Refreshing Summertime Smoothie
I’m enjoying the arrival of summer by eating what’s in season and doesn’t require a stovetop or oven. Along the way I add protein, fiber and nutrients. The answer to breakfast or a snack has become a delicious smoothie. The possibilities are endless, but I use a basic template and customize based on availability or what I’d like to get into my diet that day.
The protein component offers many options to choose from…added nuts, seeds, protein powders, oats are all ways to increase your protein as well as fiber intake. Lately, I’ve been adding a couple of tablespoons of hemp protein or seeds in my smoothies. Hemp is a complete plant-based protein making it a great choice as a protein source. I also always keep a freezer bag of banana slices, frozen in a single layer, in my freezer.
For mornings when I want an extra zing I’ll add up to a teaspoon of matcha powder and a teaspoon of grated ginger. Matcha contains caffeine and theanine which are associated with energy, focus and weight loss. It is also rich in antioxidants and benefits heart health, cognition and liver function. Ginger is a marvelously healthy spice with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has positive effects on digestion, heart health, blood sugar, osteoporosis and may even aid in weight loss.
Recipe by: Danka
Ingredients (1 serving)
1 cup of blueberries or blackberries, fresh or frozen
1 banana, frozen
A few leaves of mint or basil
1 handful of dark, leafy greens (kale and spinach seem to break down the best)
1 -2 tablespoon nut or seed butter of choice
Splash of milk of choice adding more to thin if desired
*Optional: ½ - 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I like adding 2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest “Hemp Yeah” Max Fiber Hemp Protein).
*Optional: 1 tsp matcha powder
*Optional: 1 tsp grated ginger
Place all ingredients in a blender on high speed and blend until creamy and smooth.