4 plant-powered, nutrition-packed, crazy delicious smoothies for fall
Posted Sep 16 2013 4:30am
One of the most common questions I’m asked by health coaching clients, as well as other friends and family members, is “Can you recommend a good, clean vegan-friendly protein powder?” This isn’t necessarily because they’re vegan – other reasons include:
Their digestive systems don’t tolerate dairy
Other protein powders they’ve tried upset their stomach
Other protein powders they’ve tried contain too many artificial ingredients and sweeteners
Their past experiences have led them to think that plant based protein powders are all chalky and taste like sawdust (a fair point in many cases)
They want to follow a mostly plant-based diet but believe that vegan-friendly proteins aren’t complete (as in, they don’t provide all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make, which actually isn’t the case.)
While I’m always an advocate of whole foods before supplements, I know that sometimes hectic schedules just doesn’t allow us to cook and sit down to nutritionally complete meals three times a day. In these cases, it’s important to have high-quality, clean alternatives that you can use in a pinch. I’ve raved in the past about how much I love Vega pre-workout energizer(it’s one of my secrets for making every early morning workout awesome ), especially since I don’t have an appetite for much else before early morning runs. But you’ll also find a healthy supply of Vega’s Performance Proteinin my kitchen cupboard. It comes in chocolate, vanilla, and berry, and it’s the best plant-based protein powder I’ve come across yet.
I’ll leave you to check out its nutritional goodness here , but in the meantime, I’ve got 4 amazing smoothie recipes for you! You could certainly swap in any other protein powder in these recipes, but if you happen to be shopping around for a new one, I’d suggest giving Vega a try!
First up, the Apple Spice Smoothie - Apples sprinkled with cinnamon are one of my favourite snacks, and this recipe is the liquid form of that. Cinnamon can help to regulate blood sugar, and it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory. I’ve tossed a big handful of spinach in this one in order to amp up its nutrition profile, and for anyone new to green smoothies, I promise that this one doesn’t taste ‘green’ at all!
Next, the Pumpkin Chai Smoothie – A staple during this time of year, is it even possible to have too much pumpkin? I don’t think so.
Thirdly, the Carrot Cake Smoothie - This one is packed with vitamin A and beta carotene, which is an antioxidant. (Same goes for pumpkin.) Vitamin A is really important for good vision and immune health and our bodies can’t make it on their own. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to boost your body’s ability to combat nasty cold bugs, and this smoothie can help you do just that!
And last but certainly not least, the Banana Nut Smoothie – Think of it as banana bread in a glass. With a bit of natural nut butter added, those healthy fats will help keep you full for hours. And if you’re all out of nut butter, just blend in a few pecans, walnuts, or other nut of choice.