You want to know a secret? Packing protein into your meals cuts cravings and obliterates hunger. Plus protein helps build strong muscles, which boosts metabolism.
So add clean protein to everything! A sneaky way to add protein to smoothies is to…
wait for it…
add black beans. Sounds gross, I know, but ain’t nuthin’ gross about this tasty concoction! The beans not only add protein, but also create a smooth, thick creamy texture you are sure to love.
And as always, throw in some greens to make it a well-balanced meal!
Portions are approximate, so less water if you prefer a thicker smoothie.
In blender combine:
~3/4 cup milk (I use hemp but almond, coconut, rice, soy or cow’s milk work too)
~1/2 cup filtered water
~1/3 cup black beans (preferable cooked, but fine uncooked, from a can, rinsed and strained)
2 Tbsp cacao (coco powder)
1 Tbsp maple syrup (honey or sweetener of your choice would work too)
1 banana, frozen (you could use a raw banana + 3 cubes ice instead if you don’t store peeled frozen bananas in your freezer)
3 dashes cinnamon
Optional de-veined chard leaf or handful of spinach
[photo from nutmegnotebook.com]