At my school, The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, smoothie breakfasts are very vogue. I personally haven’t fallen to the tradition, preferring to start my day with something more substantial and warm, like steel cut oats. However, after the 2012 Supplier Show at our school, I ended up with a few single-portion packets of protein powder. So, for one week, I decided to give smoothie breakfasts a try.
Here is a winning recipe I came up with:
Black and Green Chocolate Banana Smoothie
– 1 packet of chocolate protein powder by Cytomatrix (this is the product I happened to have a sample of, but you can choose your brand of preference)
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/2 cup of blackberries
– 1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
– 1/2 cup of water
– 1 tbsp of chlorophyll (can be replaced with 1/2 cup of raw spinach, kale leaves or any other green of choice)
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and enjoy!
The smoothie came out thick, dark and delicious! I usually have breakfast around 6:30am in order to begin my morning commute to CCNM. As a result, I end up feeling hungry around 10am, even with a substantial breakfast of steel cut oatmeal. However, this smoothie got me through my morning acupuncture and pharmacology classes without so much as a hunger pang. It’s also a fast, easy and delicious way to increase fruit and vegetable intake in the morning.
After this week-long experiment I’ll definitely be making more protein and antioxidant-rich smoothies to get me through my mornings!