Sometimes, I’m just not in the mood for a maca-cacao-spirulina-hemp-turmeric smoothie. But smoothies are still an easy way to get in a couple extra servings of fruits and/or veggies, high-quality protein, and good fats. And what’s more, they make a great take-along meal or snack when you’re on the go.
The solution? The KISS. As in, Keep It Simple, Sweetie!
Strawberries, banana, milk of choice, and protein powder. That’s it! I used unsweetened coconut milk and a combination of pea protein and marine collagen for protein. I also added some liquid coconut oil to up the fat content for satiety. You could of course use any combination of liquid, protein, and fat you choose!
Spring is when strawberries are in season, so use fresh if you have them, and add an ice cube if you like your smoothie cold. Otherwise, frozen are fine. You want to always use organic strawberries, if possible, because strawberries are notorious for their pesticide content—always the number-one offender on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen.
Keeping the banana to a half reduces the carb load of this shake, and adding the protein powder/collagen and coconut oil balances the carbs with fat and protein for a balanced-macro meal that will keep you full for hours without spiking your blood sugar. You’re free to omit the protein powder and coconut oil…just be sure to eat something like an egg or two on the side!
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 cup organic strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1 scoop pea protein powder
- 2 scoops marine collagen (optional)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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