Start your day healthy- Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Before writing this post I did a little research on rituals and benefits of a healthy morning routine and there is so much information out there telling us how we begin our day makes such a big difference. If I get the coffee made  before my toddler shoves her hand in the dog food I call that success! But some other suggestions include planning the night before, set your intentions for the day, drink lemon water, let natural light into your room, and get moving.

Many articles and studies kept saying eat a wholesome breakfast. I realized during both pregnancies, I needed to eat enough protein at every meal to prevent feeling even more sluggish than I already felt carrying around this baby belly. I started making protein smoothies because they are quick, portable,  and they actually keep me full and energized. My toddler will also happily share a smoothie with me which is amazing. Anyone with a toddler knows it is like the medieval gladiator games to get them to eat anything decent.

I wanted to share one of my smoothie favorites.
For any delicious smoothie you need a liquid base(milk or milk alternative), a protein (Greek yogurt, nut butter or protein powder), blender, and some fruit or flavoring. For this smoothie I used Sprouts Vanilla Vegan protein powder, 2% milk, frozen cherries, frozen bananas and chia seeds. You can find the full recipe below.

Banana Split Protein Smoothie

1/2 cup of 2% milk
1 scoop/serving of Vanilla protein powder
1/2 Banana
1 cup of frozen dark sweet cherries
1 tsp of chia seeds
A couple ice cubes and a splash of water to help blend/liquefy

Mix in blender until smooth.

I always put the milk in first followed by the protein powder and swirl it around a bit to help with blending.

So delicious, filled with vitamins and minerals, approximately 25g of protein and 300 calories. I hope you enjoy.

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