The point of a smoothie is NOT to make a thick, glorified juice full of sugar. This smoothie has protein (from the almonds and protein powder), a fruit, and some health fat. Unlike a smoothie full of fruits and sugar, it will keep you satisfied and energized right through your busy morning. You can also try this in the afternoon when many of us need a snack and have a slump of energy.
This recipe can be changed and adapted to suit the season by changing the fruit or mixing more than one fruit, but try to keep the fruit to one serving or a half serving of 2 different fruits.
A single serving of fruit is one of the following, but using two halves is also a delicious choice: 1 apple, 1 pear, 2 apricots, 1 peach, 1 c berries, 1/2 banana, 1c melon etc.
If you eat dairy, you can substitute 1/3 c almond or soy milk for 1/3 c goat or sheep yogurt.
Soaked nuts are a great source of healthy fat and protein and you can use almonds, walnuts, or cashews. If you are avoiding nuts, you should add some healthy fat to keep you full and to nourish your body and brain. Try adding 1 tsp of coconut butter or flax seed oil.
Breakfast Smoothie (for 1 person)
1TBSP rice protein powder
1/3 c almond or soy milk
2/3 c coconut water
1/2 frozen banana
2 tsp almond butter (or 2 TBSP raw almonds soaked overnight)
1 1/2 tsp whole flax seed
1 1/2 wheat germ
(a handful of greens or sprouts, for the hard core health gurus among you)