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:

Creamsicle:
-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:
-Pineapple
-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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Creator and producer of Microsoft Bing Fitness Yoga, Creator of CrossFlowX, creator and star of Revive Yoga with Heidi Kristoffer, as well as yoga and vegan expert for SHAPE.com, Heidi is a yoga instructor who leads workshops and retreats across the globe and at The Movement in NYC . Known for her happy, light-hearted approach, Heidi’s goal is to make yoga and deliciously healthy eating accessible to everyone. A former award winning actress of stage, film and television, Heidi makes it her mission to bring happiness to everyone through every medium.

Rated one of the: Hottest Trainers in America 2014 by Shape Magazine, most inspiring yoga teachers in the world by DoYouYoga, and most popular instructors in NYC by RateYourBurn, Heidi has been featured on Veria Living Live TV, interviewed by and featured in SHAPE, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan Germany, and many other publications.

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