You can thank all of the super-ingredients in this delicious and easy smoothie for the metabolic boost this drink provides. Plus the taste is absolutely fantastic and no greens are required!
We’ve finally made it to Australia and wow has it been an exciting journey!! We made the 30+ hour travel to Perth last week so I apologize for being absent in responding to comments, e-mails, social media, etc. And as we are adjusting to the 15 hour time difference I may still be a bit slow. Turns out trying to get an 18-month old to change his entire schedule is going to be quite the feat. Read = any advice greatly appreciated!
I really can’t complain one bit though because he was SUCH a trooper on all the long airplane rides. There were a few meltdowns and a couple of tantrums, but overall he did fantastic. A nice man that sat right behind us on our long flight (17 hours) said little Grey did “quite remarkable really.” I can’t even tell you all how nervous I was for making these long flights with such an active little guy! So grateful it all went so well 🙂
Right now we are living in a hotel while we are looking for a place to live. Hopefully we’ll all be settled in somewhere within the week. But in the meantime, being right in the center of the city has been wonderful. Plus we aren’t too far from King’s Park which is the most beautiful park I’ve ever been to. I’m hoping to have some pictures of the area sometime this weekend so stay tuned.
Okay, so let’s shift gears here and talk about this smoothie and why it’s going to boost your metabolism!! But before I get ahead of myself, why do you want to boost your metabolism? Well, boosting your metabolism is key to losing weight — a higher metabolism allows you to burn more calories.
One way to boost your metabolism is to eat more protein. Eating more protein isn’t going to make you magically lose lots of weight, but if you pair protein with exercise, it will help you to burn more calories. Plus, protein is generally more filling so adding protein to your diet will keep you more full for longer (read: less snacking!) SOO naturally, there is some protein in this shake. Greek yogurt is packed with protein which is why I specify using Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt. The almonds and almond milk are also great sources of protein.
In addition to being excellent sources of protein, the almonds and almond milk are also packed with fiber. Eating more fiber is another way to “boost” your metabolism. Fiber actually can’t be digested by the body, but of course the body tries to digest it anyways. As the body attempts to digest the fiber, calories are being expended in the process. Your body will expend more calories digesting high fiber foods (such as almonds) than it will digesting refined carbs or sugars. The unsweetened coconut flakes are also a rich source of dietary fiber.
And finally, fruit can also help boost your metabolism — particularly blueberries! A study found that eating a cup (included in this smoothie recipe!!) of blueberries per week can “lower blood pressure and perhaps speed up metabolism, due mostly to their high levels of anthocyanins.” (Anthocyanins are a type of antioxidant that are prevalent in blueberries.)
So there you have it! All of the ingredients in this smoothie that are going to rev up your metabolism and leave your body feeling refreshed, detoxed, and energized!
- 1 (5.3 ounces) Greek Yogurt (I used 100 calorie Key Lime flavored)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 large banana
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
- 2 tablespoons raw almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon truvia, or sub another sweetener
- Peel the banana and slice into coins. Place the coins in a sealed bag in the freezer the night before making this smoothie.
- Combine the Key Lime Greek yogurt, almond milk, frozen blueberries, frozen banana, unsweetened coconut, almonds, and sweetener in a large blender.
- Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately.
Here are some more healthy breakfast ideas: