The sun is shining, the temperature is rising and that means smoothies are making a comeback on the breakfast menu. Smoothies can make for a really well balanced breakfast if you add in the right ingredients. Quite often they are a blend of fruit and fruit juice /milk, making a delicious drink but not exactly nutritionally balanced. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats make up a balanced meal so why not apply this to your smoothie too? Adding in some sources of protein and fats bumps up the nutritional profile and you get so much more than one of your 5 a day (or 10 a day as it now is!).
Don’t be put off by the cottage cheese it adds SO much to the smoothie, flavour, texture and protein (a whopping 15g with not a protein powder in sight!). In addition to the more obvious ingredients I’ve added in some cashew butter for a good dose of plant based fats and lemon zest for a little lift. I add lemon to most things as you will soon find out. This smoothie, in all honesty, is like drinking a blended up cheesecake, which is everyone’s dream right?
In terms of liquid I use use almond milk simply because that is what I tend to have in the house. You can use any other milk that you want be than plant based or dairy. The cottage cheese could be subbed for some soya yoghurt or maybe even some silken tofu ( I haven’t tried this but if you do let me know how it goes!).
Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie (Serves 1)
1 Frozen Banana
1 cup Frozen Blueberries
½ cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese
½ cup Almond Milk
¼ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon of Cashew Butter
A good grating of Lemon Zest, ~¼ Lemon
There really isn’t a complex method here. Simply pop all the ingredients into a blender and whizz it up, add in some extra almond milk if you like it a little thinner, less if you like it a little thicker.
Top with some extra blueberries and an other toppings, granola is great for a little crunch. The most deliciously indulgent smoothie ❤
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