Mmmmm, Breakfast. 🙂
Makes me jump right out of bed…well at least most mornings.
I’m actually quite the morning bird and never, ever do I miss breakfast!
This smoothie is sure to get you excited to wake up, and is filled with the right nutrients to get your day started off on the right foot.
Plus it only takes minutes to make, and can be taken on the go.
I created this smoothie first off because I LOVE protein smoothies and this one uses no expensive powders.
Second, I was thinking about what I normally eat for breakfast. I most often have greek yogurt with fruit and nuts and/or chia seeds.
One of my favorite yogurt combinations is plain greek yogurt with honey, banana and almonds. Simple right? So I thought, why not make it into a smoothie. Voila!
This breakfast smoothie only has about 440 calories with about 20 grams of protein. It has a frozen banana, raw almonds, chia seeds, honey, greek yogurt, almond extract and almond milk. If you replace the almond milk for soy milk you can add more protein, however you will also have about 40 more calories.
Don’t let chia seeds scare you if you have never tried them before. Here is an interesting article I found on chia seeds:
Since this breakfast smoothie is packed with protein, it is sure to keep you full until lunch….believe me, it even keeps my 6 foot tall self full.
Here is the recipe. It is super easy as long as you have a decent blender!
Banana Almond Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 Frozen banana
- 1/2 C. Greek yogurt
- 1 C. Almond milk
- 2 Tbsp. Raw almonds
- 1 Tbsp. Chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
- 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
- 2-4 ice cubes for consistency
1. Take frozen banana from freezer let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully using a knife take off banana peel. Slice banana. Add bananas to blender first so they are the closest to the blade.
2. Add all of ingredients to blender. I usually blend on low speed at first and then on high at the end until it is blended well. Time depends on blender quality. When done pour into a glass and become addicted!
There are really SOOOO many different smoothie combinations out there!!
Some people may like this a little sweeter, just remember by adding more honey means more sugar and carbs. Sugar makes people gain weight.
My younger sister thought peanut butter would be good to add. By all means, change this recipe as you wish and adapt it to what you have on hand.
It is best to use ingredients in their rawest form. That is why I use plain greek yogurt, raw honey, raw almonds…etc. Vanilla greek yogurt for example already has added sugar, therefore more calories.
Roasted almonds lose nutrients when cooked.
Raw honey is unprocessed and contains no additives.
Sometimes I believe we focus too much on calories and not enough on the nutritional value and ingredients involved.