I like to keep a stash of smoothie packets in the freezer of fruits I don't often buy at the store. It makes it really easy to grab frozen fruit for a smoothie without having to think too far ahead. Packets of acai berry and cherry-mango are freezer staples along with fruits I've prepped and frozen myself. For the seeds, you can buy these ground, or you can grind your own seeds in a coffee grinder. You get the most nutrients from freshly ground seeds so it's worth the couple of seconds it takes to toss them in the grinder and push the button.
Counting up the protein you get from the fruits as well as the hefty dose from the seeds, this smoothie packs about 14.5 grams of protein in a refreshing, sweet smoothie with a spicy bite. For an extra boost of protein and healthy fats, add in half an avocado. That will add about 2 more grams of protein along with about 5 grams of fiber and a boat-load of potassium and other vitamins, plus a smooth, mild flavor. You just can't go wrong adding avocado to a smoothie!
Prep time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Yield:1 large smoothie
Jalepeño-Lime Mango Protein Smoothie
1 small banana
1 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Mango smoothie pack (or 3/4 cup frozen mango)
1 heaping Tablespoon chopped jalepeño (about 1/2 a small pepper)
1 cup unsweetened original almond milk (or coconut milk)
1 Tablespoon flaxseed, ground
1 Tablespoon chia seeds, ground
2 Tablespoon hemp seed, ground
1/2 lime, freshly squeezed
1/2 avocado (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Process ingredients until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and enjoy!