Best Recipe: Doctor’s Orders Protein Smoothie

Cook’s notes: A doctor I saw recently recommended having a high-protein breakfast within one hour of waking up. His recommendation was to make a breakfast bowl with 1 cup of fat-free Greek yogurt that has at least 23 g protein, 1 Tablespoon olive oil or avocado pieces (for beneficial fats), 1 cup of berries or other fruit (apple pieces or grapes), half a banana, and a sprinkle of nuts.

I turned his yogurt bowl into this delicious smoothie, which has an estimated 8 g of fiber and 27 g protein. I added the spinach for fiber and cinnamon powder, which is supposed to help with blood sugar. It does not need any added sugar, and the color is a beautiful shade of lavender. The almond milk helps it blend smoothly.

This appealing smoothie is a designated Best Recipe on my blog. I would truly be happy having this every day and just changing out the fruit for variety.

See Smoothie Basics for details on ingredients / methods.

Makes about 20 oz.

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt (such as Voskos nonfat plain brand, which has 24 g protein in 1 cup)
1 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar
30 g baby spinach or other greens (about 1 cup)
1/2 banana, peeled and sliced
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon nut butter (cashew, almond, sunflower seed, or peanut butter)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Add all ingredients to blender; put the lid on and puree until smooth.

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