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> What's in Your Smoothie?

What's in Your Smoothie?

Posted on 10/13/2015 by Kulae

Last week I posted for my Shape Up groups some of my favorite smoothie recipes.  They are not only delicious but a perfect blend of protein, carbs and healthy fats.  

When I first start working with clients often times they say

"I eat very clean: I have a smoothie for breakfast......"  WOAH, stop right there!  "What's in it?"

is my next question and the list gets SOOOO long: honey, agave nectar, chia, flax, coconut oil, TONS of fruit, milk, yogurt.  Basically its a mish-mosh of whatever was in house without really understanding how to create a balanace.  None of the above ingredients are bad, it is just the quantity of these items that really is important.

What I generally find is that most people have a mason jar (because it is so hip to drink your smoothie out of a mason jar) full of carbs and fats.

If your goal is weightloss you may want to consider to add more veggies instead of fruit.  As much as fruit has amazing phytonutrients in it, it is also high in sugar. (Have you read my blog post on CARBS?)   Also, add some good quality protein in there: greek yogurt, egg whites or a protein powder. (Have you read my blog post on PROTEIN?)

Here are my favorite smoothie recipes:

Banana-Matcha-Spinach Smoothie

(1 Lean Protein, 1 Fruit, 1 Healthy Fat)

2 C baby spinach
1/2 C water
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 T chia seed
1/2 t matcha powder

Kale-Cherry-Chocolate Smoothie

(1 Lean Protein, 1 Fruit, 1/2 Starchy Carb)

1 C kale
1/2 C frozen cherries
1 C unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Vanilla-Pineapple-Banana Smoothie

(1 Lean Protein, 1 Fruit, 1 Healthy Fat, 1/2 Starchy Carb)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 frozen banana
1/4 C frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 of an avocado
1 C unsweetened almond milk

Banana-Coconut-Green Tea Smoothie

(1 Lean Protein, 1 Fuit, 1 Healthy Fat)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 C light coconut milk
1/4 C heavily steeped green tea, cooled
1/4 t vanilla extract
1/4 frozen banana

Blueberry-Lime Smoothie

(1 Lean Protein, 1 Fruit, 1 Starchy Carb)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 C unsweetened almond milk
1 t stevia
10 fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 C frozen blueberries

Directions: Place ingredients in your blender and turn it on!  I LOVE my Cuisinart Blender. Because I am clearly not hip, I pour it into a tumbler.  I am obsessed with these Aladdin Tumblers right now because not only do they have fun straws, but they have a leak proof top and you can unscrew the whole thing and actually get your hand inside there to clean it!

For my Shape Up group members you will see what each smoothie counts towards for your Food Log.

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