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.
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.
It happens every fall and it never seems to get old – people go wild for pumpkin-flavored everything, from cupcakes to soup. If you've jumped on the pumpkin train – and really, who could blame you – here's an excellent pumpkin protein smoothie recipe to incorporate into your fall repertoire for a delightful breakfast or after-workout boost:
- 1/2 cup of pure canned pumpkin (unsweetened, not pie filling)
- 1 scoop VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake – Vanilla powder
- 3/4 cup almond or rice milk
- 6 to 8 ice cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Natural sweetener, to taste
Put all of the ingredients in the blender, mix until smooth and enjoy!
There are also several variations to try to customize this recipe. Rather than adding a bunch of spices, some people like to substitute VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake – Chai for the vanilla powder to spice it up! Another option is to make the shake heartier and sweeter using a slightly overripe banana, or getting your grains in by blending in 1/2 cup of oats. The pumpkin and protein are the important parts, so add whatever you like to make it the smoothie your own!
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Submitted by A. Parsons of Parkersburg, WV
1/4 cup cold water, ice cold, 3/4 cup ice cubes, 2/3 cup peeled cucumber, seedless, 2/3 cup honeydew melon, Zest of half an orange, 1/8 cup fresh mint, 3 scoops Naturade Total Soy Vanilla Flavored Meal Replacement Mix. In blender or smoothie maker, combine water, ice cubes, cucumber, melon, orange zest, and mint and blend. Halfway through blending mix in two scoops of vanilla flavored Shake Mix. Process until very smooth. Garnish serving glass with additional orange zest curls, orange slices, cucumber slices or honeydew slices. Enjoy!
- 6 oz raspberries
- 9 oz strawberries
- 100gms acai frozen bar or 4oz blueberries
- 1-2 bananas
- 1 cup almond milk
- Blend 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon each honey and lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup ice
- 4-6 frozen coffee cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- splash of flavored coffee creamer (sugar free)
- 1-2 tsp. coco powder
- 1-2 scoops pea protein vanilla
- 1 scoop lite whip cream
Blend together in a blender until all mix and enjoy!
1/4 cup cold water, ice cold, 3/4 cup ice cubes, 2/3 cup peeled cucumber, seedless, 2/3 cup honeydew melon, Zest of half an orange, 1/8 cup fresh mint, 3 scoops Naturade Pea Protein. In blender or smoothie maker, combine water, ice cubes, cucumber, melon, orange zest, and mint and blend. Halfway through blending mix in two scoops of vanilla flavored Shake Mix. Process until very smooth. Garnish serving glass with additional orange zest curls, orange slices, cucumber slices or honeydew slices. Enjoy!
2 cups skim milk, 2 scoops Naturade Pea Protein, 3/4 cup vanilla flavored yogurt, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling), 1/2 tsp. roasted ground Saigon Cinnamon, 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 6 ice cubes, Whipped cream, 2 tsp. roasted ground Saigon cinnamon, 1/2 caramel syrup, Toasted pecan halves. Combine the first nine ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie mixture in 4 martini glasses and equally garnish each with whipped cream, roasted ground Saigon cinnamon, caramel syrup, and toasted pecan halves. Enjoy! Serves: 4 total time:10 minutes
Naturade Pea Protein is:
- Vegan Formula
- 100% Soy and Dairy Free
- 100% Gluten Free
- 100% Cholesterol Free
The Naturade® research and development team is proud to introduce Naturade Pea Protein™. Pea Protein is a natural plant-based protein that is derived from yellow peas (Pisum sativum), also known as “split peas.” This product is highly soluble, easy to digest, hypoallergenic – and it tastes great! Naturade Pea Protein™ is formulated using only the highest quality pea protein isolate available. Its phenomenal amino acid profile includes nine essential amino acids. Since essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the human body, they must be supplied by our diets. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are used by our bodies to support our bones, muscles and connective tissues.
Naturade Pea Protein™ is all natural and contains no animal by-products, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial colors. We use non-GMO pea protein that is 100% gluten-free, cholesterol-free, soy-free and dairy-free. Each great tasting vanilla shake provides an excellent source of vegetable-based protein and is suitable for low-carbohydrate dieters, vegetarians, vegans, children, athletes and anyone needing extra protein in their daily diet.