Eat Well Aug. 9. 2013
Beverages

Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie

Aug. 9. 2013
Beverages
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder

Mid afternoon the other day, I was hungry (per usual) and wanted something sweet, but at the same time nothing that would weight me down because let’s face it, I had work to do! I’ve been on a kick with cinnamon tahini lately and many of you continue to ask me where I buy it. I don’t, I whip it up! I thought this would be great flavor in a smoothie and just like that an idea came into fruition. Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie.

I often hear with my clients they experience the dreaded 3-4 o’ clock slump where their energy is wiped out already for the day and need a “pick me up”, which eventually leads them to 1) simple sugars in the form of vending machine candies, 2) a snack high in refined carbohydrates, or 3) coffee or some other delivery system of caffeine. Ever wonder why that “slump” occurs?

Most likely it’s due to eating a very large, heavy, complex meal at lunch time and our energies are simply used towards digesting the food. It also could be due to some other individual reasons, but mainly it’s what were eating the day before, or the meal before that will dictate our energy levels.

This smoothie my friends, can be your new afternoon “pick me up”. This Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie has everything you need to maintain your energy throughout the afternoon, curb your hunger until after you beat rush hour traffic on the way home for dinner, running errands, or in my case satisfying a sweet tooth and providing lasting energy to finish work. It’s full of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially from the tahini). Also, you don’t have to reserve this smoothie just for the afternoon time, I also enjoy this as a dessert smoothie.

Tahini power. In just 2 tablespoons (28 grams) of mineral rich tahini contains about 10% DV of iron, 25% DV of magnesium, 22% DV phosphorus, 21% DV copper, 20% DV manganese and zinc and 30% thiamine, protein, healthy fats, and fiber!

Quick primer on what %DV (daily value) means // basically it’s based off recommendations for key nutrients in a 2,000-2,500 calorie diet (can generally be applied to diets that are more or less than 2,000 calories). Anything with 5% or less is considered “lower” in that nutrient, anything 20% or more is considered “higher” in that nutrient.

Depending on the time of day and if you’re not caffeine sensitive, why not add a little coffee to it (around 4 oz.) for a mini-boost. Even though I adore the taste of coffee, I’m in the caffeine sensitive department, so I forgo on this addition.

Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie
Recipe Type: smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDn
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A protein packed smoothie with healthy fats and fiber from tahini and chia seeds to keep you full and satisfied.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Sunwarrior- of your choice)
  • 1/2 to 1 frozen banana (stevia for sugar free version)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of tahini
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Simply combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth. I like to first combine the almond milk with the chia seeds and let blend for about 2 minutes so the chia seeds can start absorbing the almond milk.
  2. Add ice last.
  3. Serve with a straw.
  4. ENJOY!

TIPS// you can make this in the morning before work and keep it cool in a thermos, cooler, fridge, etc. If you have an office where you have access to an outlet, a break room, or a little privacy, you can bring a travel blender (this is my favorite which I use for single serving smoothies and it’s very affordable), and simply blend this up in under 3 minutes! Who doesn’t have time for that?

Do you ever experience the afternoon slump? How do you get passed it? Share below!

Have  a productive day!

xo McKel

The Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Sunwarrior- of your choice)
  • 1/2 to 1 frozen banana (stevia for sugar free version)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of tahini
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

  1. Simply combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth. I like to first combine the almond milk with the chia seeds and let blend for about 2 minutes so the chia seeds can start absorbing the almond milk.
  2. Add ice last.
  3. Serve with a straw.
  4. ENJOY!

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