Morning shakes/smoothies are all the rage these days. And many, ready to kick off their 2015 weight loss goals, are trying to figure out just what the heck to put into them.
While there are many great things you can add to your smoothie, there are a few basics that make for a great, and healthy, morning meal. And sometimes, less is more when it comes to your calorie count.
To get you started, here’s a basic shopping list and recipe. I use this recipe for my morning smoothie nearly every day of the week. It keeps me full right through lunch.
- Pea Protein (look for a brand that contains ONLY pea protein, no vanilla or other additives; I also recommend you buy one that is non-GMO and organic). If you prefer to use a protein powder pack Ahola has a great, albeit expensive, product.
- Organic Spinach (If you have a Giant grocery store in your area, they have a great large pack at a good price)
- Organic Parsley
- Mixed Organic Berries (Costco has them at a good price in the frozen section)
- Navy Beans (Eden Organic is the best brand as they don’t add salt, and there’s no BPA in their cans)
- Tumeric (I recommend organic)
- Flaxseeds (click the word to read about how to buy/store them, it is very important to do correctly)
- Hemp / Chia Seeds (you can rotate these with your Flaxseeds – they can be found in the bulk section of a grocery store and Costco has organic Chia Seeds)
- Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
- In your blender add:
- 1 tablespoon Flaxseeds (or Chia, or Hemp)
- 1/4 cup Navy Beans
- 1/2 cup Mixed Berries
- 1 scoop Pea Protein
- A few generous shakes of Tumeric
- Handful of Parsley
- Put 1 cup of Spinach in a measuring cup, add water, steam in microwave for 45 seconds
- Once done, fill the rest of the cup up with cold water, and put into blender
- 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut or Almond Milk
- Ice cubes
- Blend and enjoy a tasty and healthy breakfast
*If you want the shake to be a bit sweeter, add 1/2 of a frozen banana
Note: You can swap out 1/4 cup of pureed pumpkin for the berries, or an organic pear, or an organic apple to keep things interesting. You can also swap out kale for the spinach, however keep in mind that kale will give a stronger “green” flavor to your smoothie.