Soooooo many of my clients drink smoothies for breakfast, but they’re doing it wrong. If you’re only adding almond milk, kale and a bunch of fruit it’s really just a cup o’ carbs. Even if you throw a scoop of protein powder in the blender, it’s still not balanced, especially if this is going to be your entire meal. My suggestion: take a few of those fruits out and add some fat.
Rule of thumb:
1 fruit = 1 fat
2 fruits = 2 fat or 1 fat, 1 protein
Here’s an example of the “perfect” breakfast smoothie IMO: kale, 1 banana and some blueberries, 1/2 avocado, 1 scoop protein powder. You’ve got some carbs (fruit), fat (avocado) and protein (powder) to balance out your macros and actually feel satisfied and full through the morning.
My favorite smoothie ingredients:
FATS: Avocado (duh), raw almonds (they give it a nutty crunch- delish!), coconut shavings (unsweetened), almond butter, chia seeds
PROTEIN: Tera’s grass-fed whey, Primal Kitchen Whey, collagen powder
FRUIT: Berries, bananas, pineapple (always frozen- you’ll need less ice that way and it makes for a thicker/creamier smoothie)
EXTRA: I love adding some unsweetened baking cocoa to a frozen banana smoothie or a little bit of cold brew for the coffee flavor — and the caffeine 🙂
P.S. Here are a few shots of me and my Paleo Barbie drinking our collagen- and avocado-infused smoothies!