How To Make A Healthy Coffee Protein Smoothie
Isn’t it great when you find one recipe that helps you meet multiple health goals?
If you’re looking to get a hit of electrolytes, the health benefits of coffee, and a boost of protein for your diet, then this smoothie recipe is the one for you.
It combines frozen coffee, delicious fruit and protein rich yoghurt, and chia and hemp to keep you alert, hydrated and full all in one delicious drink.
Does that sound good?
Then read on to find out how to make it.
Coffee Protein Smoothie
This recipe combines frozen coffee, delicious fruit and protein rich yogurt, and chia and hemp to keep you alert, hydrated and full all in one delicious drink. And the best part? It takes almost no time to prepare it.
- 1 banana
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- ice cubes tray
Make the coffee and pour it into ice cube trays and pop it in the freezer until it’s nice and frosty
Put all the ingredients into your blender or smoothie maker and process until smooth
If you want protein-rich, then you can include a tablespoon of your favorite protein powder too
The Health Benefits Of This Smoothie
We need protein in our diets.
Our muscles, organs and tissues are all made up from protein. It’s important to add protein to your diet so it can be used to repair and replace the cells in your body.
But there are also some additional health benefits to adding extra protein into your diet, like:
- Helps stabilize blood sugar, which reduces brain fog and boosts energy levels.
- It supports your body to absorb more nutrients from other foods.
- Makes you feel fuller after eating.
A high protein, low complex carbohydrate diet is now a popular way to help with weight control.
When you feel full for longer and your body isn’t trying to compensate for blood sugar highs and lows, you naturally eat less.
But this recipe doesn’t just include protein, there are also some other great ingredients for your wellbeing such as:
- Almond Milk - A low calorie, low fat alternative to dairy milk, almond milk has plenty of calcium and Vitamin E.
- Banana - The curved yellow fruit doesn’t just taste good and give your smoothie great texture, it’s also packed with nutrients. Fibre, magnesium, B vitamins, and manganese are on the list as well as bundles of potassium which make bananas a great post-workout pick-me-up.
- Chia seeds - These little black seeds are becoming very popular because they help you feel full. They’re also full of fibre and antioxidants and a great source of omega 3 & 6 oils, too.
- Hemp seeds - Packed with protein, these seeds also contain a bundle of omega oils to keep your brain functioning at top performance.
- Coffee - Coffee is a drink that needs no introduction, and has so many health benefits you’ll find them in a post of their own! But if you don’t want to click through? On top of keeping you awake, coffee helps burn fat, reduces the risk of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease and certain cancers, and protects your liver. That’s a lot of reason to put it in everything, but mostly we do it because we love the taste.
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How to Make the Coffee Protein Smoothie
Once you have all the ingredients for a coffee protein smoothie, here are some simple steps to make it:
Step 1 - Make coffee cubes
The inspiration for this recipe suggests using ‘leftover coffee’. I’m unfamiliar with this concept, so I suggest you brew yourself up an extra cup.
Hot brew, cold brew - however you like.
If it’s hot, leave it to cool and then pour it into ice cube trays and pop it in the freezer until it’s nice and frosty.
Step 2 - Assemble the ingredients
Put all the ingredients into your blender or smoothie maker and process until smooth.
Alternatives: If you want to really boost the protein content of this smoothie, then you can include a tablespoon of your favorite protein powder too. (Are you a fan of protein powder? Then make sure to check our article on Coffee Protein Shake Recipes)
While almond milk has great taste while being low on calories, it’s a lower protein choice than cow’s milk or something like soya milk. If you’re vegan, consider using a soya or coconut based yogurt in place of the dairy.
Caution: Before you do this for the first time, make sure that your blender blades can cope with ice, otherwise you could burn out the motor.
Don’t have a blender? Check out this video on how to make a smoothie without one.
You’ll still need something to deal with the seeds though, so think about a spice grinder or a pepper mill.
Step 3 - Enjoy!
Whether you’ve whizzed this smoothie up for breakfast on the go, a mid-afternoon pick-me up or a post-workout energy boost, it will give you a delicious and filling feeling that lasts for hours.
Feel Full With Your Healthy Coffee Protein Smoothie
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