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This Energizing Morning Smoothie With Banana, Berries, Matcha, and Protein Powder Will Keep You Going Until Lunch!
The last thing anyone wants to do after climbing out of bed in the morning is cook. But at the same time, you obviously want to be satisfied and not have to worry about food when you’re starting your day. What’s the solution? Cramming some delicious and nutritious stuff into your blender and hitting “liquify” for a few seconds to create breakfast-in-a-cup that you can slurp down with a straw as you walk around the house and do everything else you need to do. This energizing morning smoothie is great on its own, but if you don’t think you can survive on liquids only, you can always pair it with toast or an English muffin for something more substantial.
Bananas go from not ripe enough to too ripe fairly quickly if you don’t fly through them in your house. To save them (and to ensure you have another excellent smoothie staple on hand) peel them, chop them in half, stick them in a sandwich baggie, and freeze them. Then, when you’re ready to make one of these smoothies you can just grab one half and toss it in the blender. Banana is great to use if you’re looking for something that’s going to curb your appetite for a while! Use between 1/2- a whole banana, depending on how much other fruit you choose to toss in.
Silk’s unsweetened Coconut Milk not only tastes amazing, but it’s incredibly good for you! However, you don’t have to use coconut milk if you would prefer the taste of almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk instead (which I believe Silk also carries.) But you do need to use at least a cup of some type of liquid to blend everything together properly.
I used to think Greek vanilla yogurt was the single best staple ingredient for any and all smoothies. That is, until I learned about the horrors of dairy farming. Yikes. Now, I opt for vegan versions of everything, purely for ethical reasons, though there are some seriously tasty dairy-free alternatives, like Silk and So Delicious. Starting with a base of vegan yogurt gives your smoothie a great texture and extra protein, but you can leave it out altogether if you prefer.
Berries (Fresh or Frozen)
Banana is a great base, but mix and match any combination of fruits that you’ve got. You can purchase a bag of frozen mixed berries from the grocery store that is packaged with smoothies in mind. Or, if you buy fresh produce, you can bag and freeze as your fruit starts to turn. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries all work very well, but you can toss in a handful of any fruit you like!
This is another crucial ingredient to making the perfect energizing morning smoothie – protein powder. Vanilla blends easily with other flavors, but you can try chocolate if you prefer. Just make sure whatever you get will blend nicely with the other ingredients that you plan to use. I use plant-based powders, which you can find plenty of on Amazon, like this one that’s packed full of protein and keto-friendly and gluten-free. Use the amount that’s recommended for your particular brand.
Whether or not you’re a coffee drinker, who couldn’t use an extra boost of caffeine in the a.m? Just one gram of matcha powder makes a brilliant addition to this energizing morning smoothie recipe!
Give or Take
Again, feel free to switch up the ingredients in your energizing morning smoothie as you see fit, like different fruits and veggies (frozen avocado, anyone?) Avocado is something else that turns from ripe to yikes in a pretty short period of time, so freezing it’s a great way to save it and have another awesome addition to your smoothies on hand. It doesn’t have much of a taste when you blend it with multiple other flavors, but it’s packed with nutrients and it’s got a creamy texture that works well in a drinkable breakfast!