I often get asked how I’m sure I’m getting enough protein as a vegan. I try to be conscious of eating enough legumes, tofu, soy, spinach, etc., to accomplish this, but honestly, I’m not sure some days that I do – is anyone ever sure?
One attempt I make is to start the day off with a breakfast smoothie made with vegan protein powder. There are many brands of protein powder out there to try – I tend to lean towards ones that are vanilla flavored (just a personal preference). Pops and I start our days with these quite often actually. Each smoothie ends up different depending on what fruit I have on hand (or in the freezer) and what kind of soy or coconut yogurt I have. Here are the ingredients I like to add:
- Frozen bananas (I love to use frozen bananas to make the smoothie cold without adding ice which may water it down)
- Whole Fruit Slices – whatever’s on hand
- Frozen Fruit – again, whatever I have
- 1/2 Container of Soy or Coconut Yogurt – once again, whatever flavor I have
Today, my smoothie contained, soy protein powder, frozen bananas,
Then, I added some peach slices,
then some frozen mango chunks and frozen blueberries – I almost always add frozen berries to my smoothies.
Then I add some Almond Milk – of course you can use soy, rice, hemp, grain or any other variety milk you’d like. I prefer almond because of the taste – sometimes vanilla soy if that’s all I have, but I find there’s less aftertaste with the almond milk.
and finally, ENJOY!
3 comments on “Meatless Monday – Vegan Protein Morning Smoothie”
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Yummy! I just made a smoothie with hemp protein today. Great way to get some extra protein. I’ll have to try almond milk. I haven’t yet because I’m not a big almond fan.
How funny is that… I just made smoothies for my kids for snack (mango-orange, yum) and we swear by the same protein powder. We’re not vegan, but it is a great thickener, too, and yeah, even meat eaters sometimes miss out on protein. :)
yum! i feel like if i had a dishwasher, i’d break out my blender a lot more often. i love smoothies and shakes, but it’s hard to get all the goopy drink out of the crevices in my blender by hand!
i like the idea of the protein powder. i will be looking into that post haste!