Blueberry Almond Green Smoothie

Blueberry Almond Green Smoothie

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Blueberry Almond Smoothie

During the holidays, I met lots of new faces.  I’m now introduced by name and “she blogs about food and health”.  It’s pretty awesome to have this attached to my name!  The first question I get when someone finds out I’m vegetarian is, “how do you get protein and calcium?”.  Actually, I’m mostly vegan – with the exception of raw honey and occasional Greek yogurt, but when people look at me puzzled by the word vegetarian I usually just leave it at that.  I was never a big meat eater, so giving up meat was easy for me.  It’s been over four years since I started cutting out meat and dairy, but it’s only been in the last year that I’ve made the switch completely.  If you haven’t seen Food, Inc or Forks Over Knives yet, I highly recommend these documentaries.  They heavily influenced the changes in my diet and made the switch easy.

It’s quite simple to get both calcium and protein when you follow a vegetarian / vegan diet.  I don’t mean through protein powders and supplements, but through real food.  After making this smoothie for breakfast a few days ago, I looked through old post to see if I ever posted it.  I guess I’m always so focused on coming up with something new that I forget to post some of my staple smoothies!  This is my favorite breakfast on the run or snack time smoothie.  A few ingredients, filling, lots of nutrition, and made quick!  This smoothie has 12 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber, 60% calcium, and more than 100% vitamin A, C, and K.

Between recovering from the holidays, having guest and family in town, kids out of school, adapting to life with a puppy, marathon training in full gear, and lots of time in the yoga studio, I’ve been one busy mama!  Not to mention, we are still waiting on pins and needles for my sister-in-law to go into labor.  She is now passed her due date, so hopefully we are not waiting much longer to meet the newest addition!  Breakfast has been on the run almost every day this week, so my blender is getting its workout since smoothies are my favorite go-to quick breakfast.

Cheers!

Blueberry Almond Green Smoothie
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Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 2 mins
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup greens (spinach or kale)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Start on low speed, slowly increasing to high
  3. Blend until smooth.
Notes

I do not add any sweetener or extract to this but if needed you could add one (or more) of the following:
1/2 banana
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
a date
a couple drops of liquid stevia.

 

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Donna January 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

This sounds fab!

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Andrea January 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I watched Forks Over Knives in early November and have been trying to eat a whole food, plant based diet ever since. Your website has given me tons of ideas. Thanks!!

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greenplaterule January 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thank you, Andrea! Have a great day. :)

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Elizabeth January 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

My daughter has a blueberry smoothie nearly every morning, so I’ve been sneaking spinach in to it lately. She doesn’t even notice it’s there :) Tomorrow morning I’m going to make this one for her, I’m constantly looking for ways to get more than just PBJs into her diet.

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Brittany January 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

OMG, this looks soooooo, so good! I can’t wait to make this! My goal is to be drinking more smoothies for breakfast, so reading ideas is great.

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Carey January 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Tastes almost like a PB & J sandwich! Thanks for the recipe!

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Jennifer January 6, 2013 at 3:01 am

Yumm! Thank you – just found your amazing blog – love it! Can’t wait to this smoothie with my boys :)

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Kitty K. January 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

Made this yesterday & making it again this morning. DELICIOUS!!! This is a keeper.

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Amy January 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I have to agree with you, we watched Food Inc and it was a real eye opener! I’m SO glad we grow most of our own food!
This smoothie looks delicious, we’ll have to give it a try. Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

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Heather January 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

What is the calorie total for this?

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greenplaterule January 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

About 400

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Laju January 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Can I use low fat milk instead of almond milk?

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greenplaterule January 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Any milk would work.

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Angelica January 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

One of my daughters has a severe tree nut allergy. Is there anything that can be substituted in this and other recipes that call for nuts that won’t compromise the nutritional value?

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Jackie April 26, 2013 at 3:27 am

Sunflower seed butter. It’s delicious.

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lois March 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

hi would this work without the almond butter? or is there something i can substitute it for?

thanks!

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greenplaterule March 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Lois, you could sub with any milk you prefer.

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Emma Cossey April 9, 2013 at 2:32 am

Discovered this on Pinterest and tried it this morning – yum!

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