Five Breakfast Smoothies for Weight Loss

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It’s said that if you want to lose fat, you have to eat lots of protein and healthy fats for breakfast. That’s a bummer for me cause I love my morning smoothies. I do eat omelettes and fish in the mornings though, but not with the same pleasure as when I indulge in the blended fruit variations - and you can spike up the nutrition by adding super fruit powders into them – not the same in an omelette.

So I had to find some smoothie recipes that matched my sweet tooth and kept me lean, and I did!

Why protein and fat for breakfast?

High-protein and healthy fats for breakfasts are the key to sustaining energy throughout the day, kick-starting your metabolism and maintaining overall health. Protein-rich breakfasts improve satiety, reduce evening snacking and help reduce hunger and metabolic fluctuations later in the day.

Protein has a stabilising effect on blood sugar level, as it helps pull sugar into the cells so your body can use it for energy. Fat slows down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream and prevents sugar highs and sugars crashes. Healthy fats are the ones that allowed your ancestors of 10,000 (and even 100,000 years ago!) to thrive. The healthy fats include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, extra virgin avocado oil, cocoa butter, omega-3 fats from avocados and fish like salmon, and butter and ghee from grazing animals. Those fats don’t clog arteries - blood sugar problems do. Read more on this topic in my post about balancing hormones.

Five high protein high fat smoothie recipes.

These breakfast smoothie are very quick to make - you can even pre-prep it the night before so the whole thing takes maybe 10 minutes the following morning. They provide protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, and major flavour in less time than it takes to order a designer coffee.

What to Have in the pantry:

Nice to add too:

What to prepare:

  •  Soak nuts and seeds in the milk over night or about an hour before to eliminate or minimize the nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances that are found in all nuts, grains, and seeds. *)
  • Remove frozen berries from freezer to thaw about an hour before if possible.

1. Mango-coco-pistachio Smoothie

This mango-coconut smoothie is the perfect beverage in the morning or for a post-workout or midday snack. It’s filled with healthy fats like hemp seeds, nuts, and coconuts, and best of all - it’s delicious. Even the kids will love it!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe mango or 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 12 oz. coconut water (or substitute with nut milk or regular water)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp toasted coconut
  • 1 tbsp. roughly chopped pistachio nuts
  • Optional: juice from 1 small lemon
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. collagen or protein powder (chocolate or vanilla flavour)

Directions

  1. Peel the mangos and by cut the flesh of fruit from the pit.
  2. Put mango, hemp, coconut water, and coconut butter into a blender.
  3. Blend on high for 45 seconds or until desired consistency.
  4. Pour into 2 glasses and top with the coconut and pistachios.

2. Strawberry-Almond-Coconut Smoothie

This is one of my favourite breakfast or post-workout smoothies. It’s filled with healthy fats from chia seeds and almond butter, and it features one of my preferred nutrient rich berries.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 3/4-cup light coconut milk
  • 1⁄2 cup almond milk
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen organic strawberries
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. collagen or protein powder (strawberry or vanilla flavour)
  • Optional: ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1⁄2 pack of Silken tofu (300 g.)
  • Optional: add some lemon balm or mint leaves
  • Optional: juice from 1 small lemon

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth

3. Cocoa-Almond Smoothie

This creamy cocoa smoothie has the perfect combo of fats and protein to energize your morning, and it tastes great.

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄4 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. collagen or protein powder (chocolate or vanilla flavour)
  • Optional: 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth,
  2. Pour into your favourite glass and enjoy!

4. Raspberry Blast

This raspberry smoothie will blast off your day with healthy fat, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. acai powder (can substitute 3 strawberries)
  • Optional: some lemon balm and mint leaves
  • Optional 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Optional: juice from 1 small lemon
  • Optional 1⁄2 pack of Silken tofu (300 g.)
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. collagen or protein powder (strawberry or vanilla flavour)

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and start to blend on low speed, gradually increasing to high speed.
  2. Blend until creamy and smooth.

5. Cocoa Bliss Smoothie

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This smoothie is power packed with creamy, healthy fat. Cacao not only adds great flavour, but also is a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond or hazel/almond milk
  • 1/2-cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. coconut butter
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. collagen or protein powder (chocolate or vanilla flavour)
  • Optional: some lemon balm or mint leaves
  • Optional: 1 avocado
  • Optional: juice from 1 small lemon

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy

*) Nature has set it up so that the nut, grain, and seed may survive until proper growing conditions are present. Nature’s defence mechanism includes nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances that can be removed naturally when there is enough precipitation to sustain a new plant after the nut, grain or seed germinates. When it rains the nut, grain or seed gets wet and can then germinate to produce a plant. So we are mimicking nature when we soak our nuts, grains, and seeds.

Nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances found in nuts grains and seed can be minimized or eliminated by soaking. These inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.


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