I know June 21st officially marked the start of summer, but so does my recent choice of breakfast: Green Smoothies. As much as I love eating spinach, I’ve always been on the fence about adding it to my smoothies- a veggie smoothie first thing in the morning hardly screams delicious.
Guys, don’t let the green color fool you like it did me! The added spinach makes absolutely no difference to the taste, yet boosts the smoothie’s overall nutrition like crazy! From folate to fiber, iron, vitamin A and various other nutrients green smoothies are a nutritional powerhouse. Here’s my current go-to combination:
Green Berry Smoothie
What You’ll Need
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- ½ – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup berries
- 1 heaped tablespoon ground flaxseeds
- 1-2 handfuls of spinach
Add all ingredients to a blender & whizz until smooth.
For more smoothie ideas, you can check out the post I wrote last summer.
Overall I prefer to meet my nutritional needs through whole, REAL foods, but sometimes convenience wins. Without dairy in my diet, protein powder is ideal for those mornings when I need a quick boost. As a big Sunwarrior fan, I recently picked up a bag of their new-to-me variety: Sunwarrior Warrior Blend. Unlike their classic powder which is made from brown rice protein, Warrior Blend consists of hemp, cranberry & pea protein. Of all the protein powders I’ve come across, Sunwarrior seems to have the cleanest ingredient list i.e. no chemicals or funky sweeteners. For those of you with intolerances, Sunwarrior is organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, hypoallergenic and non-GMO. I’m really enjoying the vanilla flavor but if anyone has tasted (and recommends) chocolate, let me know!
On a separate note, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the Whole Foods’ product policy. After mentioning my skepticism about trying Warrior Blend (and potentially being lumped with a poor-tasting bag of protein powder), the shop assistant informed me that I could simply return it. Out of curiosity, I came home & checked on the Whole Foods site & sure enough:
If you are unsatisfied with a Private Label product due to unusual taste or consistency, please return it to your local Whole Foods Market for a full refund or exchange.
As if I couldn’t love Whole Foods any more than I already did!
What’s your favorite smoothie combination?
Do you use protein powder in your diet? If so, how?