I’m not a smoothie person. I guzzle them down way too quickly and it’s gone in the blink of an eye. I much prefer a meal that I can eat with a knife and fork! However, smoothies can be a great breakfast option that can be prepared the night before and easily transported to work, school or to training. They can also be a great way to incorporate a variety of nutrient dense ingredients such a protein powder. I use a high-quality protein powder such as the Bare Blends Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) in the Vanilla Bean flavour. It’s naturally sweetened with stevia, which unlike other highly processed powders, it won’t cause digestive upset. They also have a range of other favours and plant based options too.
To kickstart your morning, try my Creamy Coconut & Almond Smoothie recipe.
Gluten Free | Serves 1
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice
30g (3 tablespoons) vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons desiccated or shredded coconut
1 tablespoon flaxseed or chia (I used flaxseed)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender, before pouring into a glass and topping with a sprinkle of chopped almonds and coconut. I like my coconut toasted!
Post Training & Carbohydrates
I consumed the smoothie post workout so added the dates for additional carbohydrates. So there is a place for carbs in the diet! With that said, omit the dates or try adding just 1 date if you’re trying to control your blood sugar levels or sticking to a lower carb diet.