Strawberry Colada Protein Smoothie

2018 has been off to a pretty strong start.  I’ve gotten to spend some fantastic quality time with family and friends before going back to reality.  (Though my reality is living in London so how bad can it be?)  I bought an amazing new pair of leather boots, visited some great art exhibits, and of course ate lots and lots of food all while trying to write three papers.  (Still have a paper and a half to write.)  Since I’ve been home I feel like I’ve constantly been eating out and having lots of sweets, as I’m sure many of you have during the holidays.  This has left me feeling sluggish, and unmotivated to be active and do some of the things I enjoy.

To help me snap out of this holiday haze, I’ve been trying to create energizing breakfasts that really give me a good foundation!  This smoothie has tons of energy, antioxidants, and nutrients to kick start a productive day!  There are absolutely no added sugars, all the sweetness comes from the fruit, and it’s vegan and gluten free*!

I seriously cannot get enough of this goodness.  I’ve been having it for breakfast nearly every morning with no regrets.  The high fiber and protein content keep me full until lunch time, and I don’t feel icky or crash due to dropping blood sugar levels.  Plus it’s absolutely delicious.  The unsweetened coconut really puts it over the edge.  I understand that some people have a (strange) aversion to coconut, but if you’re cool with the coco please please please don’t leave it out!

Chia seeds are a super food containing amazing nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and calcium.  Plus, these little babes are unprocessed and can be digested by the body in whole form. (Unlike flax-not that we don’t love flax too!) The antioxidant power of these seeds means healthy skin, the high fiber content helps your gut, and the anti inflammatory characteristics help heart health!  Do you need more reasons to eat them?  Seriously, I can keep going.

This can even double as a snack or a sweet treat.  Just try the smoothie, you won’t regret it.

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1 fresh or frozen pineapple ring
5 hulled strawberries
1/2 C unsweetened coconut milk*
1 tablespoon vegan protein powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp chia seeds

Directions
In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

If you desire a thinner or thicker smoothie, adjust the amount of milk.

*Be sure to read labels to make sure products are certified gluten free and vegan
*Coconut milk should be from a carton, not a can

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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