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Ever since my roommate got a Ninja bullet for Christmas from her then-boyfriend, I have loved making protein smoothies.  Despite the fact that she broke up with him a month later, my roommates and I have used that thing to death.

I especially like having a good ol’ breakfast smoothie.  They’re a great way to get a lot of nutrients into the body right away in the morning, and they keep me full for hours.

After a little experimenting, I have a few recipes that I want to share.  They are everything they need to be: delicious, healthy, and easy to make.  I use similar bases for all of them because I like my smoothies #thiq, almost like a yogurt consistency.  I eat them with a spoon.  I’ll share the recipes below the photo for an easy screen shot for the people looking for a quick read, and then will share the benefits of the ingredients below.

Banana Bread Smoothie –  this smoothie is extra breakfasty.  It tastes just like banana bread!  It is sweet without being too much early in the morning.

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1 frozen banana

1/2 cup steamed then frozen cauliflower

1 serving size (5.3oz) Forager’s Cashewgurt in vanilla bean (dairy-free yogurt)

3/4 cup of almond milk (I use Silk brand)

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use whey based)

1 scoop collagen peptides

1 tbsp flax seeds

1/4 cup GF oats

Topped with Simply Elizabeth’s granola (blueberry hemp)

Blueberry Smoothie – I am not a huge berry girl, but this smoothie is subtle enough for me and was simply delicious.  Any berry can be substituted or added.

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Look at lil me, sippin my smoothie after a morning workout #gainz

1 frozen banana

1/2 steamed then frozen cauliflower

1/2 a single serving container of Kitehill’s Almond Yogurt in blueberry

1/2 cup almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein

1 scoop collagen peptides

1 handfuls of blueberries

1/4 cup kale microgreens

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Topped with extra cinnamon, blueberries, and almond butter (I use Justin’s brand)

Tropical Green Smoothie – a salad for breakfast?  Count me out!!!  Kidding.  This smoothie is great because it contains plenty of greens, but those flavors are masked by the other ingredients.  GREAT smoothie.

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1 frozen banana

1/2 cup steamed then frozen cauliflower

1 cup spinach

1/2 cup microgreens

1/4 cup pineapple

1/2 cup coconut water

1/4 cup blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein

1 scoop collagen peptides

1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Topped with Simply Elizabeth’s granola, more micro greens and blueberries.

Chocoholic Smoothie – oh skrrrrt this smoothie is definitely my speed.  I have a huge sweet tooth.  Chocolate aside, this smoothie still contains A+ ingredients.

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1 frozen banana

1/4 cup steamed then frozen cauliflower

1 scoop chocolate protein

1 tbsp cacao powder

1/4 cup blueberries

1 scoop collagen peptides

1/4 cup kale microgreens

1 tbsp flax seed

Topped with chocolate flavored coconut chips (I use Bare brand)

How do I prepare?

I steam my cauliflower ahead of time (I buy a bag of cauliflower rice and steam it in the bag) and then ration it in baggies in 1/2 and 1/4 cup portions before putting it in the freezer.  I also peel my bananas and put them in baggie before freezing them, because they are IMPOSSIBLE to peel once they’re frozen.  It makes it super easy to toss into the blender – smoothies take me about two minutes to make.  Easy!

Health (and smoothie) Benefits:

Bananas – contains potassium and magnesium which are beneficial for heart health.  Great for a smoothie because it makes it creamy, and freezing it helps makes the smoothie cold without ice.  Not a fan of bananas?  Frozen zucchini is a great substitute (but maybe not for the banana bread smoothie 🙂 )

Cauliflower – contains TONS of vitamins and minerals, including, but not limited to, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin.  Steaming it before freezing and using it helps your body to more easily digest it.

The Yogurts I Chose – I am really trying to cut out dairy from my diet (I am always bloated – so uncomfortable!)  These nut based yogurts are super delicious.  I actually prefer them to dairy yogurt!  These can easily be substituted with a milk yogurt or Greek yogurt.

Almond Milk – same reason as above for using almond milk instead of regular milk (dairy-free).  Almond milk is often enriched with calcium, giving it more calcium than cow’s milk.  It also does not raise blood sugar like cow’s milk.

Collagen Peptides – an ancient nutrient that is the most abundant protein in the body, supporting the health and vitality of your skin, hair, nails, bones and joints.  I use unflavored Vital Protein’s brand because I have flavored regular protein, but flavored options are out there!

Microgreens – a serving of microgreens has the same amount of nutrients as a serving of the real thing.  I put them on my avo toast, on my salads, as a garnish on chicken, and in my smoothies.

Simply Elizabeth’s Granola – I eat this plain all the time.  I eat it with milk, in yogurt, on my smoothies 😉  SO GOOD.  I love the blueberry hemp and the chocolate.  It is a great source of probiotics, = gut health!  I started buying it at Whole Foods, but found it at Target for a dollar cheaper $$

Let me know what you think, or what you use in your smoothies!  I’m always open to new ideas 🙂