Lately I’ve been breaking my fast with this delicious Banana Almond Butter Collagen Smoothie recipe. The boost of healthy, fiber-filled carbs, good fats and collagen protein makes it the perfect balanced meal for your first meal of the day, whenever that is.
I shared in a blog post earlier this week that I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting for about two months now, and I’m loving the way my body and my digestion feels from doing it.
But when you’re cutting back your eating window, it’s so important that the foods you eat during your eating window are really nutrient dense in macronutrients and micronutrients.
Lately I’ve been breaking my fast with this delicious, nutrient dense Banana Almond Butter Collagen Smoothie recipe, and it’s perfect for the first meal of the day. For me, that’s been around noon since I’ve been intermittent fasting.
Let’s talk about all the nutrition that’s in this yummy collagen smoothie recipe…
Vanilla Collagen Protein
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins found in the body, but natural collagen production declines as we age. Collagen is also beneficial for skin, hair and nail support as well. A protein-packed beauty food? Yes please! I love the Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel in vanilla coconut, which I order from Thrive Market and save almost $10 off regular retail price. Have you tried Thrive Market yet? If not, click here to get up to $20 in shopping credit when you purchase a Thrive Market membership!
Almond butter is loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. It’s high in monounsaturated fat, which are the same kind of healthy fats that are found in olives and avocados and are beneficial for your body in so many ways – satiety, heart health, gorgeous skin, metabolism, healthy hormones and so much more.
Bananas are loaded with fiber which helps to improve digestion, helps to moderate blood sugar levels and makes them a filling food. They’re also loaded with vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the heart and kidneys. I always freeze very ripe bananas (don’t ever throw away a brown banana!) to use in my smoothies. Frozen bananas helps to give smoothies like this banana almond butter collagen smoothie a creamy, satisfying texture. Yum!
Medjool dates are rich in important minerals like magnesium and potassium and are an excellent source of fiber, which of course we know is beneficial for digestive health. They’re also a great source of natural energy. Plus, they taste like caramel! I always pick up medjool dates from Trader Joe’s, they have a great price on theirs.
Cacao nibs are made from crushed cocoa beans. Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate and the one that allows you to reap the most benefits. Cacao is one of the foods in nature that is highest in magnesium, a mineral that many people are deficient in, and it’s loaded with antioxidants which help to bring down inflammation in the body. It’s also a natural mood and energy booster and an inflammation reducer thanks to theobromine which is found in cacao, and it contains a compound called phenylethylamine which stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers. This chemical naturally occurs in the body when we are in love and also when we achieve orgasm. A superfood indeed! I buy my cacao nibs from Thrive Market.
Maca is an adaptogenic root that you eat in powder form, and it comes from a plant that’s native to Peru and Bolivia. It’s known to help balance hormones, and it’s loaded with amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Because it’s an adaptogenic food, maca may be able to help our bodies cope with stress, and many people also claim that it helps to boost both energy and sex drive (praise be!). Maca has somewhat of a malt-like flavor, which makes it perfect for smoothies. The maca in this smoothie is completely optional and it will still be delicious without it, but if you have some or want to try it, I highly recommend it. I buy my maca powder from Thrive Market.
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Banana Almond Butter Collagen Smoothie Recipe (Dairy Free, Gluten Free)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 frozen ripe banana, broken into small pieces
- 2 medjool dates, pits removed
- 1 serving vanilla collagen protein powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- Big handful of spinach or kale (optional)
- Shake of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ice for blending
- Add all ingredients except the ice to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the ice to the blender and blend again until smooth. Add more ice if you want the smoothie thicker, and less ice to make it into a thinner consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy.