Green monster smoothies have been a staple in my daily breakfast for a very long time. Each morning I making a tall glass of green goodness and thoroughly enjoy every last sip. They are filling, extremely good for you, and the fact that my skin is noticeably clearer is a nice little bonus.
The basics are always the same: 1 cup of liquid, 1 banana and a hefty handful of spinach. Sometimes I add some seeds like flax or chia, and for the first four weeks I added 1/2 cup of another fruit too. Every combination was delicious.
Gradually, my type A smoothie personality has shifted to a type AB. I’m not quite willing to just throw whatever into my smoothie just yet like a full-fledged Type-B smoothie maker, but my creativity juices are flowing. Here are a few more tried and true combinations. Just add whichever combination that sounds best (or happens to be in the fridge) to the basic recipe.
- Raspberry (1/2 cup frozen or fresh)
- Watermelon (1 cup fresh)
- Pear (1 small)
- Peach Ginger (1 small peach & 1 Tbsp freshly chopped ginger)
- Apple Ginger (1/2 medium apple & 1 Tbsp freshly chopped ginger)
- Mango Ginger (1/2 fresh mango & 1 Tbsp freshly chopped ginger)
- Pear Ginger (1 small pear & 1 Tbsp freshly chopped ginger)
- Pineapple Ginger (1/2 cup fresh pineapple & 1 Tbsp freshly chopped ginger)
Let me tell you, the ginger was (and still is) AMAZING!
This process was working well until I started the P90X program. The meal plan associated with this intense workout regimen requires that up to 50% of my calories come from protein (depending on where you are in the program). Instead of following the program exactly as written (because I don’t know if I could even come CLOSE to reaching 140g of protein each day), I’m tweaking it to fit what I’m currently eating, my personal nutritional goals and my budget – starting with the green smoothies.
My basic recipe has 11.5 grams of protein. The typical protein shake has 20 grams or more, and the P90X diet calls for a scoop of protein powder (or the equivalent in a protein bar) at least twice each day.
Is it really necessary to add powder just to increase the level of protein?
Absolutely not! I spent six months trying new recipes, testing various foods that were naturally high in protein in combination with fresh, seasonal produce. I made protein shakes the old fashioned way – simply eating foods that contain more protein. I even took it one step further and made my own protein bars too, which came out so good, the kids think they’re dessert!
These recipes, plus the nutritional information and everything you need to know about making your own high protein smoothies and protein bars is in my eBook, “High Protein, No Powder.”
- You’ll learn the dangers of commercial protein powder. How they’re not only incredibly processed, but are filled with toxins, waste products and various heavy metals that can cause serious damage to the body.
- You’ll learn the true make-up of a protein smoothie, including the components that are necessary in order to make your own smoothie with confidence.
- You’ll learn which foods are naturally high in protein AND affordable, so you can start stocking your pantry with these foods and ditch the processed powder.
“High Protein, No Powder” is the only eBook of its kind, and it’s filled with 34 recipes that will help you reach your fitness and/or nutrition goals WITHOUT relying on protein powder. It is possible, and this book will show you how.
Read more about “High Protein, No Powder” HERE, and start fueling your body with REAL protein!