A Gut-Healing Blueberry Protein Smoothie

A digestion expert shares one of his favorite power smoothie recipes.

June 15, 2017
Blueberry Protein Smoothie
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Tender and nutrient dense, spinach is a mild-tasting green to sneak into your breakfast foods. Blueberries and sweet-tasting stevia will mask any slight veggie taste, making it a good option to share with family members who don't always eat their veggies. (As you start building a healthier gut, as outlined in The Gut Balance Revolution, you can replace the coconut milk with 2 percent plain kefir or yogurt.) Or for a flavor swap, use a half teaspoon almond extract in place of the cinnamon.

Blueberry Protein Smoothie
(Makes 2 servings)
Nutrition Per Serving (2½ cups): 261 calories, 20 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams total fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 6 grams fiber, 115 milligrams sodium.

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Ingredients:

Directions:
In a blender, place the tea, coconut milk, protein powder, blueberries, spinach, ground seeds, oil, stevia, cinnamon, and ice. Process until smooth. Divide evenly into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Healthy Kitchen Tips

• Shop for coconut milk in the dairy aisle—it's much lower in fat than canned coconut milk and a perfect sub for all your favorite breakfast recipes.

• Make your own "power powder" by grinding ½ cup flaxseeds with ½ cup chia seeds. Always purchase ground flaxseeds or grind the whole seeds yourself
in a coffee grinder. Store flaxseeds in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

Adapted from The Gut Balance Revolution