Cake for breakfast? Almost. This recipe tastes exactly like carrot cake! Minus the flour and…
When I make a smoothie I find myself hauling out the Tupperware containers that hold my health-boosting ingredients, and scooping out a little from this one and a little from that one. The other day it occurred to me that it would be much more efficient to combine them all together into one powerful health-booster! That way, when I want to make a smoothie, I only need to take out ONE container and ONE scoop.
Admittedly this is pretty low on the genius scale of ideas, but it sure is a time saver!
The Basic Smoothie Booster Formula
I designed this recipe so you can mix and match your favourite ingredients for the different nutrient boosts we’re going for. All you need to remember is:
1 cup protein + 1/2 cup fibre + 1/2 cup omega 3
That’s the framework. Here’s what to actually buy at the store to get your protein, fibre, and omega 3.
Protein increases the fullness factor of a meal. It slows down the emptying of your stomach so you digest your food more slowly. When you eat enough protein, you won’t be hungry again for several hours!
Choose one of the following:
The value in parentheses shows you how many grams of protein each serving provides.
Fibre also increases the fullness factor of a meal, but it plays a much bigger role, just a little further down the digestive tract. Fibre makes its way to the colon, where it bulks up the stool, making bowel movements much easier and more frequent! Easier and more frequent stools = constipation prevention!
Choose one of the following:
The value in parentheses shows you how many grams of fibre each serving provides.
This type of fatty acid is essential for brain, eye, skin, and immune health. While fish contain the most potent type of omega 3, the type found in plants (alpha linolenic acid or ALA) has independently been shown to promote health.
The value in parentheses shows you how many grams of omega 3 each serving would provide.
The Finished Booster
Stir these three elements together in one container. When you make your smoothie, add 2 tbsp of the booster.
For example, in the jar pictured in this post, I used:
1 cup of whey protein isolate + 1/2 cup psyllium + 1/2 cup chia seeds
Note: some of these ingredients also give you benefits in other categories. Chia seeds are also a good source of fibre, and hemp hearts pack a surprising amount of protein. With this formula you know you’ve got the basic boosters covered: protein, fibre, and omega 3, and everything else is bonus.
Second note: not sure where to find some of these ingredients? Follow the links to find them on Amazon!
Smoothie Booster Recipe
- 1 cup protein choice (whey, soy, or skim milk power)
- 1/2 cup fibre choice (inuline or psyllium)
- 1/2 cup omega 3 choice (chia, hemp hearts, or ground flax seed)
- Choose your protein, fibre, and omega 3 ingredients.
- Stir together and store in a closed container in the fridge.
Smoothie Ideas to Use Your Smoothie Booster
Now, of course, you’ll need some smoothies to add this booster to! Here are some of my favourites:
- Blueberry Brain Food Smoothie
- The World’s Best Green Smoothie (this is not an exaggeration!)
- Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie
- Vanilla Chai Latte Smoothie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
- Peaches n Cream Protein Smoothie
- Carrot Cake Smoothie
- Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
- Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie
- Pina Colada Almond Smoothie
- Lettuce Smoothie
If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.
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