I know, there are millions of protein smoothie recipes circulating around the Internet. And it’s no surprise, since smoothies are so uniquely customizable and easy. Despite all the variety, I find myself continuously coming back to the same recipe, sometimes multiple days in a row. It’s a classic, it’s basic, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious.
Sometimes I make a few tweaks, such as adding a few scoops of avocado or frozen mango or nixing the peanut butter. But there are 3 staples that I include in every single smoothie: collagen, chia seeds, and milled flaxseed. None of these ingredients have much impact on flavor, which makes them pretty ideal for smoothies. Chia seeds are fun because they add a little crunch, in addition to being an excellent source of fiber, omega-3’s, and various vitamins and minerals. Flaxseed, similarly, is a great source of fiber and omega-3’s. I recently got into collagen because there’s been a lot of hype surrounding it lately, and if something might help both my skin and my dancer joints, it’s something worth trying. I chose this one because it’s natural and includes 5 different types of collagen peptides. I have also mixed it into my morning coffee, which works surprisingly well!
I always make sure to follow up my workouts with a good amount of protein. Orgain’s organic chocolate protein powder tastes great, and as an added bonus, is totally plant-based! I’m not vegan or even vegetarian but I eat very little meat as a personal preference. I also avoid whey protein because I’m avoiding dairy, which tends to wreak havoc on my skin. If you are vegan or vegetarian, or are just avoiding dairy like me, definitely give this protein powder a try!
Healthy protein smoothie recipe:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana (ripe or frozen)
- handful leafy greens (kale, spinach, or romaine)
- 1-2 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 1 scoop collagen protein powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
Don’t be intimidated by the leafy greens; I honestly don’t even taste them. It’s a great way to sneak in a little serving of vegetables. I personally find spinach to be the easiest to blend in, so if you’re skeptical, maybe start with that.
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