When we think about what to drink in the morning, typical beverage options include coffee, orange juice and tea. So, why do smoothies tend to get the cold shoulder as a suitable liquid refreshment for breakfast?
While some might find the idea of gulping down a frozen concoction a tad too much to start the day off with, the fact of the matter is that there is no official rule dismissing smoothies from becoming a traditional breakfast beverage. In fact, why not combine the nutritional health benefits and antioxidants of green tea with the incredible luscious taste of a smoothie? The result is an eclectic blend of vitamins and minerals that is able to satisfy your sweet tooth without having to feel too guilty about it in the morning.
First off, you will need the following ingredients to craft the ultimate green tea breakfast smoothie:
- ¾ cup of brewed green tea
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ honeydew melon, sliced into small chunks
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- ¼ cup of non-fat or almond milk
- 2 scoops of VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake Vanilla powder
Add the frozen banana, chopped honeydew melon, honey, almond milk into the blender and drop two scoops of the VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake Vanilla powder on top of it all. The VeganSmart powder will boost your smoothie with 22 essential vitamins and minerals, including 50 percent of your daily recommendations for vitamin A, C and K, as well as a powerful combination of fiber and omega-3s that will work to strengthen your brain and heart. Next up, add the brewed green tea, and blend until you have crafted the ultimate breakfast smoothie that will provide the jumpstart you need to take on the rest of your day!
While navigating through the morning commute, whisking the kids to school or making sure the dog gets gets a walk before you head to the office, we all could use a little help starting to day off right. For many, that morning pick-me-up consists of at least one or more cups of java. According to Harvard University, 54 percent of Americans age 18 or older drink at least one coffee beverage every day, with an average of 3.1 cups consumed daily per person. All of that sugar and caffeine can start to add up, so why not start trying something that will jump start your engine as well as provide numerous health benefits for your body?
Instead of waiting in line and breaking the bank to get your java fix in the morning, try blending this iced coffee recipe at home and add a few scoops of Symbiotics Colostrum Plus Powder in it to help boost your immune system. The powder has a variety of beneficial nutritional supplements in every scoop, such as lactoferrin, immunoglobulins and proline-rich polypeptides, that assist your body in building a strong intestinal lining, increase the agility of your immune response system and help your aching muscles recover from another day on the job.
Here is all you will need to whip up this refreshing and healthy concoction:
- 1½ cups of crushed iced
- 1 ounce shot of espresso
- ¾ cup of non-fat milk
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar (more or less depending on preference)
- 2 scoops of Symbiotics Colostrum Plus Powder
Simply add all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until its smooth and creamy. For those with a sweet tooth, spruce it up by spraying a little whipped cream on top and drizzle with some chocolate syrup for a dessert beverage that will not feel too guilty on your conscious as it goes down.
When it comes to breakfast, vegans often get the short end of the stick. With such an emphasis on meaty morning meal selections, its hard to find a recipe that is completely void of animal products. Luckily there are a few ways to put a vegan spin on classic breakfast staples.
Sometimes you need to sweeten things up at the beginning of the day, and nothing suits better than some old fashioned vegan cinnamon rolls. Make sure you have the following ingredients:
- ⅛ ounce package of vegan crescent rolls
- 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
- 2 tablespoon soy milk
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, roll out the crescent roll dough while spreading the vegan margarine all over it. Sprinkle the cinnamon and granulated sugar on top, and roll the dough back up into a log formation. Cut the rolls into your preferred sizes, and place them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, blend the soy milk, maple syrup and powdered sugar until its completely smooth, and once the rolls are out of the oven, drizzle over and enjoy!
Looking for a filling breakfast meal that is also vegan friendly? You are not alone. Reports have shown that 2 percent of Americans consider themselves to be vegan, but as their population continues to grow, breakfast options remain relatively unchanged.
The best way to eat vegan is to cook for yourself, and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, here is a great recipe that is completely animal-product free. Nothing beats a hearty serving of hash browns in the morning, and this vegan twist can offer up some eclectic flavor. Here is what you will need for ingredients:
- 4 medium and diced potatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- 2 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 3 tablespoon. extra virgin olive oil
- A pinch of sea salt and pepper
Bring the diced potatoes to boil in a large pot of water, and then cover them for about 15 minutes as they cook. Take out a large skillet and cover the bottom with the olive oil. Mix in the scallions and soy sauce together, stirring it frequently.
Once the potatoes have thoroughly boiled, add them into the pan along with the garlic, paprika and parsley. Keep mixing and add a dash of salt or pepper, and eventually you will marvel at this splendid vegan breakfast entree.
There are a reported 31 million Americans who skip out on breakfast every day, meaning that there are a ton of people who start their mornings deprived of the vitamins and minerals necessary to avoid that mid-day slump. Eating breakfast can improve your body in a variety of ways, including losing weight, helping your heart and maintaining an overall healthier diet. For vegans, however, breakfast can be a hard meal to accommodate to. The emphasis on bacon, eggs and sausage does not mesh well with an avoidance of animal products. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious and healthy vegan breakfast recipes that will start the morning off right and keep you vitalized throughout the day.
Replacing eggs with tofu is a great switch that can substantially help lower cholesterol levels, and some studies have even reported that eating eggs is just as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes. Here is what you will need to scramble up a scrumptious tofu breakfast bursting with flavor:
- 1 pound extra firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
First off, chop the tofu up into small cubes, while squeezing out any excess water. In a saute pan, combine the olive oil, soy sauce, onion powder, thyme, paprika and garlic salt and stir the contents thoroughly while cooking at a medium heat. When the ingredients start to warm up, spread the contents evenly on the surface of the pan.
Sprinkle the tofu cubes all throughout the pan, and continue to stir as the mixture blends together. After around 8-12 minutes, the ingredients should start turning into a golden brown, and once its firm, your tofu scramble is ready to be served. Nothing beats a little whole wheat toast on the side as well.
Looking for a beverage that is just as tasty as it is good for you? Craft the ultimate blueberry smoothie, a nutritious creamy blend of berry goodness that is also loaded with healthy antioxidants that will give your immune system a boost this spring! Add in a few scoops of VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake Vanilla, and you will not only add to the flavor, but pack on the essential vitamins and minerals you need every day.
Blueberries are the perfect choice of fruit for a smoothie because of their wide range of health benefits. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Maine discovered that consuming 2 cups of blueberries per day for an eight week duration will help improve your body's vascular health and lower blood pressure, while another study from professors at Oregon State University have pointed to blueberries possessing qualities to vastly improve overall immune system health.
The addition of pouring a few scoops of VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake Vanilla will add 22 essential vitamins and minerals into your body, as well as 50 percent of your daily recommended protein requirements and 24 percent of your daily dietary fiber, while also being completely dairy, soy and gluten free.
First things first, here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- 1 cup of unsweetened and frozen blueberries
- ½ cup of low-fat milk
- ½ cup of nonfat plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla creamer
- ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 2 scoops of VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake Vanilla
After simply blending all the ingredients together, you will have the ultimate spring beverage concoction that will have your body thanking you just as much as your taste buds. Simply serve chilled, relax and most importantly, enjoy!
At some point during America's obsession with Nutella in the past five years, "healthy" became a term loosely associated with the famous cocoa and hazelnut spread. Perhaps this was an attempted justification that was created for warranting extreme usage of the delicious paste. However, the trend of putting Nutella on every slice of toast you consume falls far from healthy.
In 2012, a class action lawsuit was successfully held up in court that ordered Nutella to pay $3 million in a settlement due to a lawsuit filed by a Californian mother on behalf of people who felt they were purposely misinformed about the health benefits of the product from the company. Yes, apparently people were extremely serious enough about their Nutella to eventually resort to the judicial system rewarding them for their nutritional ignorance.
Many were surprised to find out that Nutella actually carried more than 100 calories, 6 grams of fat and 11 grams of sugar in 1 tablespoon. However, there are plenty of variations of the spread available that won't sacrifice that creamy delicious goodness while also boosting more nutritious qualities. Here is a vegan friendly recipe for Nutella lovers who are actually conscious of their health:
You will need the following ingredients:
- 200 grams of organic tofu
- 2 cups of dates
- 1 cup of hazelnuts
- 2 teaspoons of imitation vanilla extract
- 2 scoops of VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake Chocolate
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spread out the hazelnuts on a baking sheet. Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes for ultimate perfection, then let them cool off and scrape the skin off of the nuts once at room temperature.
Next, using a food processor or a high-speed blender, crush the hazelnuts together until they have become smooth throughout. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and sprinkle a few scoops of the VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake Chocolate to give it an extra boost of protein, antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. You can also incorporate a few splashes of dairy-free milk to add to the thickness.
After everything has blended in together, enjoy your homemade vegan version of Nutella!
If you’re tired of winter’s chill and the number it’s done on your health, we have a solution for you. No, we can’t change the weather or take you on a trip to Maui, but we can suggest a way to bring the tropics into your life! Perhaps a mango passion fruit smoothie will do the trick? Mangos are pretty easy to find in most grocery stores – either fresh or frozen – but it can be difficult to find fresh passion fruit. The best place to look is your local Asian grocery stores, which typically have a pretty excellent variety of tropical fruits.
Mango passion fruit protein smoothie
- 1 cup cubed mango
- 4 halved passion fruits
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1 scoop VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake, vanilla
This recipe is pretty simple – scoop out the flesh of the passion fruits and add it to the mango, crushed ice, coconut water and protein powder. Blend until smooth, pour into a tall glass, garnish with a bright little paper umbrella and enjoy your high-protein smoothie bursting with tropical flavors!
Just because you're vegan doesn't mean you can't enjoy a creamy, protein-packed smoothie! In fact, there are many excellent soy yogurts on the market, and for an extra punch of protein, you can use VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake protein powder, which contains five non-GMO plant-based protein sources, is dairy-free and has a complete essential amino acid profile. Pair the below vegan smoothie with sweet and tart cherries, soy yogurt and VeganSmart for a delicious protein- and fiber-packed way to start your day. Here's the recipe:
Cherry soy vegan smoothie
- 8 oz. plain soy yogurt
- 1/2 cup frozen sweet black cherries
- 1 scoop VeganSmart vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup soy or almond milk
Pulse all ingredients in a blender and serve! If you cannot find frozen black cherries, carefully pit your own fresh ones or use 100 percent cherry juice instead. You can also experiment with this recipe by adding ice to give it a more "slushie" feel, or making it creamier with firm silken tofu. Another option is to add a banana or other fruit, which is a good idea if the cherries are very tart.
Sometimes, it's just one of those mornings where you need cake for breakfast. But do yourself a favor and choose one of the healthiest cakes – carrot cake – and with a little innovation and some protein powder, you can turn it into a high-protein, pretty healthy breakfast in pancake form!
Have your cake (for breakfast) and eat it too with this great carrot cake pancake recipe:
Carrot cake protein pancakes with maple-cream cheese syrup
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 scoops Naturade 100% Whey, Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons toasted and chopped pecans or walnuts
- 2 tablespoons golden or regular raisins
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 cup whole or almond milk
- 2 cups finely grated carrots
- 3 tablespoons butter for griddle
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese, low-fat
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Whisk together flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in bowl.
- Mix in raisins and nuts.
- In a separate bowl, combine the egg, brown sugar and milk, whisking them together thoroughly. Stir in the shredded carrots.
- Slowly combine the carrot mixture with the dry ingredients, stirring them as your pour until they are just incorporated.
- Let your batter rest for five to 10 minutes.
- While the pancake batter is resting, it's time to make the syrup.
- Soften the cream cheese in the microwave and then combine it with the maple syrup using a stand or hand mixer. When adding the slightly softened butter, make sure to use the whip attachment and mix for about two minutes.
- The drizzle should thicken but still be pourable. Adjust the ratios if necessary.
- Pour the pancakes on a greased griddle and cook until browned on each side.
Stack your pancakes and serve them warm with the cream cheese-maple syrup, knowing that even if you're indulging a little, you're having a high-protein breakfast that somehow also incorporates carrots!