I make the following smoothie on a regular basis as it provides me with a good source of protein, energy, potassium and vitamin A. For this specific smoothie you will need a blender and protein powder. I like using whey protein isolate because I exercise regularly and I think it’s a good way of getting a lean source of protein into your body very quickly before/after a workout. It’s also great if you don’t always get enough protein from your daily food intake alone. Not to mention that chocolate, peanut butter and bananas make for an amazing flavour combination…
A few things you’ll want to be careful about is the amount of sugar, fat and cholesterol in your protein powder – the lower the better. The brand of protein powder I personally use is VPX Zero Carb SRO (Serious Chocolate flavour, no brainer there). Each scoop provides me with 20 grams of protein, zero grams of carbs (which more importantly means no added sugars), < 1gram of fat and no cholesterol.
Ok, enough talk – here’s the recipe!
Total time: < 5 minutes
For one glass:
- 1/2 to 1 banana (depending on your preferred thickness)
- 1 cup of milk (you can substitute with almond milk/soy milk/water)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (the flavour I use is chocolate)
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
- some ice cubes (again, the amount you add will dictate how thick the smoothie is)
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Depending on your preferred consistency you can either blend in the ice with the rest of the smoothie, or put the cubes in whole at the end.
- If you struggle to make yourself breakfast in the mornings, make this instead. It takes no time at all, will provide your body with the nutrients it needs after fasting and will keep you full for a good few hours!
- Drink this soon after making it, otherwise the ingredients tend to separate and the smoothie becomes watery from the ice cubes.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think.