Morning is my favorite time of day. I live for the fresh slate that it provides and love starting the day in a way that rejuvenates me. I’ve talked about things I do for a peaceful morning in the past, but one thing I haven’t shared is my go-to healthy breakfast. It took me a while to find a breakfast that was quick, flavorful, and would keep me full until lunch. I experimented with protein-rich yogurts, eggs, oatmeal, toast, and more, but I would either feel hungry a few hours later, break out (from the dairy and eggs), or get tired of the taste. When I perfected my smoothie recipe to cover all these bases, I didn’t look back! Keep reading to learn why I love it so much and for the recipe…
Here’s what I love about this smoothie:
- The frozen fruit provides a creamy, ice-cream like texture without unnecessary fats or calories
- Vegan protein provides 20g of protein, a variety of raw vitamins, and doesn’t cause digestive issues
- This smoothie tastes like a healthy milkshake
- It keeps me full for a late lunch (1-2pm)
- It takes me all of 3 minutes to make
- My Nutribullet is incredibly easy to clean and pack
My Staple Recipe:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 scoop of Plant Fusion Vanilla or Chocolate protein
1 cup of Silk Cashew Milk
Optional: 1/2 banana, spinach, flax/chia seed, spirulina, chlorella
The above is my usual recipe, but I’ll often swap the strawberries for blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries as they’re all fibrous fruits that will keep you full. Occasionally, I’ll use half a banana if I’m craving a true chocolate milkshake texture. I choose Cashew Milk because, of all the dairy-free non-almond milks I’ve tried (I’m allergic to almonds), it’s the creamiest and most flavorful. I like Good Karma Unsweetened Flax Milk as well. Depending on how much energy I feel I need, I’ll spice it up with add-ons like chia seeds, flax seeds, or some type of leafy green.
I’m allergic to whey and had to turn to vegan options for protein. It took me several months to find a vegan protein that didn’t bloat or upset my stomach. After experimenting with many, my favorites are Plant Fusion’s chocolate protein and Garden of Life’s grain-free protein in any flavor.
We used to rely on our Vitamix for smoothies, but it became cumbersome to wash because it’s designed to produce multiple servings. About 6 months ago, I resurrected my Nutribullet from college and it’s been the best decision! The blender unit is tiny and cleans easily with a quick rinse under the faucet.
We also pack our Nutribullet on trips when an in-room refrigerator will be available, which is an added bonus of it’s small size. I have this smoothie 5-6 times a week when we’re at home, leaving one day for a brunch or breakfast out with David or a friend. But honestly, when I don’t have this smoothie, I miss it! I’m addicted and the flavor is so delicious.
What’s your favorite breakfast that keeps you energized in the morning? I’d love to know in the comments.