1.16.2013

mixed berry protein smoothie

I've been making variations of this smoothie for quite some time, but I never really measured out ingredients or thought about how much protein it actually packs. Without counting the fruit, we're talking almost 15 grams of protein per serving! I was pretty impressed!


It's really delicious, and quite thick too. I prefer to use frozen fruit over fresh because it adds bulk and makes the smoothie super cold without having to add ice. Perfect for these hot January days. (Which P.S.- I am NOT happy about.)
Adding more fruit on the top is optional, but I use a few frozen berries to garnish and then I end up stirring them in. They slightly thaw as you're slurping this baby down, so once you reach them they are basically the perfect texture; still cold & slightly icy :))























I also like to sprinkle a bit of ground flaxseed on top, because, well, why not? It's a good source of omega 3's, packs some protein, and contains fiber. I'm obsessed with it! I add ground flaxseed to oatmeal, baked goods, smoothies, yogurt, granola, etc. For reference, I get the organic ground flaxseed by Bob's Red Mill :)

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Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving (~ 1 1/4 cup)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tbsp sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp organic ground flaxseed

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with frozen berries and a sprinkle of ground flaxseed.

Enjoy!





6 comments :

  1. This looks amazing!! You're photography skills are awesome too!

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  2. what could I use instead of the sunflower seed butter? thanks

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  3. OMG...made this today for breakfast! It's so yummy you forget it's healthy too =)

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    1. Thanks Renee! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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