Meat Free Monday - Delicious Low Sugar Breakfast Smoothie (Banana Free)


We all love a good smoothie, right? They can make an easy, healthy, speedy breakfast or snack. Smoothies however if not done right (aka packing in fruit after fruit) can be very sneaky sources of sugar.

While you're tossing in any fruit you find, some honey, sugar packed juice, a date or two... before you know it you're drinking a complete sugar bomb! What you once thought was a healthy breakfast kick starting your day, improving your health or helping you lose a few pounds has turned into the complete opposite. 

Yes, we can argue they may be natural sugars however consuming too much fruit in a large quantity will still send your blood sugars sky high! It's incredibly important to balance your smoothies out with various things such as green veg, lower sugar fruits, unsweetend milks, unsweetend protein, oats, healthy fats such as nuts and seeds or for an extra boost add things such as spirilina, chia seeds, cacao, cinnamon, lemon juice etc. 

This week I wanted to share with you my current smoothie obsession which is low in sugar but packed with carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and boosting with vitamins and minerals. Yes... it's a green one but despite it's delightful 'grey colour from the spirulina, spinach abnd bluberries... this smoothie is delicious. This smoothie contains many nutritional benefits that a smoothie should give you without give you a complete sugar drop. 

This smoothie is also a great way to pack in your green if you're new to healthy eating or find it hard to eat as many green veggies. Blended with the blueberries for sweetness, pinch from the cinnamon, yumminess from the peanut butter the only green hue comes from the colour. 

Not only that but this smoothie is brilliant for your digestion and packed with fibre. Spinach helps restore energy, help vitality, and improve the quality of the blood. It packed with iron, helping your red blood cells transport oxygen around the body. Spinach is also packed with vitamin K, A and C, as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium and vitamin B2. 

In addition to the spinach I've also added spirulina powder to this smoothie which is one of my favourite superfoods. Spirulina is a bacteria often referred to as blue-green algae.  Spirulina is absolutely packed with nutrients and can be incredibly good for your body and brain. Just one Tsp contains 4g of protein, vitamins B1, B2 & B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese.  It's a powerful detoxifier as it's higher in chlorophyll and high high anti-inflammatory properties as it's high in Omega 3 fatty acids. It also has 4x the antioxidant capacity of blueberries. 

Adding good quality protein and healthy fats is another importance in balancing out and creating the perfect green smoothie. In this smoothie I've used a variety of protein sources from a vegan superfood  protein blend, hemp protein and whey protein (make sure it's low in sugars), all of which worked perfectly. I also make sure I add a good amount of healthy fats such as a tsp of peanut butter (I love crunchy the best) which packs in a variety of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and protein. Adding these ingredients will help keep you fuller for longer, curb your appetite and provide you with plenty of fuel to start your day.

I always make this smoothie super thick and pop it in a bowl (smoothie bowls over smoothies any day!) then you can add whatever toppings your heart desires. Add aything from granola, chia seeds, nuts, fruit, oats, coconut etc. I've been obsessed with bee pollen and goji berries which are both superfoods containing multiple health benefits. Bee pollen is known to be a brilliant allergy relief as well as being rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and fatty acids. Goji berries are known to boost the immune system, brain activity, provide protection from heart disease and improve life expectancy. I love this combination for all of their benefits, sweetness, textures and crunch! Plus they make the intense green colour look slightly prettier... haha.

- 1 Large handful of frozen blueberries (around 1/2 cup)
- 1 Large handful of fresh or frozen spinach
- 1/2 to 1 Tsp Spirulina
- 1 Scoop of Protein powder of your choice (I used this banana vegan superfood blend)
- 1 tsp/tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup unsweetend almond milk (depending how thick you want it)
- Ice (Depending how thick you want it)
- Whatever toppings you fancy!

Add all of the following ingredients into a high powdered blender. Blend until smoothly combined. The amount of liquid and ice will depend on how thick you way your smoothie.

If making a smoothie bowl make sure you pop it in your favourite bowl and top with whatever you have on hand. Take the time to place it all in pretty patterns and arrange your toppings because hey food that looks good always tastes better, right? Or if you're feeling a little lazy throw them all on a dig in!

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