I love a good smoothie. I often have them for breakfast and I find that they really give me a lot of energy for the day…and when you make them right, they can keep you full for hours!
And by making them the right way, I mean adding the right ingredients that will benefit your body the most. Get the most bang for your buck. There HAS to be protein- I like a full scoop of protein PLUS a scoop of collagen protein. The proteins I use are about 100-120 calories per scoop and 20-25 grams of protein. Then you need your healthy fats: almond butter and coconut meat. You can also use coconut or MCT oil in this, but I find that the coconut meat adds a nice flavor and texture. Then you need some fiber from the chia seeds (raw almond butter also has a few grams of fiber). All of these bases (protein, fat and fiber) will keep you energized, clear headed and full for HOURS.
This smoothie has been my recent fav and go-to. Honestly, when I have it at 8am for breakfast, I’m not hungry for lunch until 12pm or 1pm. That’s a seriously long time on just a smoothie! I sometimes drink it alongside 2 gg crackers to up the fullness factor even more on busy days, but test it out yourself and and see how long it keeps you going.
Coconut meat and raw almond butter are amazing choices for healthy fats- they are low carb, healthfully rich and add so much flavor.
This smoothie not only keeps you full for a seriously long time, it also tastes like a coconut vanilla cookie (which is sort of the best part, in my opinion).
Sometimes I throw a handful of spinach in to get some greens, but for the sake of these photos I left that out- it makes it a weird brown/green color (even though it tastes exactly the same).
I buy the frozen coconut meat at Trader Joe’s, which is basically where I buy most food things.
And maca has been an essential way for me to get lasting energy since I have cut back on caffeine. I wrote a post a while back on maca here, check it out to learn more. It’s pretty great and adds a sort of nutty flavor to the smoothie, which goes perfectly in this one!
I use vanilla protein for this, BUT you could totally use chocolate and make this more of a chocolate coconut situation. YUM!
Full For Hours Coconut Vanilla Cookie Smoothie
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use this one)
1 scoop marine collagen
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 tablespoon organic chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
5-6 chunks frozen coconut meat
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 ice cubes
*optional heaping handful of spinach for extra health points
It cold not be more simple, you guys. Blend it all together super well until all the ice and coconut are turned into slushy, creamy goodness. Enjoy immediately!
BY THE WAY: how cute is this reusable straw?? I got a huge pack of them on Amazon- all different colors and designs. I am obsessed! Plus, it’s a much greener way to sip your bevvies.