These three breakfast smoothies are my favourite because they taste so decadent, yet they’re so good for you!
Each is a good source of protein and nutrients to get you started on your day. Plus, they taste like ice cream and milk shakes – which is never a bad thing.
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1 tbsp of peanut butter. Make sure you don’t have any of that nasty hydrogenated oil in your peanut butter. That stuff is BAD for you. Ideally your peanut butter should just contain peanuts.
- 1 frozen bananana. I use my over ripe ones and stick them in the freezer over night.
- I tbsp of sweetener of your choice. Maple syrup or agave are my favourites. If you’re not vegan honey would work, too.
Blend your ingredients together for 30 seconds. If you want more of an “ice cream” consistency” rather than a “milk shake” consistency, use two frozen bananas.
Chocolate Protein Smoothie
- 2 cups of almond milk.
- 2 tbsps of cacao powder. I prefer the Nativas Naturals certified, organic, vegan, kosher, raw cacao powder.
- 1 tbsp of protein powder. I use Vega Sport Performance Powder in Vanilla.
- 1 tbsp of sweetener of your choice. Maple syrup or agave are my favourites. If you’re not vegan honey would work, too.
Blend your ingredients together for 30 seconds. If you like, you can top with raw cacao nibs – also made by Nativas Naturals, or chopped peanuts.
Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie
- 1/2 chopped pineapple, hard core and outer removed.
- 5 medium sized strawberries, halved. It’s better if you use frozen strawberries because it keeps your smoothie thick, but it’s not the end of the world if they are fresh.
- 4-5 ice cubes.
- 1.5 cups of almond milk.
Blend together for 30 seconds to a minute, depending on how your blender goes with your pineapple. If it’s a post workout smoothie, I include a scoop of my protein powder. If it’s pre-workout, I don’t bother.
If you want to be doubly healthy, you can add a handful of greens like spinach, kale and arugula into your smoothies.
They have a surprisingly neutral taste when they are blended well into a smoothie, and give you a good dose of your recommended daily intake of vegetables.
It’s a good way to sneak veggies into the diet of a veggie hater, too. Another way of getting your greens in is to include a tbsp of greens powder, powdered or capsuled spirulina or chlorella when you are blending.
Prep time: 5 minutes max.
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