My Paleo Smoothie Pantry

Apple and Almond Butter Green Smoothie

All you have to do is open Instagram and you’re likely going to see at least one artistically photographed smoothie or green drink. So what’s the deal with these drinks, anyway? Are smoothies Paleo? Shouldn’t you only be eating “real food” if you’re on a Paleo diet?

As a Paleo nutritionist, I have to say, I am a big fan of the smoothie, when done right. It can allow you to consume a convenient and quick meal, and if you use the right ingredients, it can pack as much power as a meal that doesn’t come from a cup. Here’s what I keep in my Paleo smoothie pantry:

Smoothie Liquids:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut water
  • Bone broth

Smoothie Proteins:

  • Vital Proteins collagen and gelatin
  • Clovis protein powder
  • Nutiva hemp protein powder
  • Almonds and other whole nuts

Smoothie Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Greens of any kind (my favorites are spinach, chard, and watercress)
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Pears
  • Apples

Smoothie “Bonus” Ingredients

  • Raw honey
  • Cacao powder
  • Matcha powder
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Maca

The best part about smoothies is that they can be fully tailored to your unique taste preferences. They can also be adapted for children with picky palates (a great way to sneak in some bone broth or veggies!), or people with many different food sensitivities who have a hard time getting enough calories or specific macronutrients in on a daily basis. They’re also great for busy people, those who don’t like to cook, pregnant women who have difficulty keeping food down due to nausea, and moms who forget to eat while they’re chasing their kids around.

If you’re new to the smoothie world, try my favorite daily smoothie recipe:

strawberry-collagen-smoothiePaleo Strawberry and Collagen Smoothie

(One Serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 scoops Clovis protein powder
  • 1 scoop gelatin
  • 1 scoop collagen
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Instructions:

Blend with a bullet, food processor, or other smoothie-type mixer and enjoy chilled or on the go!

About Aimee McNew

Aimee McNew, MNT is a certified nutritionist who practices functional and integrative nutrition therapy. She specializes in Paleo, autoimmunity, digestion, fertility, and women's health. View all posts by Aimee McNew →

6 Comments

  1. Pam

    I’m sorry, but can you tell me where I can find Clovis protein powder, gelatin, collagen, and matcha? I do have a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s stores in my area.

    • Aimee McNew

      Pam,

      For the moment, I believe that Clovis is only available through their website. Gelatin, collagen, and matcha would all be available from health food stores, or from online retailers like Amazon. Whole Foods would most likely have some or all, but I am not 100% sure on Trader Joe’s.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Jim

    Great post! What kind of collagen did you use for this recipe? Is it in powder form or liquid form? Where can I buy it? Thanks. :)

    • Aimee McNew

      Hi Jim,

      I used Vital Proteins collagen powder, and I purchased it from Thrive Market (online), but you can also get it from Amazon and other retailers online, and probably in some health food stores, too. Hope that helps!

      Aimee McNew, MNT, Certified Nutritionist

  3. Cheryl

    Nice to see other protein powder options; does the Clovis contain any tapioca, or gluten anything in it?
    thanks.

    • Aimee McNew

      Hi Cheryl,

      No, the Clovis protein powder does not have any gluten in it — it is completely Paleo friendly. It also does not contain any tapioca. For a complete ingredient list, you can visit https://clovisnutrition.com/shop/the-perfect-paleo-powder/

      Hope that helps!

      Aimee McNew, MNT, Certified Nutritionist

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