Vanilla Protein Breakfast Smoothie

By: Kim Ruzycki - Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach Aug 15, 2018
Picky Diet, Vanilla Protein, Hamilton

Mornings are busy...

There isn't always time to make a bowl of oatmeal but you can still get all the clean protein, fibre and healthy energy from oats in this delicious vanilla spice smoothie.  The hemp seeds and almond butter add even more protein as well as healthy fats - more fuel for good, long-lasting energy.   I'm usually a green smoothie girl but I have to say I'm absolutely loving the creaminess and flavour of this delicious breakfast smoothie. The healthy answer to your busy morning. 



makes 1 smoothie

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 frozen banana (cut in pieces)

Tips & Nutrition

I keep ripe bananas peeled and sliced in the freezer in individual containers making morning smoothies easy and quick to make.
You can add a scoop of protein powder to up the protein in this smoothie even more if you like.
Feel free to sub in chia or flax seeds and make it nut free by using sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter.


Add all ingredients in the order they are listed into a high-speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Serve immediately.

Kim is passionate about teaching others how to eat mindfully and live vibrantly. A series of chronic health issues gave her the motivation to learn about the relationship between her health and her diet. After embracing a plant-based diet and figuring out how to maintain a social life, enjoy travelling and ensuring she was getting all the correct nutrients and minerals - Kim realized how great she felt and how happy she was in her lifestyle.

She founded Picky Diet to share this with the world so that they might realize that they too can live happy and healthy with only a few small changes. A graduate of the Health and Nutrition Coaching program from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is a Board Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach and works with both individuals and corporations on nutrition and whole-body wellness.