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Berry Protein Smoothie

Berry Protein Smoothie

Berry Protein Smoothie

Spring is in the air! When the season changes so does our body’s needs.

We start to crave cooler foods instead of warm ones in the spring time.

We want lighter meals instead of heavy ones.

Our bodies want to detox from all the heavy, fattier meals we needed in the winter time to keep us warm.

I usually have something warm for breakfast during the colder months, like eggs or oatmeal. As the weather warms up, I go back to having smoothies for breakfast because it’s super quick and keeps me full until lunch. This Berry Protein Smoothie is no exception. It’s chock-full of plant-based protein, healthy fats, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Oh and did I forget to say delicious?

BERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

(vegan + gluten free + dairy free)

Time: 5 minutes

Serves 1-2 people

INGREDIENTS: Use organic whenever possible

Add to the blender in the order listed:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ banana (frozen if you got it)
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 cup purified water

DIRECTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high for 45-60 seconds. Enjoy!

NOTEWORTHY PANTRY STAPLES:

It’s worth mentioning that the ingredients in this smoothie are things I ALWAYS have around because they are useful in so many ways.

  • CHIA SEEDS and hemp seeds are excellent for sprinkling on salads or yogurt to get those omega-3’s and easy-to-digest protein.
  • ALMOND BUTTER I use as a snack with an apple amongst other things. Be sure to buy a brand where almonds are the only ingredient.
  • ALMOND MILK.I try to avoid dairy as it promotes inflammation in the body, so unsweetened almond milk is my substitute. You could use coconut milk or rice milk in your smoothies as well.
  • AVOCADOS are so so good for you; use them in salads, dips, dressings, soup toppings…anyway you possibly can.
  • FROZEN BERRIES. It’s almost impossible for frozen berries to go bad so stock up!
  • CINNAMON…most people have some cinnamon around and should use it more often. It’s an excellent way to make things taste sweet and helps balance blood sugar.
  • BANANAS. Don’t throw them away if they are too ripe for your liking. Peel it and place it in the freezer in a ziploc. This will make your smoothies taste like a milkshake.

Here’s to changing things up and trying something new this spring!

Lots of Love,

Shannon

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