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.
|Blueberry Almond Green Smoothie||
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- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup greens (spinach or kale)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Add all the ingredients to a blender
- Start on low speed, slowly increasing to high
- Blend until smooth.
I do not add any sweetener or extract to this but if needed you could add one (or more) of the following:
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
a couple drops of liquid stevia.