Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
This simple Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie is quick and easy to whip up on a busy morning.
A combination of strawberries, blueberries and grapes with cinnamon and vanilla make for a tasty, healthy and satisfying breakfast, perfect for at home or on the go.
If you haven’t already figured out, I love smoothies! A simple smoothie is one of my favorite weekday breakfasts. If I’m not making a big breakfast for the family I prefer a smoothie or yogurt bowl in the mornings. And actually my kids do too!
I really got into smoothies about 5 years or so ago. I wanted to clean up my diet and start incorporating more fruits and vegetables. I watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and I was inspired to make homemade juices and smoothies. When I really thought about my diet I found that on an average day I didn’t eat as many vegetables and fruits as I thought I did. But if I started out my day with a juice or smoothie I was starting my day out with handfuls of greens, cups of fruit and/or veggies and often protein, seeds or nuts.
I’ve posted a few green smoothies already such as this Caribbean Coconut Green Smoothie and my Banana Orange Pear Green Smoothie. I make green smoothies most often because greens like spinach, wheatgrass and kale are excellent superfoods packed with vitamins and minerals.
However, I do like to mix things up. Having the same breakfast everyday would just get dull. So, I often make smoothies with unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut almond milk (my new favorite) or kefir and add berries and/or banana and protein powder.
This Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie is one of my new favorites. In the past, I primarily used vegan chocolate protein powder but a few months ago I decided to give vanilla a try. And I’m so glad I did! Vegan vanilla protein powder is a delicious addition to a berry or peach smoothie. Just add fruit, a splash of vanilla extract and cinnamon and you’ve got yourself and delicious and healthy breakfast.
I add cinnamon because it not only compliments the vanilla flavor but cinnamon has a lot of health benefits, including balancing out blood sugar levels. So, when I make a smoothie with fruit, cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar.
As a smoothie fan, over the years I’ve learned that the perfect smoothie needs to be tasty, healthy and keep you full. I basically add
- vegetables and/or fruit
- liquid such as nondairy milk, kefir, yogurt, coconut water or water
- protein powder and/or a combo or flaxseed meal, chia seeds, hemp seeds, collagen powder, nuts, etc.
- ice, if not using frozen fruit
Smoothies really allow you to get creative in the kitchen. And they’re a super easy meal or snack to make with your kids. What kid doesn’t love to use a blender?! And when you’re done they’ll enjoy their healthy, special treat that they helped make.
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