I’ve been talking about getting the power of protein into my diet a lot this spring. As an admitted carb-o-holic, I’m making a very conscious effort to ramp up my protein intake. This Blueberry Date Smoothie, is by far, one of my most favourite ways to get my protein kick in the morning. It’s also insanely delicious, trust me on this one. Before I give you the recipe though, let’s break down how amazing each ingredient is for you.
Blueberries – Blueberries are teeming with antioxidants which help fight off disease. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, with one serving giving you a quarter of your daily allowance. Finally, that bright purple berry is good for your brain, keeping it at the top of its game.
Medjool Dates – Dates are little energy balls, rich in inverted sugar that gives the body hours of energy. (and they add an awesome sweetness to this smoothie). Medjool Dates are rich in Vitamin B6, which is also good for your brain. You’re going to need that so it’s good to eat with that in mind. (pun intended).
Spinach I love spinach in my smoothies, with no less than three other spinach smoothies listed on my site. The beauty of spinach in a smoothie is that it’s taste is absolutely undetectable but it brings the health benefits in spades. Rich in Vitamin K that helps bone growth, loaded with iron (that the Vitamin C in the blueberries is going to help you absorb) and another powerful antioxidant fighter, you should really be adding spinach in every smoothie you make.
Flax & Chia Seeds Flax or Chia? Chia or Flax? Just split the difference and add them both in this Blueberry Date Smoothie. Flax and Chia Seeds are a good source of Omega-3. This is my favourite.
Protein Powder – This is where that boost to get your through the day comes from. There are many varieties of protein powder, from Whey, to Soy to Egg. Talk to the experts at your local health food store to find one that’s good for you.
By the way, did I mention how delicious this smoothie is? The best part of making it is knowing you’re getting all the amazing health benefits listed above but it tastes like you’re getting a decadent treat.
Blueberry Date Smoothie
1 cup milk (almond, rice, soy, cow – you be the judge)
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tbsp flax and chia seeds
1 scoop protein powder
2 handfuls of baby spinach
Blend all ingredients until your smoothie is, er, smooth.