Are you looking for a high protein, vegan smoothie that is made without protein powder? The Husband Protein Smoothie is IT!
Back in February, when we did the Eat More Plants Challenge, my husband Tim realized he wasn’t getting enough fruits and vegetables into his diet. He ditched his cereal or eggs and toast breakfast for a smoothie that packed with fruits, greens, and, most importantly keeps him FULL until lunch.
Tim is a big guy. He’s around 6’4″, 235 pounds. If he’s going to have a smoothie for breakfast, it’s got to be a SMOOTHIE. I’ve been tweaking this recipe for the last few months until I finally got it right.
The requirements were tough. No bananas allowed (he doesn’t love them). Must be high in protein and filling, but without protein powders (I’m not crazy about protein powders). Must be filled with fruits and vegetables. This smoothie does all of that and more. In fact, this Husband Protein Smoothie is packed with health benefits. Let’s take a look:
The Husband Protein Smoothie Benefits
- Contains 4 servings of fruit.
- Contains 2 servings of vegetables.
- Over 20 grams of plant-based protein.
- Hulled hemp seeds provide a complete protein, reduce inflammation, have an ideal balance of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids, and are rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Ginger is another anti-inflammatory food and is also great for digestion.
- Loaded with fiber which is important for digestion.
- Spinach is a rich source of many vitamins and phytonutrients, making it an anti-cancer food.
- Naturally sweetened with maple syrup (never mind the bits of almond butter floating in the syrup in the picture up there–I should have used a clean measuring spoon!), which contains manganese, zinc, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium.
- Contains oats, which have been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol levels and boost immune system function.
The nutritional calculator I use didn’t recognize hemp seeds, so I don’t have a complete nutrition label for you. I did, however, calculate that this smoothie is between 500-600 calories and has between 20-23 grams of protein, depending on how much almond butter you use. There’s not a huge difference in taste between 1-2 tablespoons, but you can taste it more when you use two.
I’m so happy that Tim is starting his day in such a nutritional way these days. If you or someone you know needs a breakfast makeover, give this high protein vegan smoothie a try!
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1¼ cups water
- 1-2 tablespoons almond butter
- 3 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until super smooth.