I start almost every day with a smoothie for a few reasons. First of all, it's so easy and delicious. I genuinely look forward to waking up and drinking this smoothie. Chocolate and peanut butter is always a winning combo in my books, but I also feel AMAZING after drinking this smoothie. Beneath the chocolate and peanut butter, I sneak in a ton of protein, fiber and leafy greens to nourish my body early in the day. I try to include chia and flax seeds in my diet every day for a few reasons. First of all, they're packed with fiber and healthy fats. They keep me regular, which might be TMI, but regular elimination is crucial for gut and hormonal health. It's especially important for women with a hormonal imbalance like PCOS to eat plenty of fiber because it helps stabilize blood sugar and helps old, used hormones get eliminated from the body. So not only is this breakfast insanely delicious, but is a fertility friendly, PCOS friendly, blood sugar balance friendly dish!
1 scoop chocolate flavored protein powder
1- 1.5 cups almond milk, no sugar added
1/2 banana, frozen
handful of spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp peanut butter + more to drizzle on top (only ingredients should be peanuts, no added sugar)
1-2 tsp organic cocoa powder if the spinach turns it green. I want my chocolate smoothies to look brown.
handful of ice, optional
Cacao nibs to top, optional.
Add all ingredients to a blender. Mix until combined.
Add milk/water/ice to thin it out or make it colder.
Drizzle extra peanut butter and cacao nibs on top for some crunch.