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 senior clinical nutritionist for Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy, PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC, that sculpts individualized plans for weight management, disease prevention and management and to promote longevity. Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and Integrative Nutritionist with the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies. Stacy also serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the Dana-Farber Web site www.dana-farber.org/nutrition and affiliated app. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio and print media. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and FSND2, www.fatsickandnearlydead.com and works as the Lead Nutritionist for its affiliated company Reboot with Joe. Stacy was a key member of the start-up team who opened and operated Stacy’s Juicebar in Needham, MA. Kennedy created and oversaw execution of the menu and cleanse program (2013-2014). Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist and works in private practice to help her clients get results with simple, healthy eating strategies. 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. Stacy lectures on nutrition, weight loss, exercise and wellness behaviors to local schools, medical professionals and graduate universities. She has two sons, three dogs and lives in Wellesley, MA, just outside of Boston. Stacy enjoys cooking, juicing, hiking and yoga.