Sip on this delicious and healthy almond butter and jelly smoothie for a refreshing breakfast or snack. Made with 5 simple ingredients and done in just 5 minutes!
The temperature is warming up and I’m craving all things light, cool, and refreshing! This almond butter and jelly smoothie TOTALLY hits the spot, if you are too. It’s perfect to sip on for a healthy breakfast or snack.
Smoothies are delicious, but as a Registered Dietitian, it’s important to me that my smoothies are also nutritious and filling. Instead of loading a smoothie with just fruit, I always add sources of protein and healthy fats to make it a more complete, balanced meal. I also love to add a vegetable serving in smoothies, such as spinach or cauliflower – I promise you can’t taste it!
Ingredients in almond butter and jelly smoothie
Here is everything you need to make this healthy smoothie:
Frozen berries – I used a mixed blend of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. You can use any combination of your favorite berry.
Frozen cauliflower – Adds a serving of vegetables with an undetectable taste! You can swap frozen cauliflower for spinach or kale, but your smoothie won’t probably have a brown-ish color.
Almond butter adds protein and healthy fat to this smoothie. Use any kind of almond butter you like! If you prefer, you can make this a peanut butter and jelly smoothie by using peanut butter instead.
Hemp hearts – These have a slightly nutty, relatively flavor and add a dose of protein to the smoothie.
Unsweetened almond milk or other plant milk.
To make this smoothie, just add everything to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. This smoothie recipe is vegan, gluten free, soy free, and dairy free.
Berries nutrition benefits
Berries are an incredibly nutritious food to include regularly in your diet. Berries, especially raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, have extremely high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants help keep our cells healthy and fight off inflammation.
Berries have more fiber than pretty much any other fruit. Here are the fiber counts for some common berries:
Raspberries – 8 grams of fiber per cup
Blackberries – 8 grams of fiber per cup
Blueberries – 4 grams of fiber per cup
Strawberries – 3 grams of fiber per cup
Berries are also rich in micronutrients, including manganese, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.
Almond butter nutrition benefits
Almond butter is a very healthy, nutrient dense food to have in your diet. Made from almonds, a two tablespoon serving of almond butter provides:
Hemp hearts, or hemp seeds, are a very healthy food to include in your diet. They are an excellent source of plant-based protein, and are considered a complete protein because they have all nine essential amino acids. Three tablespoons of hemp hearts provides:
10 grams of plant-based protein
1.2 grams of fiber
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
Hemp hearts have a mild, pleasant nutty taste. They’re great to add to smoothies of all kinds, oatmeal and yogurt bowls, and added into healthy treats like granola or energy balls.
Smoothie meal prep tips
Smoothies definitely taste best right when they are made fresh from the blender. If you’re a big meal prepper, there are a few things you can do to make smoothies even easier and faster.
Make smoothie freezer packs. To make smoothie freezer packs, individually portion out all your smoothie ingredients (besides the liquidy, wet ones) into baggies. Stick the bags in the freezer and when you’re ready for a smoothie, just dump all pre-measured ingredients into your blender with whatever liquid ingredients you’d like. For this smoothie, I would put the frozen berries, cauliflower, and hemp hearts in a baggie to freeze, then add the almond butter and almond milk when ready to blend.
Smoothie freezer packs should keep well in the freezer for up to a month, so you can easily prepare them for a week or two in advance.
Prep smoothie ice cubes. Another way to meal prep smoothies (and save leftover smoothie) is to freeze them into ice cubes. For this method, blend up a smoothie, then pour the smoothie into ice cube molds and freeze. Either cover the frozen smoothie cubes for storage or transfer them to a bag or tupperware to prevent freezer burn.
When you’re ready for a smoothie, pop a handful of smoothie cubes into your blender with liquid of choice, and blend them up! Smoothie cubes are also delicious eaten frozen like an ice pop, and a healthy snack idea for kids.