All Smoothies are Green Smoothies

I love smoothies!  There is no better “fast food”, especially for breakfast.  There’s only one problem…they tend to be mostly fruit and therefore, LOT OF SUGAR and carbs!

Luckily, there is an easy fix.  To avoid spikes in the blood sugar (which causes the body to store fat) make sure that every meal, including breakfast is mostly comprised of protein and fiber (from veggies) with some healthy fats.

Here’s a few things you can do to make a better smoothie…

-Add chia seeds, chia seeds provide good fat, some protein and are high in fiber.  Just be sure to have some dental floss handy 😉

– Add an unsweetened or low sugar protein powder.  I prefer plant based protein, but a whey protein option is just fine.  ***Beware of added artificial sugars.

– Use avocado instead of banana.  A smoothie, should be smooth, go figure.  Most recipes call for bananas to give a thick, smooth consistency, but avocado can also provide that great smoothie texture without the sugar.

– Make every smoothie a green smoothie.  Add 1 cup of kale, spinach or other hearty greens to any smoothie recipe.  It won’t change the flavor much, but will change the color. Here are a few of my favorites.


SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE

1/2 cooked sweet potato

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup (or more) kale

2 tblsp chia seeds

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

ice cubes

This tastes like sweet potato pie in a cup.  It’s delicious and is great during cold weather months.


PB&J SMOOTHIE

1/2 banana

2 tblsp almond or peanut butter

1/2 cup frozen berries (your choice)

1 cup (or more) kale

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

I like this one for breakfast, but I often find myself making one of these for a mid afternoon protein pick-me-up.


AVOCADO BERRY SMOOTHIE

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup frozen berries (your choice)

1 cup (or more) spinach

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp. honey or agave nectar (optional)

It’s yummy, trust me 😉


Enjoy!

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