How to BEEF Up a Vegan Smoothie

Warmer weather is upon us, and eating cooler is the thing to do. Starting off the day with (or changing out heavier fare for) smoothies is a great way to adapt to the climate change. Freezing bananas for future smoothies (or banana soft serve) every time they are about to go bad is a fantastic way to prevent food waste. **Tip: before you freeze and store your bananas, make sure to peel them!**

I love smoothies any which way, but if I am looking for something more substantial, here are some of my favorite ways to “beef” up a vegan smoothie. Feel free to add ice to your desired consistency if the fruit you are using isn’t frozen:

-Mango (1/2 – ¾ cup chopped)
-Frozen Banana
-Almond Milk or milk of your choice (add until desired consistency is achieved)
-Scoop of Pea Protein (I like Olympian Labs)
-Option for frozen pineapple as well
**This is a very malleable recipe: you can switch out peaches or nectarines for a different creamy treat, or you can substitute any berries of your choosing for the mango for a delicious berry-licious version**

Tropical Delight:
-Frozen Banana
-Coconut milk or coconut water (depending on desired flavor)
-Organcic Oryzatein Silk Sprouted Brown Rice Protein (I like Z Natural Foods)

Citrus Green Smoothie (courtesy of Vega One- their site has a whole recipe guide!):
-Vega One Natural
-2-3 Cups Spinach
-1/4 Cup Frozen Mango
-1/2 Cup Orange Juice
-Handful of Ice
-1/4 Cup Water
-1/2 Squeezed Lemon

PB&J Smoothie:
-1/2 – ¾ Cup Strawberries (Substitute Raspberries or Blackberries if you like)
-1 Frozen Banana
-Almond Milk (Add until desired consistency)
-2 TBSP Almond butter
-1 Scoop Pea Protein

Chocolate Greens:
-2-3 Cups Spinach
-1 Frozen Banana
-1 Scoop or Packet Chocolate Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Protein

Vegan Protein Powders Index:
  • VegaOne (Bonus: you can shake up alone with water for a delicious protein drink in Chocolate, Vanilla Chai, or Berry, Double Bonus: contains vegan probiotics!)
  • SunWarrior (Bonus: you can shake this up alone with water, milk or juice for an easy on-the-go protein drink in Chocolate, Vanilla or Natural.)
  • Olympian Labs Pea Protein
  • Z Natural Foods: Pea, Organcic Oryzatein Silk Sprouted Brown Rice and Hemp
  • Mercola Pea Protein (for those wanting just a wee bit, but not too much protein)
Happy summer, and happy blending!

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About the Author

Heidi Kristoffer, creator and producer of Microsoft Bing Fitness Yoga, is a yoga instructor who leads workshops and retreats across the globe and at Strala Yoga in NYC. She is a true believer that yoga cures: lengthening and strengthening through yoga helped heal a herniated disc in Heidi's cervical spine and prevented surgery on two broken vertebrae in her lumbar spine. Stemming from her desire to use yoga as a tool to heal and strengthen the body, Heidi maintains an intense focus on core integration and alignment and believes that playfulness is vital--always balancing strength with levity. A vegan and yoga expert for, Heidi is always looking for the most delicious ways to fuel and re-fuel before and after yoga.

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