High Protein Creamy Smoothie
Yummy, Creamy High Protein Smoothie
The most common question I get asked when discussing a whole food plant based diet is, “Where do I get my protein?” It’s a legitimate question – As Americans we are ingrained to think “protein = animal”. Nothing could be farther from the truth, especially if you want to be healthy. There is no comparison between the health benefits provided from plant based protein vs animal based protein. Plant based proteins are anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and have the added benefits of fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients, to name just a few.
This particular smoothie packs a wollap – 48 grams of protein (without the protein powder it would still have 29 grams of protein) and it’s very filling. This is well over 50% of what I require in a given day, so not bad for a breakfast or snack smoothie. If you want to know how many grams of protein you should eat in a given day, read this blog “How Much Protein do You Need?”
This smoothie can be changed up a bit, and I provide options below, but if you want the high protein content, the soy milk, hemp seeds, my favorite is our Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder and nut butter ingredients are the ones providing the high protein you need.
This smoothie isn’t particularly sweet, so I give you the option of adding another banana and/or dates/date syrup to “up” the sweet quotient. This would be particularly good for kids or those gradually moving towards healthier eating.
The calorie content of this smoothie is about 400-450 calories – fine if you consider it a healthy, robust breakfast, but do realize it is a strong part of your daily calorie consumption.
Let me know how you enjoy it!
1 cup unsweetened organic soy milk (8 grams of protein) – your can use other plant-based milks if you prefer but the protein will suffer
1 serving Complete Vegan Protein Powder – your choice of Vanilla or Chocolate (19 grams of protein)
1 serving (2-3 Tablespoons) organic hemp hearts (9-11 grams of protein)
1 Tablespoon organic nut butter – I used peanut butter (8 grams of protein), there are other choices but you’ll lower your protein content
1 cup organic baby spinach (3 grams of protein)
Optional: 1 organic banana, 2 dates or 1 Tablespoon date syrup – to add sweetness if you need it
Optional: a few ice cubes if you like your smoothies extra cold.
Place all ingredients except the protein powder in the blender and blend until completely smooth.
Add the protein powder last and on low speed just “stir” to combine. This protein powder can get bitter if over-blended, hence best to add last.
Dr Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN, CFMP
Founder of Root Cause Medical Clinic
Author of “The Gluten Effect”