I love the energy and excitement brought forth by a new start. January 1st, is one of my favorite times to pause, reflect and start new. With the start of this new year, I am continuing with my quest to be as clean, green and natural as possible, both inside and out. Instead of beginning each day with a breakfast meal, I’ve started drinking breakfast smoothies.
I like smoothies. There are so many different varieties. I’ve been drinking them for breakfast on and off since college. Smoothies are a great way to squeeze in extra nutrients. They’re easy to transport for days when you need a quick breakfast on the go and they’re pretty darn delicious. Smoothies, pretty much rock in my opinion, which is why I’m so excited to share this particular recipe. This particular vegetarian friendly smoothie goes above and beyond as far as nutrients, minerals and taste are concerned.
Wait – a vegetarian friendly smoothie? What are you talking about? Aren’t all smoothies vegetarian?!?
Good point my perceptive reader, and to answer that, yes- usually. Your typical smoothie does not call for meat (although I have seen recipes that call for bacon).
What makes this smoothie stand out, aside from the fact that it tastes like a chocolate milkshake, is the fact that it provides a super boost of both protein and iron, nutrients that can be lacking in a vegetarian diet.
The Perfect Smoothie For Vegetarians!
Here’s What it Contains
- Blackstrap molasses – Iron, minerals and calcium.
- Chia – Omega 3’s, antioxidants and calcium.
- Cocoa powder – Antioxidants
- Almond butter and milk – Protein
- Baobab powder – Antioxidants, iron and vitamin C
This smoothie is quite literally the perfect smoothie for vegetarians!
- 2 bananas
- 4 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
- 2 tablespoons chia seed
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 tablespoon baobob powder
Combine the ingredients in a blender and press blend. The result is a deliciously hearty iron rich, chocolatey, protein rich, get your day started right -breakfast smoothie.
This recipe makes two 8 ounce servings which means share it with someone you love. In fact, it’s very child-friendly. My four year old drinks it like a treat and my one year old eats it from a bowl like cereal. Little do they know that mommy is stuffing them full of the nutrients that tend to be absent from our vegetarian and soy-free diet.