I make a smoothie every day that I am home – it’s like a ritual. I spend so much time traveling that it’s nice to be in my kitchen, preparing my own food. Sounds weird but when you don’t always have the option to make your own meals, you appreciate it so much more.
This is my daily recipe, it is obviously a lot of ingredients and you don’t need all of them. I have tried so many different ingredients and these are the ones that work for me. When I first started making smoothies, I just did non-dairy milk and a vegan protein. Along the way, I’ve tried different additions and variations but always come back to this recipe.
Oh, and it’s delicious. Not to toot my own horn but making something this healthy taste good is an accomplishment so toot, toot.
1/2 cup organic coconut water or non-dairy milk
I typically use almond but sometimes coconut milk, it will give the smoothie a thicker consistency. Coconut water is much thinner but is extremely hydrating.
1/2 to 1 cup water, depending on what consistency you like
Start with less water and add more if needed. It’s easier to make as smoothie thinner versus thicker.
1 Scoop Vega Protein & Greens in Vanilla
I like this because it’s low calories and low in sugar plus you are also getting two servings of veggies! It’s a plant-based protein, which is so much better for you than whey protein. Vegan or not, please avoid whey. It is a by-product of the cheese making process and instead of tossing it out, they found a way to market it to consumers as protein. Yuck.
1 TBSP Chia Seeds
You can buy in bulk at your local grocery store, good for fiber and keeping you full. They are good natural source of calcium. Flax seeds are also an option.
2 TBSP Powdered Peanut Butter
This will really add some flavor to your smoothie. I like this brand because it is non-GMO and does not have added sugar or salt. PB2 is another popular brand but they add sugar and salt, which is not necessary for flavoring a smoothie
1 TBSP Cacao powder
Full of antioxidants, iron, magnesium and calcium. You can always do 2-3 TBSP if you like a chocolaty taste
1 TSP Maca Powder
This helps with energy since it has caffeine; it also balances hormones and regulates cortisol. It is also a good sources of amino acids, B vitamins, iron and calcium. It has a butterscothy taste, which I love.
1/2 TSP Magnesium
I used to suffer from migraines and I refuse to take prescription drugs so this has really helped me. Magnesium is great for cardiovascular health and also sleep. It will also helps keep you regular if you know what I mean. Start with 1/8 of TSP and work your way up slowly.
1 TSP Spirulina
Basically pond scum but this algae detoxes the body, eliminates candida and boosts energy naturally. It’s great for the immune system, natural antibiotic and high in iron. Traditional spirulina is green but there is also Blue Spirulina, which is just the phycocyanin extracted so it doesn’t smell. Blue Spirulina is a good place to start if you are new to spirulina.
Healthy Dash of Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon not only tastes great but it also regulates blood sugar. If your cinnamon doesn’t say Ceylon, then it is Cassia cinnamon which is from a different plant, cheaper to manufacture and often contains ground flour or other ingredients. Ceylon is more expensive but you don’t need as much because it’s pure.
Dash of Turmeric
A natural anti-inflammatory that’s also good for the immune system and good for arthritis. Make sure you buy turmeric with no additives in it.
Dash of black pepper
This increases the absorption of tumeric in your body by up to 2000%, I promise you don’t taste either in the smoothie.
1/3 frozen banana
1/2 frozen zucchini
1/2 cup frozen or fresh spinach
1/2 cup ice
Like I said, you don’t need all the ingredients here – pick a few that you like and/or have appealing health benefits. Don’t forget to read the Smoothie Making Tips post to really up your smoothie game!
Let me know if you’ve tried the smoothie and your thoughts below!