Do you like frappuccinos – a mix between the words "frozen" and "cappuccino"? How about chai – a combination of spices like cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg? If so, consider spicing up your boring old protein shake into a chai frappuccino smoothie. Naturade makes a great chai version of its VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake that you can use for this recipe. It is completely dairy- and soy-free, has a complete protein blend and 22 vitamins and minerals and is gluten-free. Here's the recipe:
Chai frappuccino protein shake
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 2 scoops of Naturade VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake mix in chai
- 10 – 12 ice cubes
Add all of the ingredients to the blender and mix! If you'd like a more traditional protein shake meal replacement mix, you can use Naturade 100% Whey in vanilla flavor or Naturade Total Soy in vanilla and then add 1/8 teaspoon each of ground cardamom and ground cinnamon. You might also want to add baking cocoa to give it a chocolate chai flavor. Bananas added to the mix have been said to be a home-run in flavor as well.
While people generally need varying levels of protein based on their body composition, weight and daily activities, if you're gearing up for a big fitness competition or trying to bulk up a little, it's guaranteed that you'll want to eat a good amount of high-quality protein each day. Start your morning with a high-protein breakfast like this banana almond protein smoothie. It has different types of proteins to ensure that you work your way toward getting each of the essential amino acids each day. Here's the delightful recipe:
Banana oatmeal almond high-protein breakfast shake
- 1 whole banana
- 2/3 cup milk, any type
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
- 6 ice cubes
- 1 scoop Naturade Total Soy, Vanilla
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. If your almonds are whole, you might want to do a rough chop before blending them with the other ingredients. You can also use walnuts, pecans or any other type of nut for a punch of healthy fats, fiber and protein. Also, the oatmeal does not necessarily have to be cooked – in fact, some people prefer it in its crunchy "raw" state. Do whatever works for you.
In most areas of life, routine can get pretty stale. If you're tired of your plain chocolate or vanilla protein shakes, get a little fancy and mix things up with a cookies and cream recipe! You don't even need to buy a new protein powder; instead, you can just use the chocolate or vanilla Naturade Total Soy protein powder that you already have to make this easy cookies and cream shake. Here's the recipe:
Cookies and cream protein shake recipe
- 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, plain
- 1 scoop Naturade Total Soy in Vanilla
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- chocolate animal or graham crackers
To give the shake a chocolate flavor, you will use chocolate graham or animal crackers because they have less fat and sugar than chocolate and cream sandwich cookies. Use seven to 10 animal crackers or one to one-and-a-half "sheets" of chocolate graham crackers. Add all of the ingredients to the blender, crumbling the cookies into the blender while adding them. Finally, simply mix and enjoy! You can also add 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or half of a frozen banana for variation.
Though holiday traditions are many and diverse, having an abundance of sweets seems to be part of everyone's holiday celebrations. One in particular that many Americans partake in is the cutting out, baking and decorating of sugar cookies. If you love this tradition but are looking for a healthier cookie, try this high-fiber, whole-grain cut-out recipe. It uses chopped oats and whole-wheat pastry flour, and ground flaxseed mixed with water serves as an excellent egg substitute and fiber boost. It's sure to be just as tasty as the rest!
Whole grain cut-out cookie recipe
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup oats, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Mix the ground flaxseed with the water and refrigerate for about 20 minutes. It should be an egg-like texture.
- Pulse the oats in a food processor until they are finely chopped but not powdered.
- Beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, and then add the egg substitute and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Wrap the dough in wax paper or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease or line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Spread flour on a clean countertop and remove a small portion of dough, patting it with flour and then rolling it out until it's about 1/4-inch thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
- Bake the cookies for eight to 10 minutes, checking occasionally.
- Let them cool before decorating with colored frosting and holiday sprinkles.
These cookies will have a slightly nutty flavor. Though they have less sugar than traditional cut-out sugar cookies, the icing will add enough sweetness to make them perfectly tasty.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a delicious pair, but so are chocolate and banana. And let's not forget the perfect melding of flavors that comes from a peanut butter and banana sandwich. But what if we put them all together? Turns out, it's an awesome trifecta of deliciousness. If you like a little sweet, a little salty and a lot of protein, we've got a recipe for you, and it's vegan to boot!
Vegan chocolate peanut butter banana protein shake
- 1 scoop of VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake chocolate protein powder
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter, chunky or smooth
- 1 cup vanilla almond or soy milk
- 5 - 6 ice cubes
Add all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix them well. You can also vary the recipe, substituting the banana for another fruit that pears well with peanut butter and chocolate, like strawberries or raspberries, or leave out the peanut butter in favor of these fruits. To make your smoothie even more chocolatey, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Or, if you don't care much for chocolate, try VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake in protein powder in vanilla.
The spicy and sweet mixture of spices known as chai has long been used in places like India, Bhutan and Myanmar. The spices – generally a mixture of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and sometimes pepper – are steeped together with black tea, milk and a sweetener to make a strong, warming beverage that tastes like autumn in a cup. The awesome flavors of chai have caught on in the U.S. in recent years, most notably in pumpkin-spiced tea and coffee drinks.
But you can also add a spicy kick to your morning breakfast with Naturade's VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake in Chai, which is a meal replacement protein shake that will get you going in the morning. Combine it with milk, water, soy milk or another beverage and add raw oatmeal, which is great for your health because it provides fiber, is rich in vitamins and is a good source of prebiotics. Add some bananas or pumpkin to make it sweet. Here's the recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups of soy milk
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 1 scoop of VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake in Chai
- 1 frozen banana
Put all of the ingredients in the blender and enjoy!
The journey of 70.3 miles begins with a single sip… Ha!
So, I’ve got a LOAD of training ahead of me. I mean, I’ve just finished my 2013 season by meeting my first ever fitness goal of completing the Gulf Coast Half Marathon Series. Three 13.1′s along the Gulf of Mexico. That was awesome, and something that 1 year ago, I thought impossible.Now it’s time to up the ante.
In a year, I have to finish the Ironman Austin 70.3 triathlon. My first order of business is to tackle the races I did last year, but this time, with authority. So, that means I have to start my training season. Focus on hill training, heart rate training, bike training, and (my worst discipline) the swim. The good news? Post workout smoothies.
My favorite isn’t far from my go-to breakfast smoothie.
- 2 scoops of Naturade VeganSmart vanilla
- 1 spoon peanut butter
- 1 banana
- Handful of frozen berries
That’s it. It’s smoother than my breakfast smoothie and can get straight to work rebuilding my body. Plus, it’s a delicious treat that I feel like I’ve earned! So, drink up! You deserve it.
If you're a full-breakfast kind of person but you just don't have time to whip up omelets, French toast, cinnamon-apple oatmeal and fresh-squeezed orange juice on weekday mornings, you'll have to settle for something simpler but still filling. So, consider whipping up a banana-orange high protein breakfast shake. It actually tastes like a cozy, slow-rising morning and, as a meal replacement, it is filled with enough protein to last you well into lunchtime. Start your morning off right with this recipe:
- 1 scoop of Naturade Total Soy All-Natural Powder in French Vanilla
- 1 whole banana, mashed
- 16 ounces of fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
Pour all of the ingredients into a hand blender and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Serve with a slice of orange. If you have some extra time and a blender handy, turn the shake into a smoothie with six to eight ice cubes. You can even blend in some oatmeal for a serving of excellent heart-healthy grains, or some spinach for a kick of iron and other antioxidants.
Halloween is upon us, and that means candy galore. But if you're health-conscious and have a major sweet tooth, you can feel conflicted about the ingredients on the back of the candy bar – if you can't pronounce it, can it really be safe to eat? But why not treat yourself to some homemade candy? Since you make it, you'll know exactly what goes in it! Try these sumptuous homemade vegan candy bars for a healthier treat:
Vegan chocolate, almond and coconut candy bars
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- 20 – 24 roasted, unsalted almonds
- 6 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
Put all ingredients, except for almonds and chocolate, into an s-blade food processor until they stick together. Shape the filling into 10 to 12 rectangles, place them on wax paper-lined baking pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate, whisking in a bit of sea salt if you'd like. Then, press two almonds into each bar before dipping it into the chocolate. Refrigerate the bars for 20 more minutes, and then dip them again, giving them a double-coating of chocolate. Refrigerate one last time for 20 to 30 minutes and serve!
It's good practice to consume protein within an hour of working out to help your muscles repair themselves, especially after lifting heavy weights. But during flu season, it's also important to give yourself an immunity boost. While moderate exercise is typically very good for the immune system, going to a gym is not – think of all the germs just floating around on the machines and free weights! And it's nearly impossible to avoid touching your mouth, face or eyes while working out, so you could potentially transfer these germs into your system. Thus, add a boost of immune-supporting colostrum to your post-workout protein shake with this great recipe:
Immune-boosting post-workout recovery shake
- 1/2 cup non-fat milk
- 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 teaspoon Symbiotics Colostrum Plus Powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon honey
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a scoop of Naturade Pea Protein if you want an extra kick of protein in your shake, and use other ingredients like berries, which are packed with powerful antioxidants to complement the colostrum. Flax seed is great because it has omega-3s and protein, but you can also try chia seeds.