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Protein Smoothie

I love a good protein smoothie and I drink one every morning to boost my energy and get me through the early part of the day. Thick and nutritious, it's all I need for breakfast. Raw ingredients make up this delicious mixture, using ripe banana as a thickening base along with protein-rich raw nuts, either one type or a mixture. I love a good mix and usually include Brazil nuts, almonds, and hazelnuts. Feel free to use one or more types. A good amount of flaxseed meal for omega-3s is always a good idea. Fresh turmeric is added as an anti-inflammatory, and also lends an earthy flavor as well. Along with a naturally sweet banana is raw coconut water to help process the mixture. A raw, vegan, smoothie loaded with protein. The next time you reach for the protein powder, think again, and try this all natural version, free of additives such as color enhancers and preservatives. Add a cup of chopped berries, mango, or papaya for different versions of this delicious protein drink.

Note: the only healthy nuts to eat are the raw kind. All processed nuts, roasted, sweetened, salted, etc... are all but useless when it comes to nutrition.

Serves 1

1-1/4 cup raw coconut water

1 ripe banana, peeled

1 handful raw nuts

2 teaspoons flaxseed meal

1 inch piece raw turmeric (optional)

In a blender, add the coconut water, nuts, flaxseed meal, and turmeric. Blend until smooth.

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