Raspberry & Nectarine Protein Smoothie
This raspberry, nectarine and vanilla protein smoothie is my new squeeze.
The thing is, myself and smoothies have a bit of a love-hate relationship. One week it’s on, the next it’s off. It’s kinda tricky to keep up with us.
But we’ll figure it out, we always do.
At the moment? Well: things are on. Like, most definitely on.
I’ve been having some form of protein smoothie or smoothie bowl for breakfast every day for almost a month. A MONTH!!!!! Guys, this is unheard of for me. Seriously. I get bored SO quickly. Usually, eating the same meal or type of meal for more than three consecutive days has me itching with the desire to try out something new.
So I figure these smoothies must be pretty damn special. And I think I know why it is. We’ve both gone away, had some time out from the relationship, and come back revitalised, inspired and ready to create something amazing.
And the best part is that it’s all happened with PERFECT TIMING. Recent life changes have thrust me into a pretty hectic schedule where fitting it all in has become quiiiite a challenge. Getting out of the door and into work for 9am following late nights filled with studying and blogging has left me with a lot less time to mull over the long, leisurely breakfasts I know and love.
So what’s a girl to do?
Answer: Make a speedy protein smoothie!
It’s literally just a two step process. Spend a few minutes the night before thinking about what fruits/veggies/protein powders/milks/yogurts/nut butters/superfoods (etc, etc, etc) you have in the house that could taste great together. My rule is to use 2 parts solids to 1 part liquid- this should ensure that your smoothie is thick enough to eat with a spoon. Then, come the next morning, place your chosen ingredients into a blender (I use a NutriBullet) and watch as it transforms before your eyes into liquid happiness. The best is definitely saved for last here, because your second and final step is to choose your toppings. Granola, nuts, seeds, banana slices, fresh berries… whatever you like, add it on! Then for goodness sake, grab a spoon and TUCK IN.
And if, like me, you often find yourself having made breakfast with no time left to eat it, simply transfer the smoothie into a container with a screw-tight lid (like a mason jar) and take it to go!
One of my recent favourites has been this raspberry, nectarine and vanilla protein smoothie. Nectarines are pretty readily available at this time of year, so I couldn’t resist adding them into the smoothie repertoire. Paired with tart, zingy raspberries, sweet banana and smooth, creamy, vanilla protein powder, it’s a dream come true. Like spring in liquid form. DELICIOUS.
I topped mine with a mixture of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, but I’ll leave the toppings up to you because I wouldn’t want to spoil your fun. Granola would be a definite winner though. Just sayin’.
- 80g banana (about 1 medium banana)
- 100g nectarine, diced (about 1 medium nectarine)
- 100g frozen raspberries
- 12g PB2 (low fat peanut butter powder)
- 75ml skimmed lactose free milk (oat, coconut or almond milk would also work well)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2tsp cinnamon
- Put the fruit, PB2, protein powder and cinnamon into a blender, followed by the milk. Blend until a thick and smooth consistency has formed.
- Pour into a glass or bowl, and top with your favourite toppings.
- Grab a spoon, and dig in!
- Protein: 30.5g
- Carbohydrate: 42g
- Fat: 6g
- DISCLAIMER: All macronutrient totals are accurately calculated based on the specific products I used. These totals may vary slightly depending on what brand supplier you use in the case of packaged goods. Therefore, all macronutrients given here are provided as a guideline only.