I woke up Sunday morning craving something cold, light and healthy for breakfast. It was probably my body’s way of seeking balance following the indulgence of Saturday’s two parties. At this stage of my life, it’s rare for me to attend one party on any given Saturday, but two is really unusual.
The first, a meeting of The Clandestine Cake Club, found me sampling seven different kinds of chocolate cake. Then with just a short time to rest in between, we headed over to a friend’s birthday party, where an abundance of Mexican food and cocktails awaited.
A refreshing protein rich berry smoothie seemed like the perfect post-party antidote…
I rooted around and tossed together this tasty concoction with what I could find in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry: fresh blueberries and some past-their-prime strawberries, a frozen banana, nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt and a little cranberry juice. To boost the fiber and protein content I added a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds and scoop of vanilla whey protein powder.
I loaded everything into my Vitamix, along with a couple big handfuls of ice cubes, and blended it till thick, cold and creamy.
Packed with protein (20.9 g) and fiber (7.3 g), this tasty post-party protein berry smoothie kept me satisfied for hours. Rod liked it too. Each serving has 258 calories and 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.
Do You Have a Favorite Post-Party Food?
- 1-1/2 cups berries I used a combination of strawberries and blueberries
- 1 frozen overripe banana
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 3/4 cup Greek nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
- 8-10 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and whiz on high until well blended and creamy. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/2 recipe): 258 calories, 3.6 g fat, 35.7 g carbs, 7.3 g fiber, 20.9 g protein and 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
Great Smoothie Ingredients:
- Bananas (store peeled overripe bananas in the freezer)
- Orange Juice
- Cranberry Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
- Nondairy Milk (soy, rice, almond, coconut)
- Green Tea
- Cold Coffee
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Greek Yogurt
- Fresh Basil or Mint
- Maple Syrup
- Agave Syrup
- Protein Powder
- Ground Psyllium Husks
- Ground Flaxseeds
- Fish Oil
*PointsPlus® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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