Smoothies can be a quick and easy breakfast. I mean, what could be easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a blender and pressing a button? But for a lot of people, their idea of a smoothie is blending up a few servings of fruit (and maybe some veggies for the heck of it). This recipe is missing a critical ingredient for blood sugar control: a protein source. If you simply liquify a bunch of fruit, you are likely to see a large spike in your blood sugar shortly after consuming your smoothie.
However, this doesn’t mean that smoothies are off limits. You just need to add a protein source to balance out the sugar from the fruit. Some of my favorite protein sources to add to a smoothie are Greek yogurt, peanut butter, or a low-sugar protein powder. Try this smoothie recipe for a nutritious breakfast that provides a great balance between carbs and protein!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used Silk brand)
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter (for a low sugar option, try Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter or PB2)
- 1 small banana (or 1/2 of a large banana)
- 1/4 cup oats (quick or old fashioned will work)
- 1 serving of your favorite low-sugar protein powder (I used this one from Vega in Coconut Almond flavor)
- Throw all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. You may need to use a rubber spatula periodically to scrape the sides and stir if your blender is “vintage” like mine and doesn’t want to keep moving! You can also add more almond milk as needed.
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!