Cinnamon Chai Protein Smoothie

Cinnamon Chai Protein Smoothie
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Wake up with an fresh start!  Energizing, quick and easy to make, this protein & potassium packed smoothie is creamy, delicious and full of nutrients like electrolytes and antioxidants.

Perfect for breakfast, post-workout or afternoon snack, you can make your favorite smoothie ahead of time and freeze it for a grab-n-go meal.

 

Cinnamon adds more flavor and has the benefit of assisting with blood sugar control. Cinnamon may also help to lower “bad” total and LDL, triglyceride and cholesterol levels, plus boost “good” HDL cholesterol in patients with type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Maca, a Peruvian root, is considered a “superfood,” and best known for enhancing virility in men and women. Maca is typically consumed as a powder, added to foods like smoothies, oatmeal, soups.  Read more about maca, here.

Ingredients:

8 oz unsweetened coconut milk

½ frozen banana

½ cup frozen mango

1 tsp cinnamon plus extra for garnish

1 tsp maca

1 packet/scoop Vanilla Chai plant-based protein powder (I used Garden of Life today).

 

Directions:

  1. Add coconut milk to blender.
  2. Add frozen banana and mango.
  3. Add cinnamon, maca and protein powder.
  4. Blend until thick and creamy or desired texture.
  5. Pour and enjoy!

 

Substitution Ideas:

Coconut milk – almond milk, hemp milk, flax milk

Banana – avocado

Mango – papaya, pineapple

Cinnamon – nutmeg

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN is a Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and senior clinical nutritionist for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston. Stacy created and serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the award-winning, Dana-Farber website and affiliated Nutrition app. Her app and cancer video series have been featured in popular press and industry magazines. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio, podcasts, documentary films and print media.

Stacy teaches nutrition at Simmons College. She co-founded her private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC and works as a nutrition consultant and advisor for numerous businesses and non-profit organizations in the health, wellness, food and technology spaces.  She is former Chief Wellness Officer and currently sits as an Advisor for AVA, a tech-nutrition startup leveraging artificial intelligence for meal tracking, planning & expert nutrition coaching. She is featured in Lighter, the plant-based nutrition-tech tool for meal planning.

Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Stacy received a B.S. in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She enjoys yoga, running, cooking and caring for her husband, sons and dogs.