Quick and easy to prepare, the smoothie is the perfect breakfast food.
However, regardless of how healthy your breakfast smoothie may be, if it is not filling enough you may find yourself giving into your mid-morning, unhealthy cravings.
Therefore, it is important that you find a way to make your breakfast smoothie filling, without adding too many calories and carbohydrates to it.
The best way to accomplish this task is to find low calorie, high protein and high fiber ingredients that can be blended into just about any type of smoothie.
To help you with this task I’ve put together the following list of filling smoothie ingredients.
List of Filling Smoothie Ingredients
- Avocado: The avocado is one of those rare high protein fruit. Avocados are also a good source of Zinc, folic acid, fiber and heart-healthy fats.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a delicious dietary source of fiber, protein and a variety of micro nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 also known as Niacin, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Calcium. Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
- Mushrooms: Though mushrooms are often viewed as vegetables they are in fact a form of high protein, low calorie, low carbohydrate, high fiber fungi that will add a slightly nutty taste to your smoothie.
- Tofu: This curd is made of mashed soybeans and is virtually flavorless. Tofu is high in protein, Iron and calcium. It is also naturally low in fat, low in calories, cholesterol-free and very filling.
- Tempeh: This vegetarian meat substitute is made of soy beans that have undergone a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process. Tempeh has a firm texture, a mushroom-like flavor and is full of highly digestible protein.
- Boiled Sweet Potatoes: Yams are a great source of low glycemic carbohydrates as well as a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, Manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C.
- Boiled Baby Carrots: This negative calorie food is a great source of dietary fiber as well as vitamin C, vitamin E, Thiamin, Potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and Manganese. You can add carrot juice to your smoothie but boiled baby carrots provide you with a higher level of fiber, which can help keep you full longer.
- Boiled Beets: Beets are a great source of folic acid, which all women in their child-bearing years need. Beets are also a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese. You can add beet juice to your smoothie but boiled beets have higher levels of fiber, which can help keep you full longer.
- Ground Flax Seeds: Ground fax seeds are a great source of protein, carbohydrates and dietary fiber. These seeds are also low in cholesterol and a good source of Magnesium, Phosphorus, Thiamin and Manganese.
- Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a low glycemic food and a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which together play a vital role in appetite control and weight management. Health Benefits of Eating Oatmeal
- Granola: Granola is one of America’s favorite low glycemic snacks and a great source of fiber. Homemade Granola Recipe
- Banana: Bananas a great source of carbohydrates as well as a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese, and vitamin B6.
- Skim Milk: This type of milk is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of protein, vitamin B12, potassium, vitamin A, Riboflavin, calcium and Phosphorus.
- Greek Yogurt: This yogurt has a host of digestive health benefits as well as high levels of protein and calcium. High Protein Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce Recipe
- Kefir: This fermented milk drink has a tangy taste that resembles the taste of plain Greek yogurt. Kefir is a good source of calcium, protein and potassium. This fermented milk drink is also kind to those who are mildly lactose intolerant or suffer from other types of digestive health issues.
- Pineapple: This fruit is a great source of carbohydrates as well as dietary fiber, Thiamin, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin C and Manganese.
- Pears: Pears have a high water content. They are also a great source of dietary fiber, carbohydrates and vitamin C.
- Raw, Shelled Hemp Seeds: These seeds are high in protein and low in carbohydrates as well as cholesterol. Hemp seeds are also a good source of Zinc, and a very good source of Magnesium.
- Wheat Germ: This food is high in protein and fiber. Wheat germ is also low in cholesterol and a good source of vitamin B6, folic acid, Magnesium, Copper, Thiamin, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese and Selenium.
- Protein Powder: Adding protein powder to your morning smoothie is a great way to stay full longer. High Protein Strawberry & Pineapple Smoothie
- Honey: Though honey is high in sugar, recent research indicates that these sugars play a vital role in helping you manage your blood sugar fluctuations. Honey is also a good source of immune boosting antioxidants, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, Iron and Manganese.
- Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese: This cheese is high in protein, high in calcium, high in selenium and it will blend perfectly into your smoothie.
- Strawberries: These antioxidant rich berries are high in fiber and vitamin C.
- Honey Dew Melon: These melons have a high water content and are an excellent source of vitamin C and Potassium.
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