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Berry Banana Coffee Smoothie

Berry banana coffee smoothie and Best Friend rose

Berry banana coffee smoothie has a tart and gives you an energy boost! It will wake you up and get your day started on a healthfully. It is a low-calorie, tasty and rich smoothie with many potential health benefits.

Berry banana coffee smoothie has a tart and gives you an energy boost!

Protein Powder: A Nutritious Add-In


Adding protein powder to your coffee smoothies is an excellent way to increase your protein intake. This is particularly beneficial for morning workouts. The protein assists recovery and the caffeine gives a much-needed energy boost. There are many plant-based protein powders on the market that provide a creamy texture.


The Benefits of Greek Yogurt in Coffee Smoothies


Adding plant-based Greek yogurt to your coffee smoothies adds a boost of protein and gives a creamy texture. Other plant-based non-dairy yogurt can be used as a substitute to achieve a similar creaminess. Yoghurt can make your coffee smoothies both filling and healthy.


Plant-Bassed Milk


Plant-based milk, such as oat milk or almond milk, can transform your average coffee smoothie recipe. Almond milk adds a subtle nutty flavour that complements instant coffee.

For those who love a hint of tropical flavour, use coconut milk. This rich, creamy milk gives body to the smoothie, making it more satiating.


Frozen Fruit: A Versatile Smoothie Addition


Adding frozen fruit to your smoothies is an excellent way to enhance flavour and texture. Whether it's frozen berries, frozen banana, or a mix of both. These ingredients give your coffee smoothie a thick and frosty taste and texture.


Frozen blueberries are best for the coffee smoothie recipe. The frozen blueberries chill the smoothie making it more refreshing. Frozen bananas and berries complement the flavours of coffee. They add colour and give a natural sweetness. If you are not using any frozen ingredients use ice cubes.


Why Add Maple Syrup


Maple syrup is perfect for sweetening your coffee smoothies without being overpowering. A small drizzle can enhance the natural sweetness. Its sweetness makes it an ideal addition to healthy coffee smoothies.


Instant Coffee: Quick and Convenient


Using instant coffee in your smoothies is a smart move for those who need a quick caffeine boost but don’t have the time to brew a pot of coffee. Instant coffee granules dissolve easily in both hot and cold mixtures. This makes them a convenient choice for your coffee smoothies. One teaspoon can give your smoothie a delicious coffee flavour. Ideal for busy mornings or a post-workout caffeine boost. If you don't want a caffeine rush, instant decaffeinated coffee works just as well.


Enhancing Flavors with Vanilla and Cocoa


A touch of vanilla extract can enhance the flavour profile of your coffee smoothie recipe. Vanilla adds a warm, aromatic depth to the coffee and maple syrup. For those who love a richer, more decadent flavour, add unsweetened cocoa powder. Cocoa creates a chocolate coffee smoothie that satisfies both coffee and chocolate lovers. It delivers a luxurious morning coffee that delights the taste buds.


Potential Health Benefits of Individual Ingredients


Coconut Milk:


  • Provides essential minerals like potassium and magnesium for heart health and muscle function.


Mixed Berries (Dark Berries):


  • Rich in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, which can help protect cells from oxidative stress and inflammation.

  • High in fibre, promoting digestive health and helping to control blood sugar levels.


Kale:


  • Excellent source of vitamin K, essential for blood clotting and bone health.

  • Contains a range of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that may have anti-inflammatory properties.


Banana:


  • Good source of potassium, which supports heart health and helps regulate blood pressure.

  • Provides vitamin B6, essential for brain development and function.


Coffee (in moderation):


  • Contains caffeine, which can temporarily boost alertness and cognitive function.

  • Coffee consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of certain diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and type 2 diabetes when consumed in moderation.

  • Chia Seeds or Flaxseeds:


Flax / Linseeds:

  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory.

  • High in dietary fibre, aiding in digestion and promoting a feeling of fullness.

  • May help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health.


Nutrients and Dietary Components

Vitamins:

  • Vitamin C (from berries and banana)

  • Vitamin K (from kale)

  • B-vitamins (in small amounts )


Minerals:

  • Potassium (from banana and coconut milk)

  • Magnesium (from banana and or flaxseeds)

  • Calcium (from coconut milk and kale)

  • Iron (in small amounts from kale)

  • Phosphorus (from coconut milk and flaxseeds)

Other:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (from flaxseeds)

  • Dietary fibre (from mixed berries, kale, and chia seeds or flaxseeds)

  • Antioxidants and Phytonutrients:

  • Antioxidants (from mixed berries)

  • Chlorophyll (from kale)

  • Polyphenols and flavonoids (from berries and coffee)


Berry Banana Coffee Smoothie


Berry banana coffee smoothie ingredients

Ingredients


Berry banana coffee smoothie and Best Friend rose

1 cup low-fat coconut milk (or other plant-based mylk)

1 cup of dark mixed berries, frozen

3 cubes of kale, frozen (or about 1 cup of fresh)

1 banana

1 shot of coffee

1 tablespoon of chia seeds or flaxseeds (linseeds)


Optional: 1 dried date if you prefer sweeter smoothies


Directions


  1. Place the following ingredients in a blender.

  2. Blend everything until smooth. Start at a low speed and gradually increase to high, usually taking about 1-2 minutes.

  3. Check the consistency. If it's too thick, add a bit more water and blend again.

  4. Pour the smoothie into a glass, and enjoy!



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