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almond breakfast smoothie

I find breakfast the most boring meal of the day. And I think it is not only me because health world has embraced chia pudding, egg quinoa muffins and smoothie bowls with a big fat “welcome”.

If you are not health conscious you can grab a size of your head muffin at a bakery in your office building, order an egg sausage sandwich at the nearest drive thru or eat a bowl of sugary cereal. 3-4 bucks and you are done. Sigh, that is easy but is not an option if you treat your body like a temple. That is just not for people like us!

almond breakfast smoothie

That is why I won’t let go off a protein powder from my pantry. Seriously, clean, organic and plant-based protein powder makes my life so much easier. When I got offered to review Purely Inspired organic protein powder I was super excited because I think I have tried almost all plant-based powders on the market by now. I do love to review protein powders because it can be bit tricky to find a good tasting one.

If you have allergies, Purely Inspired is also gluten, dairy and soy free.

almond breakfast smoothie

I did really like Purely Inspired, both chocolate and french vanilla flavours. It tasted very good with barely any aftertaste and great solubility in water. And the best part – a 1.5 lbs jug like above sells at Wal Mart for $19.97. Like that is a killer price!

I have previously shared that when it comes to protein powder I prefer plant-based and it has to be organic to avoid pesticides, particularly  glyphosate (RoundUp). I simply do not think our bodies need more animal products in a form of whey protein. I am trying to reduce our meat consumption and it is not always easy when feeding a family of four. So I do not need more fight in my life.

almond breakfast smoothie

I know some might argue a protein powder is not a whole food. OK, it is processed but is it worse than eating a conventionally raised steak or chicken from a factory farm? To me the answer would be “no”. Also when I work out I am more hungry and my muscles need to recover. I did try mixing Purely Inspired with just water after my workout yesterday and it worked like a charm.

And also if you have kids…those flowers of our lives…Seriously, if you have children I do not need to explain how showering  by yourself for 10 minutes equates to a 2 hour spa treatment. So, if I can have a 3 minute healthy breakfast smoothie instead of junk or slaving at a stove for 20 minutes, man, I will take it. So, don’t judge if you have no kids. Get yourself a few and let’s chat. I bet you will be sipping wine behind the computer screen.

almond breakfast smoothie

So, making almond breakfast smoothie with protein powder makes only big sense. I thought of typical healthy breakfast ingredients and made sure to incorporate all food groups into one glass – complex carbs, plant-based protein and healthy fats.

For the longest time I had no idea what to do with gifted to me almond extract. I do not bake biscotti (do you even use almond extract in biscotti?!) because last time I did 9 years ago Alex broke his crown. I still clearly remember this day. I was trying to be a good wife during my first maternity leave and handed my tired husband a biscotti as soon as he walked in the house. $1,500 later…no biscotti for us.

almond breakfast smoothie

This almond breakfast smoothie turned out delicious, creamy and very filling. I made it quite a few times for breakfast already. In fact, I have been making many smoothies for breakfast lately because I can’t think of an oatmeal for now. I was thinking you could even place all almond breakfast smoothie ingredients in a blender jug and leave on a counter the night before. In the morning, just add almond milk, blend, pour in to-go cup and drink while driving. I rarely sit down for breakfast…you know why. However, I try to sit down and have my tea or coffee while boys are eating. Don’t you just love watching your kids?! I mean watching while doing nothing?!

Protein powder is also great for baking. It allows you to have a baked good with way less calories and sugar.

Enjoy this almond breakfast smoothie!

almond breakfast smoothie

Almond Breakfast Smoothie

Almond Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients and process for 3-4 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving = 1 smoothie:
Calories: 479.1
Total Fat: 26.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 575.0 mg
Total Carbs: 33.6 g
Sugars: 4.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 15.1 g
Protein: 31.8 g
WW Points+: 13

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4 Comments

  1. Elizabeth

    I literally laughed out loud when you said a 10 minute shower child free is like a 2 hour spa treatment. I was able to shower yesterday for 10 minutes by myself and I had a whole new perspective on life. I need to stop having kids. 4 is enough, right? I am afraid to use protein powder. I don’t really get to work out yet. My newborn is just now 8 weeks old. My work out routine is bouncing baby boy for only God knows how long. 26 g of fat seems like a lot if I am not really working out. What do you think?

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    • Olena

      4 kids is way more than enough. I stopped at 2. I can’t handle more. I don’t have time to shower long now although my kids are not babies. Running everywhere. I remember when my first one was born I was scared to take a shower and leave him alone. I dragged him with me in a bathroom. Omg how silly that was. And why. I waited for my husband to come home and shower at night lol.
      8 weeks. So cute. Enjoy! As much as I miss babies (I do a lot!!!) I’m enjoying older kids – I spent half day reading in bed today. Omg dream life.
      Last thing I would worry about is fat content of this smoothie. Those are healthy fats coming from almonds. Fat doesn’t make you fat but in the contrary keeps you full longer thus helping weight loss. I eat a lot of fat. Work out is only 20% of weight loss. You can be losing weight without working out. Just eat whole foods mostly.
      I would consult your physician about protein powder if you are breastfeeding.

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      • Elizabeth

        OMG half a day in bed reading! What what! Lucky duck. I can’t wait until I can do that again. I have a 12, 10, 2 and 8 week old. Thank God for the eldest two they help out a lot but do they ever eat. Especially my daughter she always has seconds of whatever I make for dinner. I am no longer breastfeeding due to my son’s inability to latch properly. I tried for 2 whole months to get him to breastfeed but when I went to the pediatrician last week and they told he had not gained anything. I gave up and switched to formula. Anyway thank you for your advice. I will keep that in mind when I make this smoothie today. I don’t have protein powder yet but I will add vanilla extract and cacao nibs and see how that turns out.

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        • Olena

          You are one busy mama. I never understood people saying you will never be less busy it is just different busy when kids get older. True. They eat a lot, so true. But they can help, very true.:)

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