Studies show that eating a protein rich breakfast can help anchor your hunger and keep you feeling full all the way to lunch time.  Shop for almonds with the skins on, that’s where the 20 antioxidant-rich, heart healthy compounds hang out. If you can’t locate the chia protein powder, add a pinch of cardamom and ground clove to recreate the chia flavor.

*Quality ingredients are key, especially when it comes to making smoothies for health benefits, taste and texture. I recommend using Vega One plant-based protein powder which is made from the best ingredients, tastes great and blends well. For post-workout shakes, try Vega Sport plant-based protein powder with Glutamine and Branched Chain Amino Acids added to help with muscle recovery. *Mike, add Vega affiliate link here

Ingredients Serves 1

1 scoop Vega One Vanilla Chai or Vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons almonds
1 cup ice
1 cup plain, unsweetened almond or coconut milk
¼ teaspoon almond extract, optional

Place the protein powder, almonds, ice, milk, and almond extract if using in a blender and process until smooth. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to adjust the consistency of the shake. Serve immediately.

Tip: This is a great base recipe that can be modified by trying different protein powder flavors, adding frozen berries or half a banana.  For peanut butter lovers, try low-cal PB2 powdered peanut butter in additional to almonds.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving
(Serving size: 2 1/4 cups)
270 calories, 31g protein, 4g sugars, 9g carbohydrates,  12g fat (1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 4g fiber, 389mg sodium

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