It is interesting what people can accomplish when they find a way to overcome a personal obstacle that is either a huge interruption in their daily lives or if it is a minor inconvenience. In the case of the smoothie, it was a byproduct of a man adapting to his acidity intolerance in South America during the 1920’s. Julius Freed would mix multiple ingredients that would cut the acidity of the oranges and create a frothy foam. It was so popular among his friends and relatives, he eventually founded the first smoothie company, Orange Julius. The complete history of the smoothie is quite and interesting one and the original article is listed in the source section below.
But I digress, today’s breakfast smoothie recipe is a high protein, low-calorie coffee and whey blend that can make warm spring mornings and hot summer afternoons feel like a treat without feeling deprived and it is a great way to have breakfast on the go without having to cook too far in advance. This recipe was originally authored by Lilly, the founder and main blogger of the website, listotic.com. Check out some of her other healthy recipes sometime. Until then, enjoy the
SERVINGS: About 2
- About 2 Cups of Ice
- 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1 Cup Cold Brewed Coffee (unsweetened)
- 1 Chopped Frozen Banana
- 1 Scoop of Protein Powder (Chocolate or Vanilla)
Combine all of the ingredients and blend them with your blender until there is a smooth consistency (It makes it less difficult on the machine and gives you more control of the overall consistency if you add the ice last). Feel free to add a little plain Greek yogurt or peanut butter if you think it is not rich enough.
- You can also puree this recipe (with an unfrozen banana), and pour it over ice. Keep in mind that this will lower the servings.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment and add some of your own favorite ingredients (unsweetened cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, flax meal, coconut milk, oatmeal, chia seeds, peanut butter, etc.)
- Be sure to use a protein powder that you love. If you find the protein powder taste to be a little overwhelming, try using just 1/2 a scoop, and add a little plain Greek yogurt.
- Use more or less banana depending on how sweet you would like your drink (the frozen banana also makes it a lot creamier– closer to a shake than a smoothie). When I really want to treat myself, I use 2 frozen bananas.
- Because this energy-boosting shake only has about 115 calories per serving, don’t be afraid to add a little plain Greek yogurt or peanut butter to the recipe if you want to drink it as a meal replacement.
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