Smoothies have become a very popular meal replacement for breakfast in the morning, especially green breakfast smoothies. They’re quick, easy, and you can drink it in the car on the way to work. They are also a convenient and tasty way to get veggies in your diet.
The only problem is, a lot of smoothie recipes you see floating around the internet aren’t really good replacements for breakfast. A lot of them are full of sugar and carbs and not much else. This causes spikes in your blood sugar and you’re hungry an hour later.
For a true meal replacement you need to have all three macro-nutrients in your breakfast smoothie which are carbs, protein, and fat. This green breakfast smoothie recipe has all 3 macros, tastes good, and keeps you full longer.
Some people are very concerned about the amount of each macro and counting calories at every meal, but I’ve never been one of those kind of people. Way too much work for me! I just try to get a good balance of each macro at my meals.
Life is too short to stress so much about every last detail about what you’re eating. Just eat healthy, REAL, wholesome food in balance and call it good.
I figure when it comes to a real food, the macros that I’m eating (especially the carbs) are much more nutritious for our bodies. The carbs in an In-N-Out burger are not the same kind of carbs I get from my homemade burger with grass-fed beef, sourdough hamburger buns, and veggies.
However, I did decide to look up the nutrition deets for this smoothie just to see how it all adds up. I just went to the USDA super tracker and plugged and chugged the ingredients, so hopefully this information is accurate.
The ingredients are: milk kefir, chia seeds, peanut butter, vanilla extract, grass-fed gelatin, banana, raw honey, and spinach.
Green Breakfast Smoothie Nutrients:
The carbs are a little high, but that is mostly from the kefir, raw honey, and banana – which aint exactly eating white bread. I don’t mind high carbs in the morning either since I’ll be running around and needing the energy carbs provide.
The chia seeds add an additional 10 grams of fiber which is awesome for your digestion. If you’re worried about the sugar content (which is a valid concern), then you can leave out the raw honey. However, there are many benefits to eating raw honey and I’ve noticed that it’s becoming more popular to buy at your local grocery stores for reasonable prices (at least here in Utah).
This green breakfast smoothie is also packed with a lot of other vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium.
Now THAT is a meal replacement smoothie!
Let me know what you think about our green breakfast smoothie!