A fiber and protein rich smoothie that is delicious, thick and creamy.
If you are a busy mom trying to find ways to fit in your nutrients without spending too much time in the kitchen, smoothies are a great option!
Smoothies are great for breakfast, snacks, and even as a pre- and post-exercise drink. They are packed with nutrients, and can easily be customized depending on your nutritional needs.
High Protein High Fiber Smoothie
When you are making a smoothie, it is important to make sure you are balancing the carbs with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. This combination of nutrients helps you feel full and energized for a long time, because it is digested slower than a plain fruit smoothie or a juice.
This is one of the biggest reasons why I prefer smoothies over juicing. Juice is digested quickly and, even though it provides a quick boost of energy, that energy does not last and makes you feel hungry soon after. This is because when you juice all of the fiber and sustenance is removed.
Smoothies are also a great way to help you reach your weight loss goals because they are filling and help you curb cravings and they are so easy to make!
One of the biggest reasons women have a hard time losing weight is because they are not eating enough food AND they are not eating enough of the nutrients that help support their weight loss in a way that is healthy and sustainable.
Therefore making smoothies a part of your lifestyle, especially if you feel like you do not have the time to focus on your weight loss goals, can be extremely helpful and helps keep you on track.
A few extra benefits:
They are an excellent way to sneak in some greens and a squeeze of lemon juice will help with digestion. Adding healthy fats from chia seeds and avocado will keep you full, your hormones balanced, and your skin glowing.
This smoothie can be considered a meal in a glass as it contains healthy fats, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates all in one.
- 2 cups liquid of choice (I prefer almond milk)
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 handfuls Spinach
- 2 mini cucumbers
- 1 cup berries
- 1 date
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- Squeeze of lemon
This smoothie provides 23 grams of fiber and 30 grams of protein per smoothie.
Simply add all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until thick and creamy.
You may add ice if you prefer your smoothies chilled.
Tips for making a high-fiber/ high-protein smoothie:
1. How to lessen sweetness:
- Don’t use dates
- Substitute the banana with a frozen zucchini
2. How to choose the right ingredients:
- Aim to choose between 1-2 high-fiber carb choices and try and limit the amount of fruit added (no more than 2)
3. How to substitute the ingredients:
- Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients with what you have on hand.
- You can use peanut butter instead of hemp seeds as a way to add healthy fats
4. How to prepare the ingredients ahead:
- Freeze bananas and keep frozen zucchinis on hand
5. How to add creaminess:
- Use ice
- Use frozen fruits and veggies to help add creaminess and thickness to your smoothie.
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