In my goal to make the first meal of my day less carb-centric, I've officially reached my limit on eggs. Serious fatigue has set in over having another frittata, scramble, or omelet. While smoothies are a no-brainer alternative to eggs, it's pretty easy to blend up a 600-calorie breakfast all in the name of health.
Thankfully Natalie Carey, certified trainer and sports nutritionist at DIAKADI Fitness, was ready to share her recipe for a protein-packed green smoothie with me. Creamy and delicious like a milkshake, it's the perfect balance of everything you need for a happy morning: heart-healthy fats, energizing protein, brain-boosting carbs, and fiber, a dependable friend to digestion. With a macro split of 30 percent fat, 35 percent carbohydrates, and 35 percent protein, it's also a ratio that many nutritionists suggest to their clients looking to lose weight.
What Carey especially loves about the recipe is how easy it is to build on. If you're endurance training or spending some serious time strength training at the gym, you can easily up the carbs and electrolytes by adding in half of a banana. Looking to lighten it up a bit? Swap the apple out for a handful of antioxidant berries, she told POPSUGAR.
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- 2 cups kale
- 1/2 apple
- 1/4 avocado
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
- Drinks, Smoothies
- 1 serving
- Cook Time
- 5 minutes
- Calories per serving