Too busy for lunch? Stay full for up to 4 hours with this high-protein smoothie!
Aloha, beauties! I bring you this awesome recipe today after numerous conversations with my personal training clients about ideas for lunches that are easy, fast and if necessary, be be eaten on the go.
So few people in the UK (not just Southampton!) actually even take a lunch break, and even if they do it often gets eaten at their desk while working. And if you’re distracted while eating, you’re far more likely to overeat having eaten mindlessly! And I speak from experience, which you can read about here (it involves Chesney Hawkes following me on Twitter – FACT…)
I’ve never understood how anyone can be expected to function properly and actually do their job to the best of their ability, without having the correct fuel in them in the first place! If I’ve got a busy day of personal training my lovely clients and/or teaching a Boot camp class,there would be no way I’d ever expect myself to be able to if I hadn’t fuelled myself properly.
My clients often contact me feeling lost/confused about the vast array of conflicting food/diet info available to us these days and struggle with what is the ‘right thing’ for them. This is why we work closely together to identify what improvements can be made in their day-to-day life, in order to reach their personal goals.
If they are not taking a lunch break for instance, we look at why that is and how we can change it. If they travel a lot, we explore simple foods and recipes that can be eaten on the go (in the car for example) or that they can prepare in advance.
That’s why this smoothie is such a hit!
It’s extremely low sugar so will not cause a ‘spike’. It contains (among other things as you’ll see below) the extremely filling acai berry puree and hemp protein powder (both are available on Amazon or from your local health shop, in case these type of ingredients baffle you!)
The maca powder is also optional, depending on what time of the day you decide to drink it (it might keep you a bit awake, given it is an adaptogen so I wouldn’t recommend adding the maca if you’re drinking it after 3pm!)
It’s the surprise ingredient of frozen cauliflower that really bulks it up though (don’t worry you can’t taste it!) 😉 You can also blend it to your desired thickness; one of my personal training clients likes it super thick as that texture reminds her of ice cream!
If you have more time to sit and eat it, it can also be poured into a bowl and topped with seeds, coconut or the energy-boosting bee pollen, and eaten with a spoon.
Enjoy and let me know how long it keeps you full for! Gen x
- - 400ml organic almond or cashew milk (my favourite brand is Plenish)
- - 1/2 inch fresh ginger
- - 1 packet frozen acai berry puree or 2 tbspns acai berry powder (my favourite brand is ama-vida available online)
- - 2 tbspns hemp or pea protein powder (my favourite brand is Pulsin)
- - 1/4 ripe avocado
- - small handful frozen cauliflower
- - 2 tbspns cinnamon
- - 1 tsp almond butter
- Optional: 1 tbspn maca powder (for an extra energy boost!)
- Blend everything in your blender until it reaches your desired thickness
- You could always add more cinnamon if you'd like it a bit sweeter
- Substitute the nut milk for hemp milk and the almond butter for tahini if you have a nut allergy