I am a smoothie lover – I could have them any time of the day, but typically I make smoothies for breakfast. I find them to be quick, easy and packed full of essential healthy foods to kick-start my day.
Often when I suggest them to patients I meet a little resistance, I think the perception is that they take some time to prepare, especially when you are an avid boxed cereal and milk kind of person. And I do agree that any change can be a little more work in the beginning, but a.m. smoothies save heaps of time during the morning rush. If you have kids or work or both, then you know what I am talking about; getting people dressed, lunches packed, everybody nourished, it can certainly be chaotic.
I try my very best to take the crazy out of the mornings because no one benefits from feeling anxious at the start of the day. What I won’t compromise is starting the day off with a balanced breakfast that stabilizes insulin, boosts energy and promotes mental clarity, as well as ensures behavioural balance in my kids.
A quality smoothie for me contains four main components; protein (it is my experience that very few people focus on protein at breakfast), fibre, satiating healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.
Put your ingredients in a blender, mix it up and share with the entire family – a simple breakfast solution!.
I have a basic smoothie recipe (check it out here), but it is nice to switch it up with different phytonutrients and superfoods.
Here is what is great about this smoothie:
Matcha– crushed green tea leaf containing trace minerals and vitamins (A, B- complex, C, E & K). It is rich in catechin polyphenols- compounds with high antioxidant activity, EGCG most notably. Matcha contains a significant source of fiber and gives any beverage- warm or cold a creamy texture and delicious flavour.
Naturally sweetened– Dates are a great way to sweeten any smoothie recipe. Dates also contain fibre which prevents blood sugar from spiking and stabilizes energy.
Dairy free– Many people benefit from being dairy free and there are so many great alternatives out there especially for milk and yogurt replacements- I love all things coconut!
- - 2 tbsp matcha powder
- - 6 dates
- - 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
- - 1 scoop vegetarian protein powder (my faves- Progressive Organics Brown Rice, Sun Warrior, Natural Factors Vegan Protein Powder, Orange Naturals ND Shake).
- - 1 banana
- - 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- - Handfull of ice cubes
- - 1-2 tbsp of fresh ground flaxseeds
- - 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
- - 1 tsp chia seeds
- - 1 tsp of raw cacao nibs
- Add the ingredients to your blender, blend & enjoy!
- Dairy Free (DF)
- Vegan (V)
I hope you like my new easy printable recipe card! So fun & convenient!
I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do – I can’t wait to make a smoothie lover out of you. 🙂
In health & happiness,