Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Red, White and Blue Smoothie

Everyone needs to add a little more red, white and blue to their 4th of July so I whipped up these color coordinated smoothies for breakfast! They turned out to be quite messy and more like purple then blue, but hey it's the thought that counts right? The red is strawberry flavored, the white is banana flavored and the blue is blueberry flavored. A perfect combination of fruit flavored smoothies enriched with the highest quality whey protein powder and flaxseeds. These smoothies are filling and satisfying especially on a warm day. Enjoy them for a wonderful breakfast, a nourishing snack or even for dessert! Great for the whole family as kids love them too!

Protein powders are a great way to ensure your body is getting adequate protein. Now, of course the quality of the protein powder you buy makes all the difference. I recommend whey protein powder over soy, rice or pea. But only the highest quality, non-denatured, cold pressed or minimally processed whey from cow's that graze on fresh grasses. This kind of whey contains plentiful immunoglobulins to support a healthy immune system. It's one of the most bioavailable sources of protein, second only to eggs meaning that your body absorbs and utilizes the amino acids very easily. Be sure to get a powder made from whey concentrate not whey isolate so the proteins are intact and active. Whey protein powder is easy to digest so it works well for people with compromised digestive systems and is actually quite healing to the digestive tract. Certified organic is preferable however many companies are sourcing their whey from uncertified farms because of the cost. Do your research, know where the whey you're buying comes from. Also, check the other ingredients and be sure there are no added sugars or preservatives. I have listed my favorite whey powders at the bottom of the post for your convenience.

The Recipe serves 3
For the Blue
1C frozen blueberries
2 scoops whey protein powder
2T freshly ground flaxseed

For the White
1 large frozen banana
2 scoops whey protein powder
2T freshly ground flaxseed

For the Red
1C frozen strawberries
2 scoops whey protein powder
2T freshly ground flaxseed

For each color of the smoothie add the frozen fruit and a small amount of water, blend until smooth adding more water as necessary. Add the protein powder, let it thicken for a bit as it blends and then add the flax. You can also add some ice if you want it a little thicker. Start with the blue, pour evenly into three glasses, rinse the blender and make the white section, pour on top of the blue evenly into the three glasses. Rinse the blender again, whip up the red section and pour over the white in the three glasses.

My favorite whey protein powders:
-Source Naturals Whey to Health and True Whey
-Tera's Whey
Find them online if your local health food store doesn't carry them.

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