Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Almond Vanilla Chai Smoothie

I decided this was the week to post my favorite seems-decadent-but-is-actually-amazingly-healthy smoothie. Vegan, gluten free, no sugar added, chock full of protein...this smoothie has it all. Best of all it tastes delicious!

I have been having a healthy smoothie every day for breakfast or lunch for the past few weeks. I usually start with almond or coconut milk and a scoop of my favorite organic raw protein powder. Then I mix it up with different ingredients: greens, fruit, nut butters, spices, vegetables, unsweetened dark chocolate, healthy fats, whatever I have on hand. These smoothies are so filling, satisfying and delicious that I don't need to eat anything until the next meal.

Today's version is a take on chai. Almond milk, vanilla protein powder, almond butter and loads of spices blended together until thick and creamy. I often add berries or a handful of greens to amp up the nutrients. Either way fast, easy, delicious and healthy. How good does that sound?

Almond Vanilla Chai Smoothie
(makes one meal size smoothie or 2 side servings)

12 oz unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup almond butter (no sugar added)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp allspice plus more for sprinkling
1/2 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
1 tbsp pure Tahitian vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
1 scoop organic raw vanilla protein powder
2 ice cubes

optional ingredients
1 cup blueberries or raspberries
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 kale

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Process until smooth and frothy. Pour into large glass and sprinkle with additional allspice. Serve immediately.

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