A smoothie a day keeps the… Well, I don’t know about keeping the doctor away but a smoothie a day has certainly been part of my day as long as I can remember. And I know that since I upped the nutrient content of my daily smoothies a few years ago, I definitely am enjoying the health benefits of that change – fuller longer and less sugar roller coaster. As much as I love to cook and enjoy eating food, it’s just nice to have a go-to that takes 2 minutes to prepare. I know I’m giving my body something healthy that keeps me full for many hours, something some of my previous smoothies didn’t do. My current favorite is similar to my Everyday Protein Smoothie, but changing up the nut made an entirely different tasting smoothie.
A few weeks ago, I quietly placed this smoothie on my husband’s desk while he was on a work call. As thankful as he always is for the meal deliveries I make to his home office, I’m sure he thought, another day another smoothie that’s always varying degrees of green/brown/purple. Blueberries and spinach can turn a strange purple color and spinach and almond butter can be an odd shade of brown. This one was a beautiful soft shade of green – like a mint milkshake or matcha green tea latte.
The pistachios make this smoothie so creamy, it’s hard to believe it’s healthy. A generous dose of spinach and a few scoops of chia seeds are additions that I use to up the nutrient content of a smoothie – they literally have no detectable taste in any smoothie I’ve made, but they have enormous health benefits. You will stay fuller, longer with these key smoothie ingredients.
Cheers to smoothies!
Pistachio Nut Protein Smoothie
I cannot get enough of this creamy, satisfying smoothie. My husband is a big fan as well and pleased this smoothie is in heavy rotation right now for breakfast or lunch. Pistachios are a great source of fiber and healthy fats as well as high in vitamin B6 and potassium. The beautiful green from the nuts perfectly compliment the strong green color from the spinach – a staple in all of my smoothies.
- 1 cup unsweetened macadamia milk unsweetened almond milk is a good option
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder I like Be Well By Kelly brand
- ¼ cup raw pistachio nuts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 big handful fresh spinach
- ¼ cup frozen riced cauliflower
- 4-5 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.