Ever since I’ve started the blog, the first thing my family and friends ask me is whether I eat all the dessert on my own. Even though I love what I make, the health nut in me makes sure that I stop short after a taste or a small piece. Needless to say, my neighbor and their kids are the happiest and definitely on a constant sugar high. I try to keep to a healthy diet most of the time (even though I am no stranger to daily sugar cravings!) Its important to me to start my day off with a nutritious and protein rich breakfast. My go-to breakfast these days has been a rotation of these smoothies or a yogurt-granola bowl. They keep me full and I know it has the right amount of protein to see me through my day’s to-do list and my scheduled workouts.
So what makes this smoothie so good for you? For one, its refined sugar-free. So, it is only sweetened by the sugars in the fruits that go into the smoothie. You can use my choice of milk. I use low-fat milk, but if you prefer almond milk, go right ahead with that. Greek yogurt is great in smoothie because it is high in protein and has a creamier texture, which makes for a very luxurious smoothie! Lastly, protein powder! Now, its not a necessity to add protein powder, but if you have some at home, its a great source of extra protein. (If you’re anything like me, I don’t really hit the right amount of protein in my daily diet, so this is a great way to top up that protein intake!)
I used frozen berries, but you could substitute with any other fruit of your choice. Frozen bananas, peaches and mangoes would be great options! For some tang, some kiwi or even cherries would be great too! The options are endless!
To make it a more filling smoothie, I spooned some muesli over the top. It thickened the smoothie just enough that I could spoon it out. if you have granola on hand, that would be great too! The extra fiber is always welcome!
The versatility of this smoothie is something I love. That’s probably why it’s such a staple in my kitchen! You could totally add a cup of your favorite greens to this recipe as well for some extra iron and nutritious deliciousness! Try it! Let me know how it goes? What are your breakfast staples? Let me know in the comments below!
Berry Breakfast Protein Smoothie
Yield: Serves 2
1/2 cup frozen or regular berries*
1/2 cup of low fat milk (you could use regular milk/ almond milk if you prefer)
1/4 cup water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons muesli or granola of choice (optional)
Put all of the ingredients into the blender, in the order listed apart from the muesli, and blend on high until thick and smooth. You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. Spoon over the muesli or granola if desired. Enjoy!
*I used a frozen mixed berries. Feel free to only add one type of berry: raspberry, strawberry, blackberries, blueberries etc.