Healthy homemade breakfast smoothie with 11 grams of protein and only 156 calories.
Can you believe it’s February already? I feel I was just baking my Christmas cookies, and now it’s almost Valentine’s Day! So what better time for pink treats than now?
I have to admit that for a long time I wasn’t really on the homemade smoothie bandwagon. The whole process just seemed to be too exhausting for something you can easily buy in any local health food shop, while the results were always a bit disappointing.
Luckily, I eventually listened to a voice of reason, decided to do some research, and finally got a hang of the smoothie game. Since then I’ve loved making my own smoothies, and I’m finally ready to share my favourite concoction here with you.
Most smoothies involve three basic components, and all you need to do is experiment with what suits you best.
Fruit – this is the bit that’s usually the most fun. You can use any fruit or combination of fruits you like; the key is in balance. For example, if you want a creamier, fuller texture, use fruits like bananas or mangoes, and if you want a lighter, more refreshing drink, berries are your best friend.
Liquid – to keep your healthy smoothie super low calorie, you can simply use water. Other low fat and low calorie options, with a much richer flavour, include almond or soy milk, while you can always use regular, full-fat milk as well.
Body – if you’re making a protein smoothie, the body is where you get the protein in. A very popular and straightforward option is protein powder, though I prefer yogurt or cottage cheese, which might be less rich in protein, but make a world of difference when it comes to taste and texture.
Topping – completely optional and entirely up to you. I only like to use toppings when making a thicker, eat-with-a-spoon smoothie, so I didn’t use it for this breakfast protein smoothie.
If you’re an expert smoothie maker, I hope you give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. And if you’re just starting out, may this very simple strawberry smoothie inspire you to begin experimenting with delicious homemade smoothies on your won.
Strawberry Breakfast Protein Smoothie
- 100g low-fat cottage cheese
- 160g fresh or unsweetened frozen strawberries
- 120ml unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon maple or agave syrup, optional
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Serve right away.
Nutrition Facts per serving
- Calories: 156
- Total Fat: 1g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 4mg
- Sodium: 438mg
- Potassium: 235mg
- Carbs: 28g
- Dietary Fiber: 3g
- Sugars: 19g
- Protein: 11g