It's time for me to share another one of my all time favourite smoothie recipes. My Banana and Blueberry Smoothie... with 1 additional secret fruit!
All of the Simple Green Soul Smoothies focus on achieving a minimum of 30 grams of protein per serve and maximising health benefits by choosing nutrient dense ingredients. Each ingredient is carefully curated to provide you with essential micro and macro nutrients, whilst ensuring amazing flavoursome combinations. Each smoothie is low calorie, high protein, and super delicious!
This Banana and Blueberry Smoothie is one of the latest to be added to the list and it comes with an added "secret" fruit. This secret fruit is a nutrient powerhouse that is low calorie, high fibre, and adds an extra zesty sweetness. The secret addition is the humble kiwi fruit!
Banana and Blueberry Smoothie.. and Kiwi!
There are two reasons why I love adding kiwi fruit to this smoothie. The first reason being that the addition of the kiwi fruit adds an extra zesty kick, and is a great natural sweetener!
The second reason is that it is incredibly high in vitamin C and has a relatively low sugar content. 1 serving of kiwi fruit contains less than 6g grams of sugar and provides you with 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Pretty amazing!
Banana and Blueberry Smoothie (All Ingredients)
This smoothie of course has bananas and blueberries! Bananas are high in potassium, great for digestion and are one of the best fruit sources for vitamin B6. Blueberries are well known to be the king of antioxidants, meaning they can neutralise some of the free radicals that damage your DNA. Oxidative damage is unavoidable in life, making blueberries an excellent daily habit in your routine.
Healthy Fats & Proteins
As you know by now, all of the Simple Green Soul Smoothies focus heavily on ensuring that all macronutrients are covered, with a minimum of 30 grams of protein, as well as essential omega-3 fats. This is achieved with the inclusion of the following ingredients:
- Chia Seeds
- 1 scoop of unflavoured pea protein (or any other high quality vegan protein)
If you are not a particularly active person, then you may forgo the protein powder. However, if you do engage in high intensity exercises regularly (weight training, running, cycling etc), then 1 scoop of a high quality vegan protein a day is something you may wish to try.
If you really prefer to not use protein powder, then you may wish to add an additional tablespoon of chia or flaxseeds instead.
If you are a very active person, and 440 calories is not enough for you in the morning, then a great option is to add ½ a cup of rolled oats. I always do this when making a smoothie for Matt (who is much larger than me), or if I have just done an intense cardio session like running or cycling.
Dark Leafy Greens
I always sneak in some DLGs into my smoothies. You can't taste it at all, and its a great way to trick yourself into eating more greens! One rule I always have, is to make sure I only add an amount that I can't taste. Enjoying your morning breaky and appreciating the delicious sweetness is an absolute must for me. Never make your smoothie so healthy that you don't enjoy the flavour anymore. Food is a nourishing gift that is meant to be enjoyed!
Blueberry and Banana Smoothie
- 1 small frozen banana
- ½ frozen kiwi fruit
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen kale or spinach
- 1-1½ cups of unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1 scoop of pea protein 25grams per scoop
- Freeze all of your fruit (banana, blueberries & kiwi fruit). Make sure to peel the bananas before freezing, and to remove the kiwi skins and slice into pieces
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth
- Top with blueberries and chia seeds if desired
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