Who doesn't love a great smoothie?! Today I'm sharing two different recipes with you, one of which I enjoy every morning as part of my breakfast, and the other I have occasionally when I need a hit of protein and/or am craving something sweet.
NUTRIENT DENSE GREEN SMOOTHIE
This bad boy is packed to the brim with tons of goodies your body will thank you for! The star of the show is the Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens, which is a mix of raw organic greens, marine collagen peptides, and probiotics, and seriously tastes great with a natural coconut vanilla flavor.
Collagen is the glue that holds our bodies together, as the most abundant protein in our bodies, and it promotes healthy and youthful skin, hair and nails, and is essential to maintaining the health of your body's joints, bones, tendons, and cartilage. (And one scoop of this packs 11g of protein to boot!)
Update: Vital Protein now makes a Matcha Collagen which is an amazing addition to this smoothie, or you can substitute for the Beauty Greens.
I add in a dose of matcha tea, which is antioxidant, chlorophyll and polyphenol rich, carries a ton of vitamins, and gives a boost to your metabolism and immune system. Extra goodies like aloe, lemon, and spinach delivers a dose of vitamin c and zinc among other goodness, and the banana and apple are a healthy source of carbs to get your morning started off right.
I've been drinking this almost every morning for over a year, and I swear I can see an actual difference in my skin when I'm having this daily, vs when I'm not (like when I'm traveling).
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens
- 1 packet of Matcha Tea Powder (Vital Proteins now makes a Matcha Collagen too that is an amazing addition to this!)
- 1 small banana
- A quarter of an apple (about 50g)
- Juice from quarter of a lemon
- Big handful of baby spinach
- 1 cup Aloe Juice (check your ingredients!) or coconut water
- 2 ice cubes
- Water (optional)
Combine all ingredients in blender, adding (more) water if you prefer a lighter consistency.
TREAT YOSELF PROTEIN MILKSHAKE
Sometimes a girl just needs a cold, creamy, chocolatey milkshake, ya know? While there's absolutely no shame in going for the real deal, I have found this to be a great make-at-home alternative that has some simple substitutions that will help you stay on track to hit your goals!
Personally I use a dairy based ice cream for this (Halo Top), but this would work just as well with Arctic Zero or a coconut cream ice cream of choice! Similarly, the milk I use is a plant-based, protein heavy dairy free milk (it's what we keep in the house for my lactose intolerant husband), but any milk of your choice (nut, coconut, dairy, etc) would work!
- 1 scoop Equip Foods Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 serving Halo Top Mocha Chip Ice Cream
- 1 cup Ripple Protein milk (or nut/dairy milk of choice)
- 1 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!