I love starting the morning with a smoothie. It’s quick. If I’m in a hurry I can take it with me and be that hipster drinking out of a mason jar on the train. If I’m not hungry and can sip on it slowly over a few hours, which is much better than suddenly crashing at around 11am because I haven’t eaten. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting, but I don’t think it’s should be a daily thing, unless you have a large amount of weight you want to drop.
In all my breakfast smoothies I make sure I include 2 things.
- A 20g serve of protein
- A couple of tablespoons of fibre
The protein helps keep my blood sugar levels stable throughout the day, which means that not only do I have better energy levels but I’m also far less likely to spend money on muffins or cakes when buy my morning coffee. Adequate protein is also critical for the optimal function of my immune system, liver function, hormone production and of course growth and muscle recovery.
I use a whey-based protein as it has the highest bioavailability of all the different types of protein powders, which it’s going to be more effective at helping me meet my health goals. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan then rice, pea or hemp protein are good options.
I add fibre to help keep me full throughout the day. I also add fibre to support the health of my digestive system, as almonds, sesame and linseed act as a fantastic prebiotic for the beneficial bacteria in my digestive tract.
This is my main go-to recipe that I tend to follow most mornings.
I love using blueberries as they are one of the richest sources of antioxidants. They are also fantastic for maintaining good gut health – studies show they act as a prebiotic for our beneficial bacteria. That said, I find using a mix of different berries tends to be a bit tastier.
I often add a bit of cacao as well as it’s another rich source of antioxidants (yes cacao is healthy when it’s not accompanied by large quantities of sugar). If I have some maca on hand I’ll also add it to the mix as it’s a great way to give my adrenals that little extra support. In today’s fast-paced world all of need to give our adrenals a little extra love.
So I’ll stop talking now and just give you the recipe already. Let me know how you find it! If you would like to print a copy simply click on the image below to open a printable copy of the recipe.