Tender and nutrient dense, spinach is a mild-tasting green to sneak into your breakfast foods. Blueberries and sweet-tasting stevia will mask any slight veggie taste, making it a good option to share with family members who don’t always eat their veggies. Or for a flavor swap, use a half teaspoon almond extract in place of the cinnamon.
Blueberry Protein Smoothie
(Makes 2 servings)
Nutrition Per Serving (2½ cups): 261 calories, 20 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams total fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 6 grams fiber, 115 milligrams sodium.
- 1 cup leftover brewed green tea (cold)
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened coconut milk
- 2⁄3 cup plain or vanilla whey protein powder
- ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ½ cup raw baby spinach
- 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseeds or chia seeds (or chia-flax flour)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons stevia powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8 ice cubes
In a blender, place the tea, coconut milk, protein powder, blueberries, spinach, ground seeds, oil, stevia, cinnamon, and ice. Process until smooth. Divide evenly into 2 glasses and serve immediately.
Healthy Kitchen Tips
• Shop for coconut milk in the dairy aisle—it’s much lower in fat than canned coconut milk and a perfect sub for all your favorite breakfast recipes.
• Make your own “power powder” by grinding ½ cup flaxseeds with ½ cup chia seeds. Always purchase ground flaxseeds or grind the whole seeds yourself
in a coffee grinder. Store flaxseeds in an airtight container in the fridge.
Adapted from The Gut Balance Revolution