Recipe by

Stephanie Wharton
As the weather gets a bit warmer, one of the things many people will start to bring into their kitchens is smoothie making! Smoothies can be an awesome vehicle for nutrient dense foods that might be harder to eat on their own because you can blend and hide and highlight such diverse flavor profiles. So, in honor of that, I wanted to showcase some gorgeous green smoothies that can work as breakfast options. The amount of fat and protein (and fiber!) in each smoothie is listed out below the recipe.

Not only are these smoothies delicious, they are a break from a more traditional breakfast option that might be full of refined carbs. It’s very common to start your day off with a bagel, cereal, or toast, but oftentimes those breakfast choices - even though they may be comforting - are promoting blood sugar imbalances, which can leave you feeling hungry just a few hours later. So if you are dealing with sugary or salty cravings, energy dips around 11am or 3pm, irritability, mood swings, or just don’t feel your best, try changing what you’re eating for breakfast. Focus on adding more healthy fats and protein early on and it will make a difference in your entire day!

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

  • ¼ Avocado
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Tip: I prefer Vega Brand protein powder , but any would work. You can also add more avocado - I’ve used ½ an avocado, too, and the recipe still works great.
  • Nutritional facts: Calories 297, Protein 25g, Fat 19g, Fiber 7g

Tropical Smoothie

  • 1 cup Papaya (chopped)
  • 1 cup Pineapple (chopped)
  • 1 Cucumber (chopped)
  • 5 Ice Cubes
  • 4-5 Mint Leaves
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 2 tbsps Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup Water
  • Tip: I prefer using whole chia seeds, but if the texture bothers you, grind the seeds in a coffee grinder first before adding to your blender.
  • Nutritional Facts: Calories 162, Protein 4g, Fat 5g, Fiber 7g

Green Kiwi Smoothie

  • 2 Kiwi (small, peeled)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsps Chia Seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 2 cups Water
  • 4 Ice Cubes
  • Tip: See the note above about chia seeds. Also, if you’d like to make this lower glycemic to help with blood sugar control, the banana can be substituted for ¼ cup frozen cauliflower. You cannot taste the cauliflower, but it gives it the same creamy texture as the banana. Note that would change the nutritional content.
  • Nutrition Facts: Calories 249, Protein 23g, Fat 5g, Fiber 8g
To make any of these smoothies, place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Stephanie Wharton is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and part of the Lending Hearts Up Street team. You can learn more about her at www.thewellsideoflife.com