I love smoothies! I am obsessed with them, honestly. Smoothies are one of the key components in my diet and I think they are a great option when trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Smoothies are perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up and before or after a workout. When running short on time in the morning, they are a quick and easy breakfast.
I started making smoothies when I was a kid. I had this awesome cookbook that my mom picked up for me at a garage sale that was filled with great smoothie recipes. That cookbook was the first step towards discovering my love for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen!
Once I started working out in high school, I began making protein smoothies using whey protein powder. I loved using the chocolate flavour and blending it with milk, a banana, and peanut butter. That was when I started to realise how you can really pack nutrition into these delicious drinks.
There are endless possibilities for a smoothie and I have learned a few tricks to making a well-balanced and delicious smoothie.
If you don’t like fruits in a liquid form, have a look at this delicious smoothie bowl recipe.
In order to make the perfect smoothie, you have to first start with your protein source. This can be a scoop of protein powder, a pasteurised egg, half a cup of plain Greek yogurt, or even cottage cheese!
Next, pick your liquid. Milk makes for a creamier smoothie, but water works well too. Almond or coconut milk are great options.
Add a tablespoon of nut butter.
Pick a fruit or fruits to flavour your smoothie. I almost always add a frozen banana. I also like adding berries. Experiment here!
If you want some omega 3s, add flax seeds or chia seeds to the smoothie. Chia Seeds will add thickness.
Lastly, add a handful of ice cubes. You can put all of this together in a soup/smoothie maker, as this will make the process a lot easier.
Optional: add some spinach or kale for added nutrition and a beautiful green hue.
For most of my smoothies I use a brown rice protein. I highly recommend using this instead of the traditional whey protein that most of the big brands sell.
The end result turned out fabulous. The smoothie was so thick, creamy, and delicious. You probably won’t understand how this drink can actually be good for you. Here’s the recipe:
Blackberry Protein Smoothie
What you need for this Recipe:
1 scoop of vanilla flavoured protein powder
1 cup of vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup of plain Greek Yogurt
Half of a frozen banana
Handful of frozen blackberries
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
shredded coconut for topping
How to Make this Recipe:
Slice a banana into coins and place into freezer for at least an hour or until frozen.
Pour milk and protein powder into a blender, blend on low for a few seconds.
Add all other ingredients except coconut.
Blend on high until all the frozen fruit is broken up.
Pour into a glass and top with shredded coconut if desired.