I’ve got a new standby in my green smoothie rotation. It’s filling enough that I don’t get hungry before lunch, and it’s lower in sugar than my typical banana-based smoothie. I’ve been experimenting with adding more protein and healthy fats while decreasing the sugar, and this ratio seems to be the sweet spot for me.
I start with a base of chia seeds soaked in water for less than five minutes (or the time it takes to throw the other ingredients in the blender and blend).
I add my typical green veggies and almond milk, and I’ve started throwing in a couple other key supplements:
(1) Maca. I’m experimenting with maca in the morning and at night right now to see if it has any effect on my energy levels. It’s also supposed to help with hormone balance.
(2) Cacao. Partially for the (tiny bit of) antioxidants. Mostly because I like chocolate.
(3) MediClear. This is a vegetarian protein powder made from pea and rice protein that my naturopath recommended. I’m not in love with it, but the big benefit for me is that it’s got some anti-inflammatory flavanoids (like quercetin) and cardiovascular-supporting amino acids (like taurine and glutamine). It’s also loaded with B vitamins, which I need as someone who doesn’t eat much meat. Like I said, I’m not married to this protein powder, and I’ve found it causes rapid weight gain when I pair two scoops with a high-carb fruit (duh, since I’m not body building or long-distance training), but when I keep it to one scoop it seems to have a fantastic anti-inflammatory effect on my IT band. I’m sticking with it for now, but this smoothie would also be great with some Amazing Meal or just a tablespoon of almond butter for extra staying power.
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds, soaked in 2 Tablespoons of water
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop MediClear (or 1 Tablespoon almond butter)
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 Tablespoon cacao
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/3 large cucumber, peel and all
- 3 large leaves romaine
- handful of ice
While the chia seeds are soaking in the bottom of your jar, blend all the other ingredients. Add water if needed. Pour into your jar, stir in the chia seeds, and sip away!
Nutritional profile: 285 calories, 25.5 g carbohydrate, 22 g protein, 8.5 g fat, 8 g sugar.