Whip up an easy banana and yogurt smoothie, with a kick of coffee. Protein, fiber and caffeine? It will give you a morning jolt, for certain. Thank you to SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee for helping me to share this recipe with you.
Morning rituals are never meant to be messed with, particularly when the ritual involves caffeine. Every night, my husband grinds the coffee beans and preps the coffee pot, setting the “auto on” so that the steaming brew is piping hot when we stumble downstairs in the morning. The coffee is always consumed straight-up…no cream, no sugar, and the stronger the better.
This weekend, we set aside some of the coffee and chilled it in anticipation of combining it with nonfat Greek yogurt, a banana, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground flax seed for a morning smoothie with a caffeine kick. Why not consume some lean protein and fiber while getting your morning jolt?
My husband and I were curious to try Seattle’s Best Coffee when they sent me a bag of ground beans. Coffee is such a personal thing, and most coffee lovers are fiercely loyal to their favorite brand. But trying a new brand in this case is risk-free because Seattle’s Best Coffee has a “great taste guarantee”. If you don’t like their coffee, you can get your money back.
We brewed a pot, poured it into our favorite “day off” mugs (we’ve had these mugs for about 18 years, and only use them on days when we’re not working…our little ritual) and took some slurps.
The coffee was bold, just the way we like it, and smooth as can be. In fact, it’s the kind of brew that we could happily wake up to every morning. And who knew that it could make a killer smoothie, too?! Of course, you don’t have to drink your coffee black for it to taste good. Dress it up however you like…with sugar, flavored creamers, Irish whiskey (okay, maybe not first thing in the morning).
Place all of the ingredients in a heavy-duty blender – one that can crush ice. This is the onethat I used for this recipe.
Blend until smooth. Serve.