When I need an easy energy boost, I turn to this flaxseed smoothie. It is protein-powered and healthy fat packed to fill me up and keep me full. It also helps kick my digestion in to gear, which is what I want first thing in the morning.
While this smoothie is a little higher in natural sugar (thank you, date!) it’s also got a lot of fiber which helps break down that sugar. Blend a little longer to breakdown the flaxseed and enjoy this delicious recipe!
How to Make a Flaxseed Smoothie
- Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour over ice to serve, if you want a refreshingly cool smoothie.
You can use frozen bananas in this smoothie to help cool it down. If you need to watch the natural sugar content, then omit the date as well as make sure your almond butter is unsweetened (and the almond milk!). Swap the almond butter with any other nut or seed butter you wish to use. You can replace the almond milk with a plant milk of your choice.
Tips on Using Flaxseeds in Smoothies
Start small! I know this recipe only has 1 tablespoon of flaxseed, yet if you don’t normally use them as a smoothie booster, then your body may have an adjustment period. Fiber is great (and necessary!) yet loading your body up with fiber can cause some digestive discomfort.
Try 1 teaspoon and work your way up to using a whole tablespoon.
Flaxseed is also naturally gritty. Even with a high powered blender, it might be hard to completely blend in the flaxseed. One reason I recommend using Protein Smoothie Boost is that it is powdered. The flaxseed is completely ground down along with the hemp and chia to a fine powder. That way it easily mixes into your smoothie with no grit.
What is Flax?
Flaxseed is a crop that is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats via omega-3 fatty acids. 1 tablespoon of flaxseed contains 1.3 grams of protein and 1.9 grams of fiber along with 1,597 mg of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3s help control cholesterol and lower inflammation in the arteries which lowers your risk for a heart attack. This lovely little seed may reduce the risk of cancer and help regulate blood sugar. You can find this in most grocery stores, either in the same isle as chia seeds or in the baking section.
Whole vs Ground
While you can use whole or ground flaxseed in smoothies, I use ground flaxseed… no reason to make my blender work harder than it has to! Different brands have different types of ground flaxseed, so choose the one that works best for you.
Flaxseed Smoothie FAQs
I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of flaxseed into a 16oz smoothie. Flaxseed may be a superfood, yet you can have too much of a good thing. If you’re new to adding flaxseed to your smoothie, then start with less. You can gradually add more as you get used to it.
Yes, though ground flaxseed is easier to blend than whole. I recommend using ground flaxseed in smoothie recipes.
Many people shy away from ingredients called ‘healthy fats’ yet the body needs healthy fats to break down nutrients in the body. Eating healthy fat will actually be a more natural weight; no need to run from it!
If you’re ready to get serious about getting enough fiber each day, then add these smoothies to the menu:
- Acid reflux smoothie
- Almond butter smoothie
- Island green smoothie
- Raspberry smoothie
- Soothing pumpkin smoothie
- Fiber smoothie cubes
- Chocolate protein shake
- Avocado smoothie
Easy Flaxseed Smoothie
Place ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. Add a little extra almond milk, if smoothie is too thick.
Pour into glass and enjoy. Garnish with extra ground cinnamon, if desired.