This lightly sweet smoothie is packed with protein and is the perfect way to start the day!
I love smoothies because they are easy, convenient and healthy. But let’s be honest, making the same smoothie daily can get boring. Yawn. I’ve tried mixing up what fruit I am using. I’ve tried using different vegetables and nut butters. Eh. Still feeling bored. And then I remembered an oldie-but-a-goodie, my Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie. I love adding oats to my smoothies because it makes them thicker and adds a wonderful texture. And that’s when it hit me, why not add quinoa instead?
We all know that quinoa is a seed that is loaded with plant-based protein, right? But have you tried quinoa flakes before? Basically they look just like oats but they are quinoa instead. I know, absolutely brilliant!
These quinoa flakes are so versatile. I love them for breakfast (picture it looking just like oatmeal), adding them to meatballs, using them in my overnight oats and now SMOOTHIES! They add a wonderful thick texture and most of all, protein!
Coconut Quinoa Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
- cinnamon for topping
Blend all of the ingredients except cinnamon in a blender until smooth.
Top with cinnamon if desired. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to a day for guaranteed freshness.
So why not try this today and break yourself out of YOUR smoothie rut?