During the first week of the detox, we were only supposed to eat healthy smoothies or freshly-juiced fruits and vegetables for breakfast. I ended up continuing that habit into week two and will probably keep it up. I feel better starting the day off this way rather than having a breakfast bake or oatmeal. This isn’t to say I won’t ever have them for breakfast again (they’re too delicious not to make them!), but for right now smoothies and juicing are working for me.
One thing that is lacking in juicing is protein so I have been adding a scoop of protein powder to them as well. We have recently started using Sunwarrior Protein and enjoy it. They have come out with a new formula that combines pea, cranberry and hemp proteins, which I haven’t tried yet, but Elysia has and says it’s delicious. Other types of protein powder I have used include Arbonne Essentials Chocolate Protein, Nutribiotic Rice Protein, Trader Joe’s Soy Protein and Trader Joe’s Hemp Protein and Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer. Here’s what I think of them:
– Arbonne’s protein powder is delicious but has 9 grams of sugar and is a bit spendy for me, so I haven’t bought another container of it. I would probably get it again if I found a discount for it though ;).
– Nutribiotic is a bit chalkier than we prefer, but not horribly detectable in smoothies.
– Trader Joe’s Soy Protein Powder dissolves really well but also has a pretty strong flavor so if you want the other flavors in your smoothie to show through, I wouldn’t recommend it.
– Trader Joe’s Hemp Protein (and some other hemp proteins I have tried) is pretty ‘green’-tasting so I only add a little of it if I do.
– Vega is also sort of green-tasting but not too bad. It’s definitely unsweetened.
You can get single-serving packets of Nutribiotic, Vega and other powders at a lot of co-ops so it’s easy to try several to see which you prefer.
Another optional addition to the below smoothie is Spirulina Powder. It’s a good source of Iron, protein and has other nutritional benefits as well. You may want to start with a small amount and add up to a teaspoon into your smoothie as it has a pretty strong flavor.
Refreshingly Green Breakfast Smoothie
- 2 leaves Kale, stems removed
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 medium carrots
- 1.5 cups chopped Mango
- 1.5 cups chopped Pineapple
- 1 tsp. – 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger (to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax
- 1 tsp. Spirulina Powder, optional
- 1-2 scoops protein powder, optional
– Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
– Tip: if you do not have a high-powered blender, blending the kale with the water first sometimes helps to create a smoother texture.
Do you use protein powder? Which is your favorite?