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!
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 smoothie is full of protein, 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 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 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 Chia Smoothie
- 1 large ripe banana peeled and frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Ground cinnamon
- Maca Powder
- raw cacao powder
- Blueberries or fruit of choice
- Spinach or leafy green of choice
Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.