I love a good protein packed smoothie. it's just so awesome when I can take 5-10 minutes to throw some stuff into my Ninja blender and get a healthy, filling, take-anywhere meal replacement. It can be tricky,though, getting enough protien into a smoothie for it to actually be satisfying. Protein powders are the obvious choice but I generally don't care for them. Imagine how excited I was when I came across one that I not only can tolerate but actually reallly like!! And the bonus is that it's 100% plant-based, organic, non-gmo, all natural with no yucky chemicals and has no added sugar!
I am taling about Garden of LIfe Raw Protein&greens. I have both the Real Raw Vanilla and Real Raw Chocolate-Cacao on hand most of the time and while it's on the pricey side, I can usually find a good deal when I purchase it from Vitacost.
Now, I rarely post smoothie recipes because I feel like most everyone probably can figure out how to make them but I often find great combinations on other sites and just generally like to see what other people are eating, so I figured why not?
This smoothie is one of my favorite go-to formulations for a quick and easy lunch. It's thick, creamy, just icy enough, naturally sweet and chocolatey. It boasts about 20 grams of protien per 12 ounce serving, so it keeps me full but has such a decadent taste and texture I feel like I'm "cheating" by having a milkshake for lunch! I added some chia seeds and hemp hearts to boost the nutritional value, too. I chose to use soy milk in this shake as the protein content is higher than in almond milk, but you will still get a good amount of protein if you almond milk. If you have concerns about soy, read this post.
Guess what the biggest bonus with this smoothie is? My kids LOVE IT!! It makes a great breakfast for them, especially my older daughter who likes virtually nothing for breakfast--seriously, she doesn't care for cereal, toast, bagels, English muffins...she would eat doughnuts or toaster pastries everyday if I allowed it! It's a real challenge to find things she likes and will eat regularly for breakfast that will give her a good start and keep her going until lunch time. Now that she's in middle school, there's no formal snack break and 6:30 to 11:30 is a long stretch with nothing to eat.
So, if you are intrigued give this "shake " a try and I would love to hear about your favorite smoothie combinations!
My Favorite Protein Shake (Prep Time: 8 minutes Yield: 2 12 ounce shakes)
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used soy milk for the protein value)
1 large very ripe frozen banana
¼ cup raw cashew pieces
2 Tbs. almond butter
1 cup torn kale leaves
3 medjool dates, pitted
1 Tbs. chia seeds
1 Tbs. hemp hearts
1/8 tsp turmeric
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 package/scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein&greens (or your favorite protein powder, optional)
4-6 ice cubes
Put all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until thick and creamy. It's sometimes helpful to blend the milk, greens and cashews for a minute or so first then add remaining ingredients to create a super smooth and creamy shake. Enjoy!