop of vanilla, vegan protein powder (rice, pea, chlorella, hemp or chia-based)*
1 T. almond butter
1 T. flax meal (ground flax seeds)
1/2 c. mixed frozen berry blend, thawed for 10 minutes (dark red and blue berries)
1/2 c. raw, baby spinach
8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk (I use the So Delicious brand)
2 oz. cold water
6 ice cubes (mine are large half-moon shaped)
* Look for a protein powder that’s gluten and dairy free; has no soy and no whey. Ideally, it will have 20-25 g protein per scoop and under 5 g sugar.
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered smoothie blender and mix on high speed until the smoothie is the right texture. For me, it was too thick without the 2 ounces of water, but you may want to adjust this.
Pour into a travel cup and drink immediately! It takes me 20-30 minutes to sip mine. If you’re new to adding greens to your smoothie and you’re scared, I GET IT. That was me! However, I tried it and was relieved I couldn’t taste the spinach at all. So get over your fear and try some greens in your smoothie!
I don’t like waking up any earlier than necessary, so I help myself out the night before. I pour my coconut milk and water (water, not pictured, but imagine it in the mason jar with the coconut milk) into the mason jar I’ll be using for my smoothie, and I put the spinach and almond butter in a container and they both go in the fridge. I suppose I could stick them all together, but I don’t want my spinach turning the milk green overnight as it shrivels. Then, in a small pinch bowl, I scoop the protein powder and flax meal and leave it on the counter, covered.
The next morning, I put a half cup of frozen berries in my blender after my shower, and by the time I’m dressed and ready, they’ve thawed a little. I pour in the rest of the ingredients, add my ice and then I blend it all up. This little time-saver helps a great deal.
This is the most affordable, highest protein, lowest sugar, gluten-free, soy & whey-free, vegan vanilla protein mix I could find.