Almond Cinnamon Smoothie

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Almond Cinnamon Smoothie
(Lindy’s Morning, but sometimes late afternoon Smoothie)

Last month we delved into the subject of protein powders and what constitutes a healthy one. This month I want to provide you with an energizing and blood sugar stabilizing smoothie that is a daily staple for me.

With this smoothie, I never measure ingredients. I’ve been doing this long enough to eyeball. Most of the amounts and ingredients can be tweaked to your liking and taste. This is not overly sweet so your taste buds may need to adjust (you are not drinking a Mickey D’s milkshake).

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 – 14 ounces unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk (Almond Breeze, So Delicious etc; I like vanilla flavored)
  • ½ Banana (can be frozen)
  • ¼ Cup Slivered Almonds (I like slivered almonds instead of sliced with skins; I soak almonds overnight to remove some of the phytic acid).
  • 1 Tbls Almond Butter
  • 1 Tbls Flax or Chia seeds
  • 1 – 2 scoops of low glycemic Protein Powder (I use RAWFit often)
  • 1 – 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ½ Cup of Veggies (optional: Avocado, Baby Kale, Baby Spinach etc)

DIRECTIONS

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, serve and enjoy.

2 Comments

  1. Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:12 am by Vandella Christ

    I like your recipes but I’ d like to know the carb counts on these. Would be helpful since I find counting carbs to be helpful in controlling my sugar.

  2. Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:39 am by Lindy Ford

    Hey Van, that is a great question because I also am careful about the carbs I consume (blood sugar issues). In regards to the Almond Smoothie, because there are so many different protein powders, the carb count can only be determined by knowing which one you use. I always use a low carb brand like Garden of Life’s RAWFit. . the other good thing about this one is that it has blood sugar stabilizing nutrients (like Cinnamon) in it. Almonds, almond butter and almond milk (unsweetened) have low carb counts. For the sauce, make sure you use ingredients with no added sugar. The sauce needs to be used in moderation because Tomato sauce can be slightly glycemic. This is why I use spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Any pastas will be high in carbohydrates. I hope this helps. My recipes are typically low glycemic depending on the ingredients used.

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