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Really Good Smoothie Recipes

 

Since I wrote about Dr Oz’s meal plan earlier in the week I wanted to include some more smoothie recipes because he only has one in his program.  Right after my second son I went hard core on the protein smoothies and below I have listed some of my favourites J

 

Tips

 

-In the summer I use coconut milk because it’s supposed to have a “cooling” effect on the body, in the winter I use almond. My advice would be to use whatever you think tastes better, the coconut is definitely creamier and the almond has a more neutral watery taste.

 

-You don’t need the extra protein powder, I think if you are trying to go a longer period of time before your next meal protein powder is good because it’ll keep you satiated longer but it also adds 100 plus calories and if you include a natural protein source such as greek yogurt or nut butter you’ll be fine. But if your going to be engaged in a strength training routine for the day you might want the extra protein & calories so do include the powder

 

-Purchase a high quality protein, there is tons of cheap crap out there that’s full of chemicals and fillers, find a reputable supplement store and talk to them about your choices.  I use Vega it was developed by a vegan Olympic athlete and it’s the cleanest formula I’ve found. Dr Oz recommends rice protein powder, but I find it really gritty again up to you, it’s a personal choice and there’s lots of different opinions out there.

 

-Because these smoothies have fruit in them they do contain a moderate amount of sugar, thankfully the high fiber content decreases the spike in insulin that usually occurs when the body ingests sugar but still it’s better to have your smoothie in the morning so that your all revved up for the rest of the day, then at dinner eat your protein and veggies in order to keep insulin levels low before bed.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Bliss

 

2 tbsp. peanut butter

1 cup nut milk

½ banana

1 scoop protein powder (chocolate is what I use, but vanilla would be fine too)

 

Kale Delight

 

1-cup kale

½ cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 cup nut milk

¼ cup vanilla greek yogurt

1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)

 

Blueberry Ecstasy

 

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup spinach

¼ cup vanilla greek yogurt

1 scoop protein powder

1 cup nut milk

 

 

 

The Protein Creamsicle

 

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

¼ cup vanilla greek yogurt

1 cup spinach

½ cup orange juice

 

And yes, I did make up these names…your welcome.

 

Have a great rest of your week!

Natasha

 

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