Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Every once in a while I’ll find a recipe that I just have to share; especially when it’s as delicious and healthy for you as this blueberry protein smoothie is:
Blueberry Protein Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- 2 raw free range eggs (or 1 scoop protein powder)
- 1 Cup frozen organic blueberries
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon Powder
- 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth and frothy. I prefer using raw eggs over protein powder because it gives it a nice smooth texture and a delicious creamy taste, but the choice is yours. Also, raw eggs give you a lot more nutritional benefit than the protein powder, especially if you’re replacing a meal with this smoothie.
I drink a blueberry protein smoothie every day either to replace breakfast or lunch, and since I’ve been doing so (about a month now), I’ve been feeling really great. I’ll go over the benefits of each ingredient and you’ll understand why.
Benefits of Each Ingredient in the Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Unsweetened Coconut Milk:
First of all, I use unsweetened coconut milk in my blueberry protein smoothie (and as a base for most of my other smoothies) because the last thing you want is sugar in any form other than how it appears in nature. This keeps the glycemic index down and doesn’t spike your blood sugar.
The natural sweetness and texture of coconut milk may seem like it’s unhealthy for you, but it’s anything but. In fact, coconut milk, coconut oil, and coconut water are three of the healthiest miracle foods you can consume.
- Promotes heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
- Builds lean muscle and helps burn fat
- Provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue
- Helpful for weight loss
- Improves digestion and relieves constipation
- Can help manage blood sugar and control diabetes
- May help prevent anemia
- Helps prevent joint inflammation and arthritis
- Helps prevent ulcers
And that’s only the first ingredient. Let’s see what the rest do…
Raw, Organic, Free Range Eggs
Some people have a fear of eating raw eggs due to over inflation of the salmonella risk by the media. While it’s true that there is a small risk…it is a VERY VERY small risk.
The inside of an egg is one of the most sterile environments on earth. The salmonella lives in the feces that are on the outside of the shell, so as long as you rinse the shells really good under hot water prior to cracking them into your smoothie, you’re pretty safe.
I’ve been consuming raw eggs in smoothies for over 30 years and I strongly believe the benefits far outweigh the risks. But if it makes you feel uneasy, just use a scoop of protein powder instead.
- Very rich in protein. (Just 1 egg yolk contains around 6 grams)
- High in inflammation fighting antioxidants
- Promote nervous system function due to high amounts of choline
- High levels of zinc promote a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation
- Great for bone health and immune function due to high levels of vitamin D
- High levels of Omega 3 oils promote brain and heart health
- Extremely easy to digest so nutrients are quickly bio-available
Blueberries are one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world, and they are the king when it comes to antioxidants. Also, the high levels of proanthocyanidins make them a very powerful cancer fighter. Just one cup of blueberries a day will do wonders for your health.
- Combat aging due to high levels of antioxidants
- Promote brain health due to high levels of gallic acid
- Cancer Fighter due to gallic acid destroying cancer cells and protecting healthy cells
- Supports digestion due to high levels of soluble fiber
- Can reduce risk of heart attack by up to 33 percent (just a cup a day)
- Protects and nourishes the skin due to high levels of resveritrol
- Aids in weight loss due to low glycemic index and high soluble fiber
Not only is cinnamon a delicious spice; it’s been used for thousands of years as a powerful natural medicine. Here are some of the benefits:
- High source of antioxidants
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties
- Protects heart health
- Fights diabetes
- Protects brain function
- May help lower cancer risk
- Anti-bacterial – Anti-viral
- Protects dental health – fights bad breath
- Can help prevent and cure candida overgrowth (candidiasis)
- Promotes healthy skin
- Helps fight allergies
- Sweetens recipes without adding sugar
- Natural food preservative
Honey is sweet, delicious, and highly, highly nutritious. Did I say “highly nutritious”? Raw unpasteurized honey is what I would consider to be a super food. It is produced naturally by bees from the nectar of flowers.
It is still a sugar, but not a “refined sugar” and therefore is much better for you than any kind of refined sugar from sugar cane. Being that it is still a sugar, it should be used moderately and responsibly, but replacing refined sugar with raw honey will give you major health benefits.
- Healthy weight management
- Counters pollen allergies
- Natural energy source
- Antioxidant powerhouse
- Promotes sleep
- Heals wounds and ulcers
- Fights diabetes (especially when combined with cinnamon)
- Natural cough syrup (just as good as over the counter cough medicine)
There you have it….
Now you have a delicious, easy-to-make, extremely healthy meal replacement smoothie that you can consume every day. Replace just one meal a day with this and you are well on your way to vibrant health.
Think about it…replacing just one meal a day with this smoothie and you are changing 1/3 of your diet to healthy, wholesome goodness.
Have a great day!
Dr Gary Danko
Garys Healing Hands LLC