Real talk: It was really, really hard to wait and take these pictures before diving into this smoothie.
In fact, I was so excited about drinking it that promptly upon finishing the pictures, I picked it up and shoved the straw into my mouth so fast that I hit my tooth. Either that’s proof of how amazingly delicious this smoothie is… or proof that I’m just that clumsy.
On second thought, it might be both. 😉
Anyhoo, moving onto more important topics now… Are you getting enough fiber?
I know that fiber isn’t a sexy topic for most people, but it’s really important! According to the Institute of Medicine, women need about 25 grams of fiber every day and men need an average of 38 grams per day. Of course, these are just guidelines and every person’s body may be different.
I’ve actually found that my body functions best with a minimum of 35 grams of fiber since fiber helps with stabilizing blood sugar. In addition to controlling blood sugar, fiber helps to maintain bowel health, lower cholesterol levels, and aids in weight loss since fiber helps you to feel fuller.
Not surprisingly, our bodies get fiber from whole foods and one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to focus on eating clean, unprocessed foods. However, I know how busy life can get and I know that eating several servings of vegetables at every single meal may not be realistic for most of us every day. Can you relate?
In an effort to sneak even more fiber into my diet, I’ve been adding a fiber supplement from Bob’s Red Mill to my afternoon smoothie and wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you! Whether you’re trying to eat cleaner and healthier overall, increase your energy, reduce your sugar cravings, or create a leaner body, I think you’ll really enjoy this Fiber-ful Green Smoothie!
This Fiber-ful Green Smoothie uses one of my favorite protein and fiber nutritional boosters from Bob’s Red Mill. This blend contains pea protein powder, chicory root fiber, chia seeds, psyllium fiber, and probiotics. I love that it’s gluten-free, vegan, unsweetened, and is a good source of omega-3’s because of the chia seeds. Each serving adds 20 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber!
I wrote this recipe to be a bit flexible so depending on the ingredients you choose, this smoothie can provide as much as 18 grams of fiber in a serving!
A few notes about the recipe:
- You can find the protein and fiber supplement I used on Bob’s Red Mill as well as Amazon. If this nutritional booster doesn’t work for your dietary needs, you can always add pure chia seeds to your smoothie to increase fiber intake.
- I prefer to blend whole nuts with water directly into my smoothie instead of using homemade or store-bought nut milk. However, you can substitute the cashews and water for 1 cup of nut milk if desired.
- I opt for low-sugar smoothies as much as possible so I typically make this smoothie with 1/2 avocado and stevia to sweeten it up a bit. However, you can also add fruit in place of the avocado if desired.
What are your favorite ways to sneak more fiber into your diet? Leave a comment below!
- 2 tablespoons raw cashews
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups spinach or dark, leafy greens (e.g. kale, collards, etc)
- ⅓ cup Bob's Red Mill protein & fiber nutritional booster
- 1 serving of fruit OR ½ avocado
- 3 ice cubes
- Stevia to taste, if desired
- Add cashews, water, and greens to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.