Max's Ultimate Smoothie Recipe

'Chocolate, Banana, Almond Butter'

Ideal for breakfast or post-workout recovery!

With smoothies anything goes.  You can just about add any ingredient you desire and blend it right in.  The smoothie is also a great way to ingest many supplements in powder form.  These particular ingredients were specifically chosen for their nutrition content.  The banana adds potassium, great flavor and makes it creamy.  Using low-fat, organic milk keeps it hormone and pesticide free.  Soy milk is optional if you have a problem digesting lactose, or you want the added health benefits of soy-isoflavones, and phyto-estrogens.  Oatmeal is a fantastic complex carbohydrate providing sustained energy and adding heart-healthy soluble fiber.  Flax seeds or flax oil adds essential fatty acids, the omega-3, 6, 9s.  Almonds are the healthiest nuts around, full of LDL cholesterol-lowering fats, vitamin E, and adding great flavor.  Peanut butter is good too, but not as beneficial as almond butter.  There are many protein powders to choose from these days, from whey, to egg-white, to casein, to soy.  I prefer whey as it absorbs and assimilates quickest.  Most protein powders are already carb-free, and artificially sweetened.  I prefer chocolate, but you can substitute with your favorite flavor.  I also add a 'Vita-mineral greens' powder to my smoothies to help alkalinize the pH and to add in enzymes.  Honey brings sweetness with nutrients.  This recipe is your base, but you can easily take it into the super-duper, power realm with any number of ingredients.  Enjoy!

  (Video left: See Max make this smoothie)


- 1 medium to large banana

- 1 cup low-fat, organic milk, (or soy milk)

- ˝ pint-container, (4-6 oz), of fat-free yogurt, (vanilla or plain…vanilla is sweeter, but more sugar)

- ˝ cup unflavored oatmeal, (instant is fine)

- 1 tbsp. flax oil, or milled flax seeds

- 1 rounded tsp. low-fat, creamy, almond butter, (may substitute with peanut butter)

- 1 ˝ scoops of chocolate, whey protein, (may substitute with vanilla flavor)

- 1 cup ice.

- Honey optional for added sweetness.

 *Blend until smooth, serve immediately while chilled, and feel yourself become anabolic.  Makes about 26 ounces.  Approx. 400 calories, 37 grams of carbs, 40 grams protein, and 10 grams unsaturated fat.  Note: Ingredient amounts are approximate, so adjust to your desired taste and consistency.  I usually consume this as one serving, but this might be too many calories for one meal for others.  Using plain yogurt will reduce the carb/sugar grams.

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