Welcome to THE most satisfying, energy sustaining Dairy Free Breakfast smoothie you ever tasted! Those who haven’t tried having their breakfast replaced with a smoothie may be surprised at how filling this liquid breakfast can be. There’s no need to have a piece of toast on the side or a serve of egg or fruit – it’s all there for you – all of the macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, fats) you need alongside a variety of cell nourishing micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals) for an amazing start to your day which will sustain your energy and get you feeling awake and alive, ready to ‘go go go’ all morning. The other great thing about this deliciously nutritious smoothie is that it’s low reactive; it is completely dairy and wheat free, which will leave your tummy feeling satisfied but never bloated, uncomfortable or tender.
Some mornings you wake up and feel inspired to prepare a spectacular breakfast; some poached eggs, wilted spinach with sauteed mushrooms and garlic complemented with a nice piece of whole grain toast and a generous spread of avocado, yum.
Life, however, can get busy and mornings, especially during week - days, can be extremely hectic. Drinking a nutritious breakky is a fantastic, quick and super nutritious alternative to cooking that first meal of the day. Adding oats to this breakfast smoothie is a great option during the hotter months, when cooked oats don’t seem as appealing as they do in winter.
I use banana in this smoothie, and although this fruit is high GI, meaning it normally has a quick release of sugar into the blood, combining it with cinnamon and protein in this recipe decreases its' Glycaemic Load. So the release of glucose into the blood is a lot more gradual. You feel satisfied for longer and avoid that sugar crash an hour later. It’s perfect for diabetics, and insulin resistant individuals.
Wholegrain oats are another nourishing and great ingredient I like to use here every now and then for a more energy dense meal. Wholegrain oats and steel cut oats are quite high in protein for a grain and are a fabulous source of fibre, thiamine, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, pathogenic acid and potassium. They also contain Beta Glucans, which along with a special type of antioxidants called Aventhramides, have been shown to contribute towards reducing total plasma cholesterol as well as LDL (the ‘bad’ cholesterol) levels. The Aventhramides in oats have also been shown to exhibit anti inflammatory effects. When choosing your oats though, go for wholegrain oats, preferably organic, and avoid having any refined quick oats as they are nutrient – depleted.
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup wholegrain oats (traditional oats)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I use Sunwarrior protein or Prana protein powder) – this can be replaced with 1 raw egg and 1-2tsp chia seeds + a dash of vanilla essence
1tsp honey OR 2-3 pitted dates
1 cup of coconut milk OR coco – nut milk (coconut and almond milk combined) OR coconut water