April 21, 2015

Protein Packed Blueberry Almond Smoothie

When spring finally rolls around, I always have such an easier time preparing breakfast in the morning. Once the temperature climbs above 60, it becomes all smoothies all the time! I love making smoothies because they're an easy breakfast option to just grab and go and I can make several of them in a matter of minutes and have breakfast planned for the entire week!

Being a vegetarian, I make it a point to load up my smoothies with protein so that I start the morning with something really filling and get the majority of my protein in first thing in the morning.

One of my favorite smoothie recipes combines blueberries, almond butter, milk and homemade Greek yogurt for a protein packed, delicious breakfast that's awesome to start the morning with!

-1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
-1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup milk (soy or regular)
-1 tbsp pomegranate juice
-2 tbsp almond butter
-1 tsp honey
-1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Pour milk into a blender followed by yogurt, pomegranate juice and vanilla. Add blueberries, almond butter and honey. If using fresh blueberries, add a few ice cubes. Blend until ice is thoroughly blended.

I use my own Greek yogurt (recipe here) which I don't flavor. If you prefer, you can use vanilla yogurt and skip the vanilla extract. To get the full protein packed version of this, it's important to use soy or regular milk. Other nondairy milks don't have the same amount of protein.

Nutrition Info

That's 36 grams of protein JUST for breakfast! The recommended protein intake for women is 46 grams per day so this recipe provides me with almost my entire daily protein intake just in one meal, which is awesome!

Do you pack your smoothies with protein?
What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes?

1 comment:

  1. This sounds super tasty! I love going to Tropical Smoothie for their blueberry and raspberry smoothie. This sounds right up my alley!


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