Chocolate Nut Banana Protein Smoothie

Protein is vital.  And it’s especially important to get an adequate amount of it for breakfast.

I was reading a recent article from The Atlantic wherein they were taking a look at the latest research findings on protein consumption for breakfast.  They found that people who got adequate protein at breakfast (35 grams in this study) “were less hungry throughout the day and saw favorable changes in the hormones and brain signals that control appetite.”  These people also experienced a “reduction in their ‘cravings-related’ brain activity and increased levels of a hormone associated with satiety.”  As a result these people were less prone to snacking throughout the day and over time experienced better weight control.  I’m all for THAT!

I definitely notice a difference after eating a protein-packed breakfast versus when I eat something like oatmeal or whole wheat toast and fruit (i.e., carbs and sugar).  I feel more satisfied overall and that level of satiety lasts significantly longer.  How about you?

One of my favorite ways to ensure I’m getting enough protein in the morning is to add a smoothie to my breakfast.  I pack it full of healthy ingredients and always add a scoop protein powder to give it that extra boost.

And have I got a thoroughly deeelicious smoothie for you today that combines several favorite flavors!

For an extra protein boost I’m using nut milk.  Likewise I’m adding nut butter which also adds a great flavor.  You can use either peanut, almond or cashew butter but of the three, peanut butter has the highest protein content at 8 grams for the 2 tablespoons called for in this smoothie.

Protein content will also vary depending on what kind and which brand of protein powder you’re using.  The brand I use gives me nearly 10 grams of protein in the 2 tablespoons I add to the smoothie.

In addition to getting an extra dose of protein for your breakfast, this smoothie is packed full of deliciousness and is the perfect way to start your morning!  What’s not to love about a chocolate nut banana smoothie, right??

I mean, we’ve practically got a healthy ice cream sundae going on here!!

Bottoms up!

My husband was out doing some laborious yard work this past weekend.  I told him to take a break and brought him out this smoothie as a late morning pick-me-up.  He packed that thing down in all of 20 seconds and gave it a full two thumbs up before going back to work.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy smoothie to add to your breakfast routine, need a nutritious snack for the late morning or afternoon, or need something to satisfy that sweet tooth without all the guilt, try this Chocolate Nut Banana Protein Smoothie!

Chocolate Nut Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe

Let’s get started!

Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

If you’re using a frozen banana there’s no need to add any ice unless you want to.  If the banana is not frozen, add 4 ice cubes.

Pour the smoothie into a cup and, if you like, garnish with some sliced or slivered almonds, a sprinkling of cocoa powder, and a sprig of mint.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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