For the past year or so, thanks in large part to my smart nutritionist friend Cara, of Cara Clark Nutrition, I’ve been swapping out my usual avocado & toast or egg scramble, for a high calorie smoothie like the one I’m sharing today. Smoothies for breakfast are by no means a new invention…Jamba Juice I’m looking at you. But these 400-500 calorie smoothies have been steadily growing in popularity the last few years, as people realize that a fruit and yogurt sugar filled drink does not a healthy breakfast make. Instead, a smart balance of fruit, greens, and fats combine to make a filling breakfast that works to balance out blood sugar and easily keep you satisfied until your morning snack.
If you have a Vitamix, fantastic, but just like the cacao isn’t necessary, neither is a fancy blender. I find that with smoothies like these which have a good amount of sweetness to them already, texture is far less important than when you’re drinking for example, a kale smoothie. Kale smoothies call for a high powered blender full stop. Find the recipe below, and of course, send me your questions if you have any! And a big thanks to Cara of Cara Clark Nutrition for allowing me to share her recipe!.
Black Cherry Cacao Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1-2 tpsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. natural almond butter
- 4-8 ozs unsweetened almond or other nut milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.