vegan smoothieI don’t know about you, but usually after a major Holiday, like Thanksgiving I am looking to prepare something quick, satisfying, filling and as healthy as possible.  This smoothie is actually one of my go to breakfasts post workouts and pre work. Often time I layer everything in my blender in the evening,and just push the button in the morning.  The easiest way for me to prepare this is to use frozen organic fruit, but any fresh fruit obviously works. If I do use fresh fruit, I typically add 1/2 cup of ice.

I also keep a vegan protein powder on hand, but this also works with plain  greek yogurt  if protein powders are not something that happens to be in your pantry. It works with a vanilla or chocolate or plain protein powder, but I typically use a vanilla protein powder. I typically use Garden of Life as I like the non gritty taste the best, but anything will work.

My basic recipe is fruit only, but many days I add a cup of fresh spinach as it is neutral and works well in fruit/veggie smoothies. I also love to use chia seeds in my smoothies, but this is completely optional. I just love mixing chia seeds and getting the benefit of extra nutrition. This smoothie usually keeps me very full and I can manage to have a late lunch if my workday does not allow for a decently timed lunch break.

 

Morning Berry Smoothie

1 cup Almond Milk (homemade or store bought)

1 cup frozen strawberries or mixed berries

1 scoop vegan protein powder such as Garden of Life

1 tsp natural peanut butter (mine is pretty generous, I can’t say I measure this too closely. Almond butter will also work)

1 tsp chia seeds (optional, but I look for every opportunity to use chia seeds)

Place all ingredients in a blender, starting with almond milk and blend for 30 seconds to a minute or until smooth.  If using fresh strawberries add about 1/2 cup of ice.

For a greek yogurt variation, instead of protein powder i will use about 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt and 1/2 of a frozen banana for added sweetness.