Green smoothies and gut health are all the rage right now (rightfully so). If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon now is the time! It’s a great habit to start, especially right now in the middle of summer. I’ve been drinking a weekday, morning green smoothie for years. Often times I double or triple the recipe and my family has it for breakfast too. Getting veggies into my kiddos and zero dishes (besides my Vitamix) is a win win.
The first meal you put into your body matters! If you aren’t a breakfast person no worries, just make this smoothie and enjoy as soon as you feel hungry. It can also be great in the afternoon if you are hangry, but have late dinner or party plans. This recipe is convenient, delicious, and packed with nutrients. Whey protein powder, PB or almond butter, and chia seeds are the stars of this smoothie. Chia seeds contain fiber which is necessary for a healthy gut as it helps promote good bacteria. They also contain heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty aids. Chia seeds are truly a super food on theirn own, but make a great addition to a smoothie. I usually buy this brand! The smoothie recipe below will provide you with nutrients and energy to start your day, balance your blood sugar and keep you full until your next meal. Balanced blood sugar=less cravings and a healthy metabolism.
My current favorite protein powder is by Primal Kitchen and you can find it here.
The vanilla coconut version is also great for making a tropical flavored smoothie. Simply swap out the frozen banana for a tropical fruit mix and the PB for melted coconut oil. I go back and forth between vanilla and chocolate and switch up my frozen fruit so I don’t get bored!
PB Cup Smoothie
8-10oz water or unsweetened nut milk (depending on how thick you want it)
Large handful spinach
1 small or 1/2 large frozen banana
1 T Organic Natural Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
1 T Chia Seeds
1 scoop Primal Kitchen Chocolate Coconut Whey Protein Powder
Tamara Geffin, FNTP