Smoothies are one of my favourite breakfast meals, and the only (filling and healthy) thing I’ll eat for breakfast as of lately. I love how quick they are to make, how they keep you full for longer than cereal, and how packed they are with vitamins and protein.
My blood pressure has really dropped during pregnancy so I’m trying to get more protein in my diet, which I truthfully suck at. The only way I can do it is by adding protein powder to my morning smoothies, which I’m actually really enjoying.
Keep in mind Adam and I share this recipe so don’t be too shocked by how much we put into it (although to be honest I could drink all of it now…I’d like to play the pregnancy card here). We also add a full scoop of protein powder (there are 17g of protein in one scoop of the brand we use) and 8 drops of vitamin D3 (which equals 4,000 IU, one persons daily recommendation). If I’m making this big recipe for myself, so I have some in the morning and some later on, I’ll do a full scoop still of protein powder but only 4 drops of vitamin D3 since my prenatals have some in them too.
B E R R Y P R O T E I N S M O O T H I E
1/2 c. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 c. strawberries, frozen
1 c. raspberries, frozen
1 scoop of Garden of Life Raw Protein in Vanilla Whisper flavour (it’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free, gmo free and organic)
8 drops of Innate Choice D-Sufficiency Vitamin D3 Drops
- Even though we have a Vitamix Professional Series 750 (which works like a boss, for real), I still add the liquids first to make for a quicker blend. Old habits I guess. Then I add the avocado, banana, frozen fruits, and yogurt. Blend until smooth.
- Once everything else is blended, I add the Protein Powder and Vitamin D3 Drops. This ensures that none of their nutrients are lost by the blending since I’m using a high powdered blender (if it gets warm you can lose nutritional value in these things, which is not likely since I’ve added frozen fruit but I like to make sure of it). Blend until just combined.
- Pour into your favourite cup and enjoy!
** We use our LOW Brewery Cups we bought this past summer because we love them so much!
I usually add spinach to this recipe as well, but since I still have an aversion to it currently (and salads in general) the thought of staring at it when I open my fridge is not a great one. But once that’s gone, I’m looking forward to adding it again since you can’t taste it in the smoothie at all yet you add even more nutritional value! Just be careful how long you blend the spinach for as well since it will lose nutrients if heated.