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.
This blog post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. The content and opinions expressed here are mine.
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 find that a ripe frozen banana and unsweetened almond milk is base camp for a sweet, healthy treat, so most of my protein smoothies are founded on this duo. This almond butter chia seed protein smoothie is just so silly simple. Occasionally, I’ll toss in some oats for added thickness, flavor and fiber!
What Sources of Protein Are In This Smoothie?:
Great question! The smoothie gathers the majority of the protein from collagen peptides (or your favorite protein powder). There is also some plant-based protein in the almond butter, almond milk, and chia seeds.
I have been known to add a scrambled egg or scrambled egg whites to my smoothies for extra protein. I assure you, you can’t detect it! As long as you use a high-powered blender, you will notice no gritty texture from the egg, and the flavor will be masked by the banana.
What Type of Protein Powder to Use:
I’ve never really been able to get on board with most protein powders, so almond butter and collagen powder is my protein source of choice when it comes to smoothies. Occasionally, I’ll do some hemp powder. If you have a favorite protein powder, toss ‘er in!
How to Make This Smoothie Lower in Carbohydrate:
Looking for a lower sugar or lower carbohydrate smoothie? Simply replace the frozen banana with frozen cauliflower. I prefer using frozen cauliflower that was previously steamed, as I find cooked cauliflower is easier on my digestive system than raw. Be sure to sprinkle in some extra cinnamon, a touch of vanilla extract and/or cocoa powder for added flavor if you go with cauliflower.
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. Add any of your favorite fruit to change up the flavor – I prefer leaving it on the creamy/almond butter/chocolate end of the smoothie spectrum.
For those of you who have busy lifestyles and tend to eat on the go, check out the Smoovii Portable Blender, which requires no electrical outlet to operate and is super easy to clean! You can carry it with you in your gym bag, work bag, or even bring it camping, and fashion up amazing smoothies in seconds.
More Healthy Protein Smoothie Recipes:
- Immunity Boosting Tropical Smoothie
- Good Digestion Smoothie
- Liver Detox Smoothie
- Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie
- Adaptogenic Protein Smoothie
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Almond Butter Chia Smoothie
A protein smoothie with almond butter, banana and chia seeds
Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.