How’s that for a long title!? I guess I just want to make everyone think that green smoothies are cool because they have crazy long names…
I remember a time when I had green smoothies every single day. It was a rule, whether I felt like one or not. Sure, healthwise, it was great for me, but it wasn’t as fun when, really…I wanted a piece of whole wheat toast with honey or a bowl of fruit instead. But now, because it’s not a hard and fast rule anymore, I am starting to be in love with green smoothies all over again. Especially now that I’m getting the greens from our own lovely garden..
Normally, I try to have my protein smoothies after a good workout, but this time I had it before my run and strength training workout. I feel better working out to have something that feels light…before I exercise.
Look at all that green goodness! I grabbed a huge handful of spinach, which is a wonderful source of iron, vitamin E, and even has a good amount of protein!
Supercharged Green Protein Smoothie
- ½ banana (frozen)
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup light coconut milk
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 tbsp. blue green algae (opt)
- ½ scoop Vega Vanilla Sport Protein Powder*
- 1 tsp. flaxseed
- 3 cubes of ice
Blend everything up in your high-speed blender and there you go! Protein, carbs, healthy fat, fibre, and hydration all in one convenient package.
*This is my absolute favourite protein powder! It’s vegan, it’s full of super greens, and it tastes amaaaazing (I have the vanilla flavour)! Most protein powders I’m hesitant about adding nut milk or water to for just drinking…I always have to add them to a smoothie to be palatable, but this stuff I’m constantly shaking it up with rice or almond milk and drinking on the go. I heart this!
I added the blue green algae for a nutritional supplement. If you’re curious about what is is…It’s an amazing superfood that is known for helping energy, increasing muscle mass, speed healing, oxygenating the blood, aiding mental function, improving memory and concentration, and more…and just so you know, no one asked me to write any product reviews in this post…I just loooove these superfoods! But the smoothie is perfectly great without them too! Greens are a superfood by themselves!
Tip: You can make this the night before you go somewhere and put it in a canteen, refrigerate, and then just grab it and go in the morning for a breakfast on the run!
It’s such a wonderful way to start the day! I’m excited about making green smoothies more of a habit again!
Nutritional Info (excluding protein powder*): Cals: 218, Fat: 17g, Sodium: 148mg, Carbs: 20.5g, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugars: 9.5g Protein: 5g
*This smoothie is great with other protein powders, which, if used obviously changes the nutritional info. If you are using a different protein, just add the calories/protein to my nutrition facts here. Also take note, that there are many different varieties of light coconut milk. The kind that I used was 170 calories for a half a cup.
Sooo….my attempt at eating more protein is going well. I’m a lot more conscious of it then I have been before and I’ve even lost a couple pounds! I’m eating more greens, lean chicken, quiona, protein shakes, eggs, and healthy protein bars. Recently I tried the Clif Builder bars, which have 20g of protein per bar!
I’m really liking their flavour…in fact, I bought a whole case from Costco for those moments when I’m starving in the middle of nowhere (there’s one I stuck in my purse), snacks, and for meal replacements when everyone else is eating fast food on the road. They are a little high in calories though, at around 270 calories per bar…but I’m discovering that just half of a bar after a workout works great…or even half a bar for a little dessert at the end of the meal. They taste like chocolate bars which is a major yay for me.
Have you ever tried a green smoothie? If so, what was your favourite blend? Do you eat protein bars?
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