You all by now know that I am a BIG fan of green smoothies; especially when it’s hot out. They are pretty much what I have for breakfast everyday before I rush out the door to get to work. This summer they have also become my go to midday weekend snack.
Over the past two years of making green smoothies at home and trying different recipes I’ve learned that I love starting my day with greens. Let’s be honest if you start your day off healthy your more likely to keep it up throughout the day or if throughout the day you don’t make the best food choices you know at least you started your day off with a glass full of goodness. Also for any of you that suffer from digestive problems smoothies are great because they are so easy to digest making them yet again perfect for stating your day with.
Sometimes a smoothie is just not enough to keep you feeling full and satisfied until lunch. I know it’s happened to me where I start my day off with a green smoothie only to be super hungry in two hours, ready to eat anything and everything. I didn’t like always having to need a mid morning snack and I don’t like the chalkiness of protein powers. I wanted to find a different way to make my morning smoothie keep me full longer. I’ve been so happy with the below recipe, seriously I make this smoothies 9 times out of 10 for breakfast. I now make it all the way until lunch , give it a try, it’s totally a meal in a jar.
I’m sure when some of you look at the ingredients below you will think I’m crazy for putting all that in one smoothie. If you’re like me and you can’t stand protein powers but want to stay full, I’m sure you’ll like it. This recipe is a single serving but you can always share it ;)
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any plant based milk you’d like)
- 1 cup of frozen/fresh berries of your choice (I get the big bag of organic frozen berries from Costco. They are much more affordable then buying them fresh or in those small bags from the grocery store.)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup of rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of almond butter
- 2 small handfuls of greens (my go to is spinach)
- 1 handful of ice
- Add all above ingredients in order into high speed blender and blend until liquid! If you don’t have a high speed blender first add all liquid ingredients and greens and blend until liquid. Next add all other goodness and continue to blend (if you slice your banana before freezing it, it will work nicer with a regular blender).
- Pour into a jar and enjoy while staying full until lunch time!
Do you have any tricks you use for loading up your smoothies so they are a full meal replacement? I’d love to know.