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tropical mint smoothie

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Tropical Mint Protein Smoothie

This is your all-day smoothie. If you have this filling meal for breakfast, you'll have energy the entire morning thanks to the fruit, and you won't want or need another meal until well into the afternoon thanks to the protein powder and seeds. The best protein powder for this smoothie is an unflavored variety. You'll get the nutrients but allow the wonderful fruit and mint flavors to stay at the forefront. I like Garden of Life "Beyond Organic Protein Formula" for this recipe.
 
As I mentioned before, I like to keep a stock of organic mango and tart cherry smoothie packets in the freezer and that works perfectly for this. But if you prefer just simple mango, then that works great too. I also like to keep acai smoothie packets in the freezer since it's an easy way to get this healthy fruit into my smoothies. Having a stock of these on hand makes it really easy to throw together a healthy smoothie in just a couple minutes. Using the ground seeds helps thickens this up and bring everything together.
In all, this smoothie offers about 33 grams of protein

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Total time: 5 minutes 

Yield: 1 large smoothie

 
Tropical Mint Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 large fresh orange (Valencia, Navel or Cara Cara are all great choices)
  • 1/2 cups frozen mango (or 1 packet Cheribundi organic Tart Cherry Mango puree)
  • 1 frozen sliced banana
  • 1 packet frozen Acai puree
  • 1 scoop (or packet) unflavored vegan protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
Directions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!