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Hey! Are you a fan of protein smoothies or not? I have days where I am a fan and other days I would prefer eating food because sometimes these protein powders upset my stomach. Anyone else have this problem? I blame my sensitivity due to the sugar substitutes. Any natural or artificial sweetener is only absorbed partially in the body. The other half is excreted, which may cause some GI issues. So if you’re like me, be aware of these sugars. They can be listed as stevia, erythritol, aspartame, Splenda and more (I know I’m forgetting some…). But if this interests you, here’s a wonderful link from dietitian with a thorough guide and great info on sweeteners. Nutrition Diva’s Ultimate Guide to Sweeteners.

The smoothie is extremely simple and delightful! A little natural sweetness from the banana and date are a great combo. The maple flavoring along with the cinnamon makes the perfect blend of my favorite breakfast treats – cinnamon rolls! 💗

  • About the protein powder

    Here's the protein powder I used. The sweetener used is luo han guo fruit, which also goes by the names of "Buddha fruit" or "monk fruit." Monk fruit is becoming very popular and that may be due to the noted health benefits. Some reviews have stated it may be easier on the digestive system.

Cinnamon Roll Protein Smoothie

Simple ingredients but packed with flavor that mimics your favorite breakfast treat - cinnamon rolls!
Servings: 1
Calories: 158kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 date
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. maple flavoring

Instructions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
    Enjoy!

Notes

158 calories; 22 gms carbohydrates; 3 gms fat; 12 gms protein; 3 gms fiber