Your morning just got better. If you’ve been looking for a way to pack that energy and protein in first thing in the morning, a smoothie is a tasty way to do it. There are a few basic steps to curating the perfect smoothie:
- Add fruit and vegetables. Organic bananas, berries, avocados, spinach, and dandelion greens are all good options.
- Choose a base. You’ll want 1-2 cups of liquid, like an organic nut or rice milk, fruit juice, coconut water, or water.
- Thicken it up. Use nut butter, ice cubes, coconut meat, or chia seeds.
- Flavor it. Agave, cinnamon, nutmeg, figs, herbs, or even dates will sweeten and flavor your smoothie to perfection.
- Add a power boost! Superfoods and powders will help your smoothie give you even more energy and protein. Use a vegan organic protein powder, goji berries, sprouts, flaxseeds, or an organic liquid vitamin.
Now that you know the best combination of ingredients for your vegan smoothies, let’s look at some recipes you can try!
Berry Chocolate. This chocolate berry smoothie will have your hair, skin, and nails looking good while also packing protein into your diet. Mix 1 cup of your favorite milk substitute, 1 serving of a vegan chocolate protein powder, ½ cup of frozen raspberries or strawberries, 1 tsp. of chia seeds, and some ice to thicken it up. You’ll get plenty of protein, fiber, and antioxidants!
Piña Colada. Add 1 cup of fresh greens or ½ cup of frozen greens like spinach or kale. Throw in 1½ cups of frozen pineapple, 1 tbsp. of chia seeds, 1 cup of coconut water, and 1 tbsp. of shredded coconut. Flip the blender on, turn up the speed, and you’ll end up with a fresh, healthy smoothie! Chia seeds contain protein, calcium, iron, and more! Warning, though: you may be wanting the beach and a little paper umbrella on your drive into work.
Blueberry Almond Butter. This smoothie will be a quick breakfast favorite — it’s creamy, delicious, and super nutritious. Blend up 1½ cups of frozen bananas, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp. organic almond butter, ¾ cup unsweetened plain almond milk, 1 tbsp. flaxseed, and 1 tbsp. chia seeds. The chia seeds and flaxseed will give you fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Go ahead and thrown in 1-2 tbsp. of your favorite vegetable-based protein powder, and you’re sure to see all the benefits in no time. This omega-3 rich drink will have you wanting one every day.
Vegetable Delight. When you need a pick-me-up, this sweet yet spicy, low-fat smoothie will do the trick. Blend a carrot, a chunk of chopped ginger, half of a ripe avocado, a quarter of a cucumber, a stick of celery, 4 oz. of apple juice, and a few ice cubes together. You’ll quickly increase your daily vegetable intake in an easy way. The ginger will be great for fighting off sickness.
Chocolate PB Banana. Who doesn’t love a rich, sweet, protein-packed smoothie like this one? Add one large banana, 1½ tbsp. organic peanut butter, 1 tbsp. flax seed, 1 cup vegan milk of your choice, 2 tbsp. vegan chocolate protein powder, and 1 tbsp. cocoa powder. Pulse in the blender until combined and smooth. Say hello to your new favorite morning dessert that you don’t have to feel bad about!
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