I thought it would be fun to revisit this yummy, healthy breakfast smoothie recipe!
This has been my daily go to breakfast now for sixteen months… I don’t miss a single day.
It’s that yummy and that healthy.
If you’re a probiotic-and-enzyme-taker, you’ll want to keep reading!
I am a shameless fan of smoothies. I love anything that even remotely tastes like a milkshake! 🙂
Since breakfast is a super important meal of the day, I like to have something on hand that will jump start my metabolism and get my tummy in good shape right from the start.
As a mommy who has had to invest a lot of time, energy (and, yes, money) into getting my digestive tract healthy, I am especially conscious of making sure I get enough enzymes and probiotics on a regular basis.
For years, I dealt with the very-not-so-fun symptoms of IBS. Much to my surprise, the missing link in my health issues was not fiber… it was probiotics, enzymes, and a gluten allergy.
As a busy homeschooling mom, I never, ever, ever skip breakfast. But I don’t always have time to do anything fancy or complicated, so something QUICK that includes my daily regimen of vitamins, probiotics and enzymes is a no brainer for me.
This shake does it all, folks!
And, you might say, it kind of gets me going in the morning. And that’s very good news for a girl who has dealt with IBS. 🙂
So, here’s how I make my super yummy, healthy breakfast smoothie.
By the way, if you’re expecting something complicated, you’re about to be disappointed. Sorely.
I am a low maintenance gal, so I do things that are easily accomplished in the least amount of time.
This smoothie takes about sixty seconds to make and has a total of three ingredients.
What I use:
- almond milk
- my favorite Lifestyle shake mix
- my blender
First, you’ll need some fruit! I love to use frozen strawberries in my smoothies to make them nice and frosty, but you an use whatever kind you like best. For this smoothie, I used one banana and about one cup of organic, frozen strawberries (from Aldi). A slightly over-ripe banana adds extra sweetness, by the way!
Place about 12 ounces of liquid into your blender. I use a Blendtec (this pretty, red one), so I just fill my pitcher up to the 12-ounce line with unsweetened almond milk. You can use whatever kind of beverage you like- orange juice, whole milk, raw milk, coconut milk, almond milk. If you have kefir on hand, that would be a fantastic, healthy option, too!
Next, I grabbed my Thrive Lifestyle shake mix. This is the fantastic product I discovered sixteen months ago by Le-vel. It’s a super nutrient-dense mix that is full of protein, raw vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and premium grade probiotics and enzymes.
I’ll give you a break down of the nutrient content of the shake in a minute, but for now… I just use one scoop of the Lifestyle Shake mix and sprinkle it right on top of the almond milk, banana and frozen strawberries.
Time to make a smoothie! I usually remember to slap the lid on the pitcher. Usually.
Yes, I have literally “blown up” my smoothies by forgetting to put the lid on my pretty, red Blendtec before I hit the “smoothie” button.
Anyway! After the lid is securely in place on the pitcher, I hit the “smoothie” button and watch it whirl. It’s pretty and pink (from the strawberries)! And frothy!
After about 49 seconds, the smoothie is DONE.
That’s a nutrient-packed breakfast shake in under a minute.
So healthy and delish!
I have always been a “breakfast person,” but many mornings I find that this smoothie does the trick for me.
It’s protein-rich, so it satisfies my hunger, plus revs my metabolism for the day.
The vitamins and minerals give my body a good boost in the morning, the amino acids feed my brain, and the enzyme and probiotics get things moving in the right direction.
That’s a mean breakfast shake, if you ask me!
I rarely go a morning without this nutritious shake, and if I do skip a few days I can tell a huge difference in my digestive health.
Now, let’s take a quick look at what all is in this breakfast smoothie (besides the almond milk and fruit, that is)-
These are amounts per serving/scoop of the Lifestyle shake mix.
- Protein- 15 grams (hormone-and-antibiotic-free Whey, Pea and non-GMO Soy protein blend)
- Dietary Fiber- 5 grams
- Carbs– 9 grams (low carb!)
- Fat- 2 grams
- Calories- 110 grams
- Sugars- 2 grams (in the forms of stevia and cold pressed sucralose)
- Vitamin A (as beta carotene)- 2,500 IU (50% of daily needed amount)
- Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)- 24 mg (40% of daily needed)
- Vitamin D (as cholecalceferol)- 200 IU (50% of daily needed)
- Vitamin E (acts as a natural preservative)- 10.5 IU
- Thiamine (as thiamin hydrochloride)- 750 mcg (50% of daily needed)
- Riboflavin– 850 mcg (50% of daily needed)
- Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)- 1 mg (50% of daily needed)
- Folate (as folic acid)- 200 mcg (50% of daily needed)
- Biotin– 135 mcg (45% of daily needed)
- Panthothenic Acid (as d-calcium panthothenate)- 4 grams (40% of daily needed)
- Calcium (as tricalcium phosphate)- 400 mg (40% of daily needed)
- Iodine- 60 mcg (40% of daily needed)
- Magnesium (as magnesium citrate)- 100 mcg (25% of daily needed)
- Zinc (as zinc methionine)- 6.75 mcg (45% of daily needed)
- Selenium (as selenium chelate)- 14 mcg (20% of daily needed)
- Copper (as copper chelate)- 1 mg (50% of daily needed)
- Manganese (as manganese chelate)- 600 mcg (30% of daily needed)
- Chromium (as Chromium polynicotinate)- 60 mcg (50% of daily needed)
- Molybdenum (as sodium chelate)- 38 mcg (50% of daily needed)
- Proprietary Blend- garcinia fruit extract, oat fiber, natural caffeine from black tea, lactobacillus acidolphilus, rice bran, amylase 5000, bromelian 600GDU, carmodon seed extract, cellulase 1000, ginger root, lipase1000, papain 6000, protease 100, cinnamon bark extract
This is my favorite protein/probiotic/enzyme/aminoc acid/vitamin/mineral shake ever!
It’s a pretty amazing way to start the day for this busy mama!
Read more about Thrive & the Lifestyle shake here.
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Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.