I love making smoothies. I'm usually the slowest eater of the bunch and it's hard for me to force myself to eat right when I wake up. Smoothies are the perfect way for me to pack in a whole lot of nutrients first thing in the morning. I found that typical fruit and yogurt smoothies just weren't enough to qualify as a meal. Snack, yes. Dessert, yes. For breakfast, I needed more substance to tide me over. I started using ground almonds and flax seeds until I discovered Hemp Hearts. These little seeds pack a big punch.
The recommended serving of Hemp Hearts is 5-8 tbsp in the morning with fresh fruit and veggies. The nutritional benefit is so great that you can expect lasting energy until lunch. No mid-morning cravings. Hemp Hearts contain more hunger-satisfying protein than meat, so they're an amazing protein substitute if that's what you're looking for. They can be sprinkled on yogurt, salads or blended up to boost your favourite smoothie recipe. Give this one a try!
1/8 can Coconut Milk (Thai Kitchen Organic) or milk/milk substitute
5 tbsp Hemp Hearts (can replace with almonds and/or flax seeds)
1 scoop Protein Powder (Whey Isolate or other)
Water and/or Ice to achieve desired consistency
To make this a bit more tropical I've often added pineapple or kiwi. The beauty of it is to try different combinations, use what you have, use what's local or in season. If you don't get many veggies in throughout the day, try adding some spinach.
I love using coconut milk as a milk substitute. It is so creamy and naturally sweet!
What are your favourite smoothie ingredients?