I hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend. And also that you had some time to send up a prayer or thought of thankfulness for those who have made sacrifices for our country.
We are feeling just a tad anxious around here, because our younger daughter and her husband will be welcoming their new daughter any day now. The whole family is anticipating her arrival and our chance to get our hands on a new baby – it has been nearly 6 years since the last grandkid was born, so we are a bit impatient for this one!
That doesn’t have a single thing to do with this post. But then, I’m a grandma and you have to indulge us, right? So – on to a recipe…
A healthy breakfast this time of year is kind of a challenge for me. I don’t feel like having eggs once the weather warms up, and I can’t do carbs that early in the day. I have to eat breakfast though, or I set myself up for poor choices later on and smoothies are the perfect solution for me.
A smoothie is like having a fruity, creamy milkshake, and I can do a milkshake any time of day.
But, if it is going to keep me going until lunchtime, it has to have protein, and this shake is packed with it! The summery berries are combined with raw almonds, flax seed, Greek yogurt and a little of my favorite protein powder to make a filling and nourishing shake that is very satisfying. It even has spinach, but don’t tell anyone, because otherwise they’ll never know it’s in there.
There are any number of machines that will make a nice, creamy smoothie, but I like my Nutri Bullet. I’ve had it for about 8 months and I use it nearly every day – still works just like new. There are a lot of smoothie makers out there, so I’m sure you can find one that you like. The flax and almonds in this smoothie might be a challenge for some machines though – they do take a bit of power to get them to a drinkable consistency.
If you prefer not to use a protein powder, that is fine – I need the extra nutrition, but if you don’t, then it is not a problem to leave it out. I like Plant Fusion, because it doesn’t have any soy, but there are plenty of others available.
I’m also aware that a lot of people are in a big hurry in the morning, so I made this recipe as easy as possible – you just throw everything in there at once, and let it rip until you have a creamy, cool, delicious breakfast.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk [or whatever milk you prefer]
- ¼ cup fat free vanilla Greek yogurt, or a dairy free yogurt if you prefer.
- 2 heaping tablespoons protein powder
- about 8 to 10 raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon golden flax seeds
- ½ cup blueberries
- 5 or 6 strawberries
- small handful of fresh spinach
- Place all ingredients, in the approximate order given, in a smoothie maker or blender, and process until very smooth and creamy.
You – nor anyone else – will never be able to tell there is spinach in there. You can’t taste it, and, unless you put it a lot, it won’t show in the color either. So, you can totally sneak the spinach past your kids.
I plan to share some more of my favorite smoothie recipes through the summer, so make sure you get to see all of those recipes [and a whole more summer veggie goodness!] by subscribing to my newsletter
In the meantime – drink up!
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