Whether you’re getting ready to start a long day at work or you’re ready to bound off for a weekend filled with activities like skiing or hiking, protein shakes are a great way to start your morning off with a bang. They provide your body with balanced nutrition and replenish your body’s glucose levels, filling you with energy. But who wants to start their day off with a boring, flavorless shake? The generic vanilla and chocolate protein powders are hardly exciting! That’s why I love this recipe for The Dating Almond Smoothie so much. It tastes more like a dessert than a breakfast, so drinking it never gets old!
You’ll love the way the savory almond butter, sugary dates, and creamy banana come together to create a rich, smooth shake. By freezing the banana, we eliminate the need to add ice, which usually waters-down this type of shake. And there’s no need for added sugar since the dates and the banana are already so naturally sweet!
Breakfast of Champions (Or as a Workout Drink)
It’s much better for your metabolism if you don’t skip breakfast, but many of us don’t have time. I know I don’t! It’s either skip breakfast or stop at the drive-through for a quick-and-easy bite to eat (which, is no longer an option for me on my clean-eating diet). That’s why I love drinking my breakfast instead. I can pack the ingredients together in the freezer the night before and toss ’em into the blender in the morning. Just add almond milk and protein powder and you’re good to go!
The Dating Almond Smoothie also makes an excellent workout drink. Studies have shown that it actually doesn’t matter whether you drink a protein shake before or after your workout. As long as you’re consuming protein around your workout, you’ll help your body build muscle (therefore speeding up your metabolism). Since this tasty shake provides 19 grams of protein for each serving, it’s perfect as a workout drink!
Not all Protein Powders are Created Equally
Protein powder isn’t just for bodybuilders anymore. Using a protein powder on a regular basis is a great way to build lean muscle, which is key for losing weight and keeping it off for good. That being said, not all protein powders contain clean ingredients. You definitely want to look for one that’s free of GMOs and hormones, which can add unnecessary toxins to your body.
That’s why we love Tera’s Whey Organic Protein. It’s a gluten-free, certified USDA organic protein powder that’s made from carefully sourced whey. They only source from small family farms in Wisconsin (right in the middle of dairy country) that don’t use antibiotics or rBGH/rBST growth hormones. It’s a low-carb alternative to some of the protein powders out there, and it’s also low on the glycemic index (since they use stevia instead of refined sugar).
You get to choose from a variety of flavors, too, which makes it easy to switch things up! I love the bourbon vanilla flavor, but they also have dark chocolate, blueberry, and plain if that’s more up your alley. Experiment with a few different flavors and let us know which one is your favorite!
Yield: 1 Serving | Serving Size: 1 Shake | Calories: 460 | Total fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 79 g | Fiber: 11 g | Sugar: 57 g | Protein: 19 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 251 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 19
- 1/4 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon (or one scoop) whey protein powder (We used Tera's Protein Powder, Low-Carb & Gluten Free)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve.
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