Protein shakes are a quick, easy and healthy on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Adding spinach increases the nutrition value without even tasting the greens. My husband comments his dreams have come true that we can make vegetables taste like a strawberry. A great way to get vegetables into kids or husbands.
I use a brown rice or pea based protein powders. Choose one with a low sugar content or made with Stevia. Growing Naturals and Vega One are a couple good brands that come in chocolate, vanilla and berry flavors. Substitute peanut or almond butter and 100% cocoa powder for the berries and you’ve got an excellent candy-like shake.
Frozen berries create a thick, creamy icy cold shake. Feel free to add other greens (like dandelion, kale, swiss chard) or fruits to switch up your blended treat.
BERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
gluten & dairy free
• 1 cup WATER
• 1/2 cup UNSWEETENED VANILLA ALMOND MILK
• 1-2 scoops VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER
• 2 cups FRESH BABY SPINACH
• 1 cup FROZEN MIXED BERRIES
• LIQUID STEVIA or RAW HONEY (optional)
Put all ingredients into a blender, liquids first. Add drops of Stevia or raw honey if more sweetness is desired. Blend until smooth.
Add almond butter, chia seeds or ground flaxseed for an extra boost of healthy fat & fiber!
NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING (w/ 2 scoops protein powder): 330 Calories, Total Fat 4g, Cholesterol 0mg, Total Carbohydrate 48g, Dietary Fiber 12g, Sugars 16g, Protein 33g