Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Gut-Healing Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Adapted from The Gut Balance Revolution
Tender and nutrient dense, spinach is a mild-tasting green to sneak into your breakfast foods. Blueberries and sweet-tasting stevia will mask any slight veggie taste, making it a good option to share with family members who don't always eat their veggies. (As you start building a healthier gut, as outlined in The Gut Balance Revolution, you can replace the coconut milk with 2 percent plain kefir or yogurt.) Or for a flavor swap, use a half teaspoon almond extract in place of the cinnamon.
1 cup leftover brewed green tea (cold)
1 cup plain, unsweetened coconut milk
2⁄3 cup plain or vanilla whey protein powder
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup raw baby spinach
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds or chia seeds (or chia-flax flour)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons stevia powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 ice cubes
In a blender, place the tea, coconut milk, protein powder, blueberries, spinach, ground seeds, oil, stevia, cinnamon, and ice. Process until smooth. Divide evenly into 2 glasses and serve immediately.
Makes 2 servings
Nutrition Per Serving (2½ cups): 261 calories, 20 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams total fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 6 grams fiber, 115 milligrams sodium.