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7 healthy vegan protein smoothie recipes

Aug. 4, 2014, 10:04 a.m.
spinach apple protein smoothie

Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch

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Apple Spinach Protein Smoothie

This recipe calls for vegan protein powder. There are quite a few brands out there to choose from. Two of my favorites are Vega Sport, which has chocolate and vanilla flavors, and Garden of Life Raw Protein "Beyond Organic Protein Formula," which is unflavored. I use them mostly depending on what kind of flavor I want in the smoothie. Much of the time if I want added protein without changing the flavor much, I'll add Garden of Life. But if there's a recipe that would benefit from the flavor -- such as this recipe which is delicious with vanilla flavored powder -- then I'll use Vega Sport. It's up to you -- and you might have a different brand you really love even better. Go with what you like best.
 
As for spinach: Use as much spinach as you want. You can't add too much, since it won't do much to alter flavor. And you'll get tons of fiber, and a boatload of nutrients and vitamins like potassium and vitamins A and K. So don't be shy with the spinach! Also, remember to get an organic apple and leave the peel on so you can get the most nutrients from this fruit.
In all, this smoothie offers about 33 grams of protein.

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Total time: 5 minutes 

Yield: 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies

 
Apple Spinach Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 large organic apple
  • 3-4 cups organic spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon organic almond butter
  • 1 scoop (or packet) Vega Sport vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened original almond milk
  • 4-5 ice cubes
Directions
  1. Add all the ingredients except spinach to a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add spinach in batches, blending a handful at a time until it is all incorporated.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!