This smoothie was introduced to me by Lynn McMahan in Chicago, a gorgeous guru of all things healthy and sustainable, and it became a mainstay of my first few cleanses - it's so healthy, thanks to the green tea, berries, protein powder and psyllium. And for those of you who have not had the pleasure of introducing psyllium to your diets, it will really help clean out your system and then keep you regular going forward.
Be sure to find a cleanse-friendly protein powder. Many people forget that whey is a dairy derivative and is off limits. Many protein powders are very high in sugar content; some contain gluten. The two I’ve found are Rainbow Light Protein Energizer in Vanilla and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 50. My preference is the Manitoba Harvest – it as 15g of protein, 1200 mg omega-3, and 10 essential amino acids. And it tastes better than the Rainbow Light (in my opinion).
Use this recipe as a guideline. I typically cut it in half - a full one is really filling and has more calories. Just add a little more than a half scoop of protein powder, cut the other things in half (except the psyllium - go full strength) and you're good to go. And you can mix and match the fruits - lately I've been using just bananas and blueberries and it's really good. I've also been drinking the green tea separately and not adding it in -makes the smoothie taste more like a shake. Love it! This is a great way to start the day!
Lynn’s Fabulous Smoothie
1 scoop protein powder
½ banana (I use the same portion for the half-smoothie)
1 C unsweetened almond of soy milk
½ C brewed decaffeinated green tea (optional)
¾ C organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)
½ C organic raspberries or strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 T psyllium
2-3 packets stevia (to taste)
Pulse to desired smoothness. YUM!!!!!