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.
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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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