This powerhouse smoothie recipe is full of antioxidants and plenty of protein to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
It’s time for me to come clean: my morning smoothie is rarely beautiful. But what it lacks in beauty it more than makes up for in taste, I promise. My secret? CINNAMON! Yes, cinnamon. Why should oatmeal have all the fun?
Cinnamon is not only delicious but it adds a subtle, spicy balance to the sweet fruit. It also happens to be full of health benefits:
Helps Control Blood Sugars: When paired with high-carb foods such as fruits it can actually counter-balance any spikes in blood sugar. As a result, your energy levels will remain stable and you won’t experience that post-meal crash.
Boost Brain Power: Studies show that just the smell of cinnamon can actually help boost brain function. Given how little sleep I’m running on these days I need all the help I can get in this department.
Rich in Antioxidants: Cinnamon and other warm spices such as turmeric, cumin and cloves are powerful antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of long term diseases.
If cinnamon isn’t your jam, I encourage you to try other spices in your smoothie. Nutmeg pairs really well with banana. Ground ginger is delicious with peaches. The options are endless.
Your straw is waiting.
High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie
This powerhouse smoothie is full of antioxidants and plenty of protein to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup cup chopped kale
- 1/2 cup cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
- 1/2 scoop protein powder 1/2 c water optional
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- two handfuls ice or more to taste
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
Add more or less ice to reach desired thickness.
The amount of water you will need will depend on whether you are working with fresh or frozen fruit. I typically add 1/2 cup water with the protein powder as a way to get the smoothie going in the blender but it is optional.