I am pretty sure smoothies and protein shakes are a food group…at least in my world they are. I have a smoothie for breakfast or lunch almost every day. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them.
I go through phases where I will try out all sorts of different smoothie recipes, but I have a standby “recipe” that I make all of the time. This is my favorite smoothie because of the taste, the nutrition, and the ease. So simple, yet so delicious and healthy. This smoothie is definitely a meal, not a snack. Depending on the type of protein you use and the amounts of the other ingredients, this smoothie can range from 275 to 400 calories. For example, if you use PB2 instead of regular peanut butter the smoothie will be closer to 275 calories. If you get a little crazy with your scoop of peanut butter it will be closer to 400 calories.
Here’s the lineup for my favorite smoothie:
- 1 Banana
- 1 scoop of vegan protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
- 1 big scoop of natural chunky peanut butter (1-2 tbsp)
- 1 cup of Silk Cashew Milk
- 1 huge handful of spinach (1-2 cups)
- 5-6 ice cubes
I blend this up in a NutriBullet and breakfast (or lunch…or even dinner) is served in a matter of minutes.
You may have noticed that I use a vegan protein and a non-dairy milk. I am not dairy free, but I do notice that when I have a whey-based protein or use regular milk in my smoothies it is too much dairy for my stomach to handle. I try to save my daily dairy intake for Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or regular cheese, which I LOVE. It is all about moderation with dairy for me. Another swap I make is Silk Cashew Milk for dairy milk. It is so creamy, slightly nutty, and delicious!! Less calories than milk too. Vegan proteins utilize plant-based proteins such as brown rice protein or pea protein. When you use a vegan protein and a big handful of spinach you are getting lots of veggies in your smoothie.
There are 2 vegan proteins that I typically use.
- Rainbow Light Energizer – This is a brown rice-based protein. It has no dairy, soy, gluten, or added sugar. There are 14 grams of protein per serving. My one complaint about this protein is that the texture is a bit gritty and even after blending, there is still a distinct texture. I did get used to it after using this for several months.
- Vega Protein and Greens – This is a brown rice, pea, and hemp protein. It is also dairy, soy, and gluten free. There is no added sugar. This powder has 20 grams of protein per serving. It is also GMO-free. Overall, I do prefer the taste and texture of this protein the best. It has 2 full servings of greens as well. It blends up very smoothly and there is no texture.
The one downfall to all vegan proteins is that they make your smoothies kind of ugly…everything turns out green, especially when you also add in spinach. If you can get over the color, it is all peanut butter, chocolatey, banana deliciousness!
What is your favorite smoothie recipe or protein powder?
Until next time,