Almond butter, coffee, banana, whey protein powder, milk and cinnamon smoothie

A cuppa java

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of almond butter
1 shot of coffee
1 medium banana (frozen)
1 scoop of whey protein powder
1 cup of milk
1 pinch of cinnamon

Nutrition

Calories: 413
Protein: 32 grams
Carbs: 47 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Sugar: 30 grams
Fat: 11 grams

This smoothie tastes just like a fancy chocolate coffee drink that you would get at an overpriced coffee shop but without the high fat, calories or processed foods. I love to enjoy this smoothie on a lazy weekend morning when the weather makes it impossible to tackle any yard work.

There are plenty of protein powders out there to chose from but I love whey protein powder. Whey protein is isolated from whey, the liquid part of milk that separates during the process of making cheese, and contains a mixture of proteins. Even though it’s good for you, it doesn’t always taste that great. This is why there are many different flavours to chose from, including chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. So no matter what your smoothie ingredients are, there is a whey protein flavor that will mix well with them. This recipe has coffee and I love the combination of coffee and chocolate.

To make this smoothie, first dissolve a teaspoon of instant coffee into around a quarter of a cup of hot water and allow to cool. Once cooled, add to a blender together with all the other ingredients and process until smooth.

Shot of Coffee
We know that too much coffee over a short amount of time can have negative effects but when consumed in moderation, coffee can do wonders for your body. It has been linked with helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and can also promote heart health. This recipe only has a small amount of coffee but your body will still benefit from it.

Milk
I used milk in this smoothie because it goes especially well with coffee. While it improves the texture of your smoothie, milk also helps to keep you hydrated. We mostly think of drinking enough water each day to stay hydrated but there are other beverages that work just as well.

Frozen Banana
Bananas are great for your digestive system and can even improve your mood. But did you know that they can help prevent kidney cancer and keep your blood sugar levels normal? Bananas also provide you with more mental clarity, making any smoothie with banana a great option for when you have a mentally exhausting day ahead of you.

Almond Butter
Almond butter is a great alternative to peanut butter and works great in smoothies. It’s full of vitamin E, which protects your cells from oxidative damage. Almond butter contains almost 4 milligrams of vitamin E in a tablespoon, compared to peanut butter which only has 1 milligram per tablespoon. It also contains more iron than peanut butter does, which promotes healthy oxygen transportation throughout your body.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon has a pretty strong taste so you only need a pinch in this recipe. It really helps to tie all of the ingredients together so try not to leave it out. Cinnamon has a ton of antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. This helps your body to fight off infections and repair damaged tissues. It has also been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and can assist with weight loss.

Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
Protein powder of course adds protein to your smoothie – but why is this important? Well, protein is made up of amino acids, and these are essentially the main building blocks of muscle. Additionally, just about anything in your body, including your skin, tendons and hormones, need protein.

Some amino acids are produced by your body but others can only be obtained through food. These are known as essential amino acids and there are only certain food sources that can supply the body with these. Whey protein is one of these foods.

Whey protein powder can lower your blood pressure, blood sugar and even help to reduce mild symptoms of depression and stress. It also builds up your muscle strength and leanness. Additionally, it has been shown to improve the overall function of your immune system and increase bone mineral density.

The great thing about whey protein powder is that it comes in many different flavours. Even chocolate whey protein powder has a number of different sub flavours including dark chocolate, milk chocolate and double chocolate, to name a few.

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