I don’t know about you, but I am not someone who can just skip a meal here and there. My husband comes home now and again and complains that he is starving because he forgot to eat lunch. What?! I don’t forget to eat. It’s honestly not very pretty if I miss a meal.
Breakfast happens to be my favorite meal of the day. I can eat breakfast food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I absolutely love it. Ever since I had my daughter though, my breakfast has really become a grab-and-go event. It often involves me grabbing whatever is easiest to eat on my feet, while attending to my toddler, that won’t make a mess. What that means, is that it is usually something packaged, processed, not healthy or filling. So, I end up starving way before lunch.
One of my goals after the new year was to eat healthier, and a big part of that goal was breakfast. I wanted to stop grabbing junk for breakfast and start having something that was nutritious and would sustain me throughout the morning. So, I started making this chocolate berry protein smoothie (with vegan protein), and it’s been amazing. I love the taste; it’s easy to whip up; it’s still portable without making a mess; and it’s so much more filling than the garbage I had been eating.
I discovered this protein powder last year, after a friend introduced me to it, and it’s the best protein powder I’ve ever had. Not only does it taste great, but it is vegan and certified gluten-free. This makes it easier to digest than soy or whey based powders. It also delivers a 100% amino acid score, plus more than 20 essential vitamins and minerals. Finally, it is clinically tested and certified to have a low-glycemic index, which means it has little effect on your blood sugar levels and won’t cause a blood sugar spike. Pretty amazing, right?
Without further ado, here’s the recipe.
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- 1/2 c. almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla)
- 1/2 carton greek yogurt (or dairy-free for a true vegan smoothie)
- 1 scoop Arbonne chocolate protein powder
- 1 handful spinach
- 3/4 - 1 c. mixed frozen berries
- Put all ingredients into a mixer, in the order listed above (liquid first), and blend until smooth.
- Depending on how much fruit you add (and if it's frozen), you may need to manipulate this smoothie a bit while blending
- You can always add more liquid for a thinner consistency.
- I only add one scoop of protein powder, which is technically half a serving. Feel free to add 2 scoops to get the full 20 grams.
Let me know what you think!