Smoothies are a popular grab-and-go option for those on the run. Since there are a million different smoothie options out there, here are a couple of tips for getting the most from your morning shake.
* Skip the added sugar! This includes honey, maple syrup, and fruit juice. A high carbohydrate smoothie will only make you hungry later and add unnecessary calories. Add flavor in other ways with spices, fresh ginger, herbs, or unsweetened coconut.
* Add protein! Protein promotes satiety and slows down the digestion process, allowing your smoothie to fuel your morning well. Protein options include nuts, seeds, nut butters, yogurt, or protein powders.
* Add veggies! Use this opportunity to add non-starchy vegetables to your breakfast! Spinach and kale blend surprisingly well with minimal flavor adjustment to your smoothie.
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 ice cubes
Blend really well until smooth. Makes 1 serving.
Nutritional Analysis: 230 calories; 23g carbohydrate; 7g protein; 6g fiber
Try this recipe for a satisfying high-protein plant-based snack! The spice blends you can choose from are endless- Cajun, Indian, chili powder, cumin...
One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
Spice blend of your choice (I used Garam Masala)
Preheat oven to 400F. Drain the can of garbanzo beans in a strainer and rinse with water. Place garbanzo beans on cookie sheet and dry off with a paper towel. Drizzle olive oil and toss beans to coat. Roast for 30-40 minutes until the beans are a deep golden brown and crunchy. Season with sea salt and spice blend.
Tip: Make this ahead of time for your work week! Pre-portion into snack bags for a portable snack.