How to Make a Vegan Protein Smoothie
Packed with raw nutritional value and healthy benefits, this supercharged beverage is a great way to start your day. Whether you wake with a fitness routine or rise each morning preparing the family for work and school, the day ahead always begins with how you fuel yourself in the morning. This means beginning with a nutritional breakfast! The quickest and most efficient way to do this is by making up a power protein smoothie.
Without Protein, We Cease to Function!
Protein powder is a great option for consuming more protein in your diet. Shakes and smoothies are easy enough to make and clean up! There are various forms of protein made available on the market to suit whatever diet you follow. However, if you are vegan and have restrictions or intolerances to certain foods, that changes everything.
With the ever-changing ways in which we consume our foods, plant-based proteins have now been made available, and they contain all the macronutrients needed for a healthy, hearty breakfast. A collection of the right nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables is all that is required for a protein-rich smoothie. Plants are a great alternate source for the recommended intake of protein and have been proven to be just as effective as other types of protein powders.
- 1 tablespoon organic superfood plant protein
- 1 tablespoon raw organic vegan protein
- 1/2 tablespoon organic hemp protein
- 1/2 tablespoon organic maca powder
- 1 tablespoon organic linseed, sunflower seed and almond meal (LSA)
- 1/8 tablespoon licorice root powder
- 400 milliliters coconut water
- 1 organic banana
- 1 cup organic blueberries and/or strawberries
- Add the coconut water into the blender or nutribullet.
- Then add the superfood, vegan and hemp protein powders.
- Add the LSA, maca powder and licorice root powder before the fruit.
- Break up the banana and add to the mix, along with the organic blueberries.
- Blend all ingredients well until you have a smooth, creamy consistency.
- Pour into your favourite glass jar or container.
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Why Choose Plant-Based Protein?
Plants are biodegradable and create much less waste to the planet as opposed to animal protein. The manufacturing of the plant-based protein is much cleaner and healthier for the environment.
Plants are fiber-friendly, and they help with heart health. They consist of large amounts of both insoluble and soluble fiber, which have many great benefits. Insoluble fiber assists with the digestive system running smoothly and soluble fiber keeps us feeling fuller for longer.
When we sleep at night, our bodies rejuvenate, heal and repair; however, upon waking every morning we experience an imbalance of acidity. This acidity can also be caused by certain foods such as meats and carbohydrates. To counterbalance, the body will take minerals from our bones and other areas and distribute those minerals accordingly. Plant-based protein assists to combat these acidity levels. Plants have high amounts of chlorophyll, which provides the alkalinity that our bodies require.
Phytonutrients found in plants provide significant health benefits with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Phytonutrients may also enhance immunity and intercellular communication, they are known to repair damage to DNA from the exposure to toxin, detoxifying carcinogens and alter the estrogens metabolism. Phytonutrient based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes and spices can be found in various forms of plant-based protein powders.
No Hormones or Antibiotics
Plant-based protein doesn’t contain hormones and antibiotics, and if you are concerned with pesticides, then there are always the organic options.
Maca Root Powder
Maca root powder is a medicinal plant that grows in the mountains of Peru. Maca root is very nutritious and high in its content of carbohydrates and protein. It contains many bioactive plant compounds and essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron and copper.
Maca root powder is mainly known for its ability to raise the libido in both men and women. It increases and enhances fertility in men and assists in improving symptoms of menopause in woman by reducing hot flushes, and the disruption to sleep. Maca has the ability to improve mental well-being and mood swings by reducing depression and anxiety, this may also assist with menopausal symptoms.
When using maca powder as a supplement, it may boost exercise performance, energy and endurance. It is easy to incorporate into your diet and can be used in smoothies, protein balls and baked goods. Its availability is worldwide, and while it is considered safe to consume, care needs to be taken for those who have thyroid issues.
Licorice Root Powder
Licorice root powder can speed the repair of the stomach lining, restoring balance. This happens due to the anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid. Taking Licorice root supplement can assist the body in the production of healthy mucus. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging it.
Those with high levels of stress that find the adrenal gland exhausted due constant production of adrenaline and cortisol, will benefit from supplementing with licorice root as it stimulates the adrenal gland, promoting healthy levels of cortisol for the body. Licorice root powder is only to be consumed in small amounts as it is known to cause high blood pressure, swelling and irregular heart beat.
Essential Amino Acids
Essential amino acids are the building blocks of the body. They regulate almost all metabolic processes in the human body and are essential to our health and well-being. When purchasing plant- based protein powder, it is important to check that all the essential amino acids are available.
Nutrition Information for Vegan Protein Smoothie
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Unsaturated fat 2 g|
|Carbohydrates 19 g||6%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 65 g||130%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
© 2018 Sheryl Willetts