Protein Power Smoothie
Recipe by Michelle Harris
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Want a quick way to provide your body with high and easily absorbable amounts of health promoting nutrients, found in vegetables, fruits and super foods? You should try a smoothie!
- Source a blender and Wash and chop ingredients well before adding to the blender
My pick of the bunch is a Thermomix, Vitamix or you can pick up cheaper brands to kick-start your blending adventure like a nutribullet. It is crucial if your ingredients are not organic.
- Add some fruit
Fruit is not a compulsory ingredient in smoothies, but will improve the taste of most recipes. To reduce the sugar load, limit to a maximum of 1 piece, or 2 small handfuls. Avocado, banana, kiwi fruit, mango, pear, berries and stone fruit are popular choices. Frozen berries add an icier texture, and frozen bananas, avocados and mangoes, create a creamy smoothie. Delicious!
- Include some greens
Leafy greens such as silver beet, spinach, swiss chard, romaine lettuce (cos lettuce) and celery. Cucumber is another healthy and refreshing green addition. Note: if you have an underactive thyroid, it is best not to have cruciferous vegetable raw (kale, cabbage, bok choy, swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts), as they will compete with iodine in the body. Iodine is an important mineral for the thyroid gland.
- Pour in the liquid base
For a protein-based smoothie, you could use nut or seed milks such as almond, cashew, brazil nut, hemp seed and coconut milk. Otherwise, filtered water with a handful of nuts or a scoop of nut butter will be a fresher op on. Adjust the amount of liquid to suit your desired consistency.
The fruit you use should be plenty to sweeten your smoothie. Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, along with vanilla and cacaco powder can improve the taste.
- Add more super foods and your protein Powder
When you are con dent in making smoothies, add an extra nutrient boost by experimenting with super foods. These include coconut oil, MCT Oil, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass, acai, camu camu, bee pollen, chia seeds, cacao, goji berries, hemp seeds and maca powder.
- Blend and enjoy This is such an easy way of adding more greens into your day!
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 heaped tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon maca powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 1 dessert spoon coconut oil or MCT Oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Optional extras:1banana/handful berries and/or 1 teaspoon cacao powder
- 3 cubes ice
- 5 cups water and
- 1 cup coconut or other nut milk (amount depending on desired consistency)
Blend and Enjoy
Hemp Seeds make the smoothie much creamier and contain high levels of omega3’s, protein and minerals.