I recently bought a plant-based protein powder with a flavour that I hadn’t had before, Coconut Almond, and this was the first smoothie I tried it in… it was sweet and delicious!
The protein powder I used is Vega One’s All-In-One Nutritional Shake. This plant based protein powder is vegan, gluten-free, has no added sugar, and is made with whole food ingredients. A single scoop has 20g of complete protein, 6 servings of greens, and is full of antioxidants, probiotics, fibre, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Here is another beautiful pastel Spring Smoothie! I love when I end up with a smoothie that is nutritious, delicious AND nice to look at! Sometimes I make smoothies that end up looking like swamp water, and people at work are like “uhhh, what’s that..”, and I have to defend it’s honour by declaring how delicious it is! It’s nice when I don’t have to do that 🙂
I’m going to continue showing matcha green tea some love with my second matcha recipe of the week! This smoothie is full of other great ingredients too, including the protein filled spirulina and chlorophyll packed wheat grass.
Matcha is 10 times more beneficial than green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. It is made of straight, stoneground tea leaves, so you are consuming the entire leaf. The tea leaves are grown in the shade, which results in increased chlorophyll levels, turns the leaves a darker shade of green, and causes the production of amino acids. These altered growing conditions result in matcha having a sweeter taste than normal green tea.
Healthy smoothies are often sweetened with bananas, however I’ve read that bananas can increase mucus production… so when my sinus issues are really acting up I try to stay away from them. That is when I turn to grapes to help sweeten my veggie packed smoothies!
Another great benefit of using grapes is that when they are paired with blueberries, (as they are in this smoothie), they enhance each others antioxidant capacity! The antioxidant capacity of various fruits individually (apples, oranges, blueberries, grapes) has been found to be less than the same amount of a mixture of fruits.
Grapes are on the Dirty Dozen list, which means they have one of the highest concentrations of pesticide residue, so make sure you buy them organic!
This smoothie actually tastes like a real milkshake, except every single ingredient in it is good for you! The stars of this smoothie are:
Cacao Powder – full of antioxidants (up to 4 times the quantity found in green tea) and a great source of magnesium, fibre and zinc
Vega Choc-a-lot Protein Powder – this plant based protein powder is vegan, gluten-free and has no added sugar. A single scoop has 15g of complete protein, and 2 servings of veggies
Organic Wheat Grass – one of the best sources of living chlorophyll; check out all of the benefits of wheat grass here. You can grow your own wheat grass and juice it, or you can buy it in powdered form. Right now I am using Amazing Grass, Organic Wheat Grass powder.
I picked up some frozen mango this week and have been making this smoothie in the mornings before I head to work. It’s very easy and quick. You could even prep most of it the night before and just add the almond milk and blend when you wake up. It has lots of protein, potassium, magnesium among other things to start your day off with thanks to the spirulina and hemp seed – we can talk more about why those are so great in another post!
This recipe is for one serving, but if you wanted you could double/triple/quadruple it up and have smoothies for two or more.