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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.