Banana-Berry Protein & Fiber Smoothie
Don't expect it to taste like Jamba Juice! Their crap is full of sugar and calories. This is a great way to start the day with 2 or 3 of your fruit and veggie servings.
I make a variety of smoothies using these three basic ingredients: Vanilla flavored Nitro-Peak Whey Protein Powder, ground flax seed, and Kirkland (or Metamucil) psyllium husk fiber (smooth texture, sugar-free, orange flavored).
The Nitro-Peak has different types of whey proteins which are most absorbable and metabolize over an extended period of time -- and it tastes as good as this sort of thing can. I get it at www.vitaminshoppe.com in the biggest size. I use a full or half scoop depending how much protein I plan to eat the rest of the day.
I eat a healthy diet and it's still hard to ensure getting enough fiber, so I take some every day in the form of psyllium husk -- I also need to because of the effect my daily iron pills have on me.
The flax is full of Omega 3's and fiber -- you must eat it ground to get the benefits; whole seed will pass right through you.
My regular smoothies have the following in addition the the smoothie base of protein-fiber-flax-ice-water:
* 1 carrot, 1 serving frozen berries, & 1/2 cup kefir
* 1 sm zucchini, 1 carrot, half an apple
* 2 cups beet greens (when I get a bunch of fresh beets), 1 carrot, 60 g banana
I use plain lowfat Kefir (Lifeway is the tastiest, but Trader Joe's is cheaper, and since I usually mix it with stuff it doesn't matter). Kefir, a drinkable sort of yogurt, has more probiotics and less crap than most yogurts. Don't use flavored yogurts unless you want to add sugar calories. And sugar-free yogurts have preservatives, gelatins, and fake sweeteners -- and come in little plastic containers that most municipalities don't recycle. Kefir comes in #2 plastic. Submitted by: DIET-DELIGHT
CALORIES: 288.5 |
FAT: 4.3g |
PROTEIN: 18.5g |
CARBS: 47.3g |