Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

This 4-ingredient Almond Butter Protein Smoothie provides a boost of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and makes for a healthful breakfast or snack.

Well hello there! We all made it through the holidays with flying colors! Chest bumps all around!

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie with chia seeds - an excellent smoothie for every day clean eating #vegan #healthy

This year, I have resolved to do more adult-like things, like live with intention (read: make smart decisions), listen to science-y podcasts, and furnish my apartment. Did you know I don’t own a TV? What are your feelings on wall decorations? Rugs: yay or nay? Are side tables really necessary? Can I use my kitchen trash can as all my trash cans? Can we just drink coffee and talk about Liam Hemsworth?

In honor of the New Year, I’m sharing a week’s worth of healthful smoothies and drinks with you. Did you know liquid clears your body four times faster than solid food? Does that make you want to drink all your foods? Beef burrito shake, anyone? Easy sell.

A great way to re-set your metabolism is to annihilate a nutritious smoothie or creamy soup (such as the Golden Beet and Fennel Soup I showed you last week). Your body is very receptive to food in liquiform. This protein smoothie includes Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, and easy-to-digest carbohydrates. When we think of detox smoothies, we tend to think “green.” Green’s awesome, and I’m all about adding a handful of spinach to my protein smoothies, but we also need protein and fat in order to support digestion. I’ve never really been able to get on board with protein powders, so almond butter is my protein source of choice when it comes to smoothies.

I find that a ripe frozen banana and unsweetened almond milk is basecamp for a sweet, healthy treat, so most of my protein smoothies are founded on this duo. This almond butter chia seed smoothie is just so silly simple. On any given day, this could be my breakfast or snack when I’m super fungry and pressed for time. I always have the ingredients for this smoothie on hand, and it’s perfect to use as a blank canvas for other smoothie add-ins, such as maca powder, hemp seeds, cacao powder, and/or your favorite fruit and leafy greens.

 Get a move on!

 

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie with chia seeds - an excellent smoothie for every day clean eating #vegan #healthy

Almond Butter Chia Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe banana peeled and frozen
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Optional Add-ins:

Instructions

  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Oh, my vote is for Liam Hemsworth! He is a hot-tee. 😉

    And it’s probably a good thing that you don’t own a TV. They’re pretty much just a drain on all productivity.

    This smoothie though- it’s so simple yet so complete. And I’m all for anything that involves drinking almond butter. 🙂

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  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Almond butter+banana is my FAVORITE smoothie combo, yesss! I agree with the adult things and living with intention, plus sometimes it’s hard to furnish a place because there are so many options but what do you even doooo?! I feel ya.

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  3. Casey @ Casey the College Celiac

    Unless I don’t have time to whip it up in the morning, smoothies or “nana ice cream” are always my go-to for breakfast! There are just too many delicious options and easy ways to devour some good fruits, veggies and protein packed goodness! 🙂

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  4. Annie @Maebells

    Everyone needs a big beautiful area rug!! 🙂 And I love smoothies, love love love them! That is normally what I have for breakfast. I love this tasty almond butter version! It looks fantastic!

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    1. Julia Post author

      So happy to here it, Sara! I love adding cinnamon to my smoothies too – it’s great for blood circulation and gives the drink a nice sweet warmth 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  5. Gail

    Delicious. I replaced almond butter with cashew butter (it’s what i had on hand). Also used a T of hemp seeds instead of chia seeds, with additional add-ins of a tsp of maca, a T of date paste (for added sweetness) and a handful of kale stems.

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  6. Karen

    I want to start making smoothies, but I detest bananas. Do you have a go-to banana sub that still provides the smoothie thickness without the banana taste?

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    1. Lev

      For Karen who doesn’t like bananas-

      I got kind of bored of banana so was looking for alternatives, read up that frozen white Cannellini beans or black beans (cacao base smoothie?) ( if you can eat legumes) also make a good nutritious substitute to banana which also thickens the smoothie, has very little taste and makes smoothie smoooooth + keeps the chill

      Otherwise, thickening ‘agents’ like chia seeds or flexseed meal – they will thicken up the liquid over a little time so you have a smoothie like consistency and helps get you full

      hopes this helps!
      Lev

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    2. Amber Jayanth

      Just freeze the fruit that you do like and throw it in a smoothie. The fact that it’s frozen with thicken it up. You can always add ice and Chia seeds to make it thicker. Bananas add sweetness, but you can add dates instead to make your smoothie sweeter Hope that helps!

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