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I know a lot of you are struggling with quick meal ideas for when you need to be on-the-go and I get asked all the time if there is a protein powder that is acceptable on the Autoimmune Protocol or if smoothies are ok for breakfast. The truth is, there is no complete protein powder that is compatible with the Autoimmune Protocol, and having smoothies without protein or fat is not advisable either–a lot of us are looking to balance our blood sugar, and a high-glycemic smoothie first thing in the morning is certainly not setting us up for success the rest of the day.
That being said, I do think it is possible to make a nutrient-dense smoothie that could be a solution to a last-minute snack or an occasional quick breakfast (read: not every day!) with the addition of coconut concentrate to add some fat (sub with avocado if you are sensitive to coconut) and some collagen powder to add some gut-healing amino acids (don’t try this with gelatin, which is only soluble in hot water). While I recommend homemade bone broth as the best source for getting gut healing nutrients like gelatin and collagen into your diet (along with important minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus), adding some collagen is definitely going to turn a otherwise sugar-laden smoothie into something a little more nutritious. I like to make this smoothie with some greens and spinach to add some antioxidants, and you can easily substitute for different varieties of greens or frozen fruit that you have on hand.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to combine. Add ice cubes if smoothie is not cold or thick enough.
- Enjoy immediately.