A protein breakfast smoothie like this one is a great way to start your day. Trust me on this. It’s packed with Greek yogurt, protein powder, delicious tropical fruits, and yes, some healthy greens, too. Your healthy self will thank you for this.
I’ll share this delicious green protein breakfast smoothie recipe with you in a quick minute. First, I’d like to share with you about something I’ve been struggling with.
As evidenced by the amount of cupcake recipes, brownie recipes, and cookie recipes posted on the pages of this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a bit addicted to sugar and other not so healthy carbohydrates like cheesy ranch biscuits and macaroni and cheese.
Truth be told, I’m a lot addicted. I’ve hooked myself onto the carbs and they’ve returned the favor, hooking themselves onto my stomach, waist, and thighs. Ugh.
Back in August of 2013 (shortly before this post was originally published), I ventured into a new healthy eating lifestyle that I named “Fit by 50” My goals were to begin an exercise routine and adjust my nutrition so that I could lose 50 pounds before my 50th birthday at the end of January 2014. Through the process, I wanted to get physically fit, but I also hoped to learn how to love myself for who I am, regardless of my size, and I wanted to learn to be happier with myself on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, too.
It was a huge endeavor, especially given the fact that I’d been stuck in a self-loathing mode since the age of about 13.
Initially, I made some progress, losing about 25 pounds, and getting back to regularly attending a church that I love, but then my addiction to carbohydrates continued. I lacked motivation and determination, and never made time to do what I needed to do to get healthy, so now I’ve gained back all of that weight, and 15 additional pounds. Yup. Now I have 65 pounds to lose and I’m completely disgusted with myself all over again.
I’ll be making healthier eating choices again, like starting off my day with a healthy protein breakfast smoothie like this one, but I’ll also be making delicious and healthy dinners, like baked tilapia and chicken paprikash. Yum!
Oh, but don’t think for one minute that I can go without savory carbs and sweets in my life.
I’ll be stocking my fridge with healthier treats like low fat chocolate chip peanut butter dip, but I’m not going to complete deprive myself of the carbs that I crave, either. I’ll just eat them less often. It’s all about balance!
I hope you’ll follow along as I try to lose this weight again… and for the last time!
I hope you’ll give this protein breakfast smoothie a try.
If you do try it, please let me know what you think of it!
Lean Green Protein Breakfast Smoothie
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
- 2 cups baby spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and/or other leafy green vegetables
- 1 large banana
- 1 cup diced mango, fresh or frozen
- juice of 1 clementine orange
- 1 scoop whey protein powder, plain or vanilla
- 10 ounces cold water
- 4-5 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse or blend on high until greens are pureed and the mixture is thick, smooth, and creamy.
- To make smoothie thinner in consistency, add more water. To thicken, add more ice cubes.
If you have any healthy eating tips for carb lovers like me, or if you struggle with weight loss like I do, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below!