With wedding season just around the corner, I’ve been trying to keep it as low-carb and low-sugar as possible (save the occasional bout of day-drinking or late night Ris A chicken run…). As I’ve mentioned before, this past year and a half I’ve been making a concerted effort to be nice to my body, and over the course of this journey I’ve discovered that in addition to less partying and regular exercise, eating clean is an integral part of that. As it turns out, my foray into the paleo lifestyle is more than just a passing fling.
So, I’m jumping back in and sharing a few more healthy, predominantly paleo recipes I’ve been working on. First up: the yummiest vegan, paleo breakfast smoothie with only five ingredients!
This recipe was inspired by the people in my life (Patrik, my mom) who love ordering smoothies that are basically desserts. I’m talking about the types of smoothies that typically serve as a meal replacement and come laden with coconut flakes or cacao nibs. Honey, bananas and nut butters are also frequent characters. These types of smoothies typically set you back 6-7 EUR a pop in Berlin and often taste a bit off balance. Hey smoothie purveyors of Berlin — just because you’re throwing a bunch of expensive, trendy ingredients together into a blender doesn’t guarantee the resulting product is gonna taste good!
This smoothie has the perfect balance of fruitiness, nuttiness and sweetness. It’s filling enough to tide you over for your morning yoga or spin sesh but not so filling that you risk having it come back up mid-workout. ;) I used raw peanut butter this time since almond butter was about 10x more expensive at the BioMarkt, so technically my smoothie wasn’t 100% paleo. If you’re trying to keep it strict paleo, splurge for a raw nut butter like almond or cashew. The resulting flavor combination should be the same. Also, it’s definitely worth it to use frozen banana, for that extra creamy consistency.