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This summer, I’ve been training for my first marathon. This means I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors exploring my city and a little time walking funny and cursing my kneecaps. What else comes with marathon training? Making smoothies!
After sweating it out in the sun after a run, nothing feels better than a cold smoothie. So I’ve been blending up my favourite recipe several times a week. I’m not too great at remembering to eat fruit, so I fully credit this smoothie for helping me avoid scurvy.
Before this summer I was smoothie-clueless, so I thought I’d share my favourite recipe for anyone who’s looking for some inspiration. I’m extremely lazy when it comes to food prep, so I promise you this recipe is super simple.
Strawberry Banana Plant-Based Protein Smoothie (13 g of protein!)
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk
- 4-5 slices frozen banana
- 4-5 slices frozen strawberry
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Steps: Grab blender pitcher. Add milk. Add frozen fruit. Add seeds. Blend. Voilà!
- If your smoothie comes out too thick, add more soy milk. If it’s too liquidy, add more frozen fruit.
- To add more vitamin C, replace 1/2 cup of the soy milk with 1/2 cup of orange juice.
- For a chocolatey variation, replace the vanilla soy milk with chocolate soy milk. Yum!
- To amp up the protein, add a tablespoon of peanut butter (4 g of protein).
Why hemp & chia?
Hemp seeds and chia seeds are super nutritious and don’t taste like much, so I keep a bag of each in my pantry and always throw them in my smoothies. Hemp seeds are sources of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are great for a healthy heart. They’re also awesome sources of protein – just 1 tablespoon contains 3 grams!
Chia seeds are another source of omega-3 fatty acids and very high in fibre with 4 grams in each tablespoon. They also contain 2 grams of protein per tablespoon. When you add together the chia, hemp, fortified soy milk, strawberries and banana slices, this smoothie contains about 13 grams of protein. Who said you need protein powder in a protein shake??
Why I use a stainless steel straw
The US goes through 500 million straws in just one day. That’s a huuuge amount of single-use plastic that ends up polluting the ocean and hurting the marine animals that live there. I recently ditched all plastic straws in my home and started using stainless steel reusable straws for my smoothies. And I love them! If you want to send some love to our oceans, consider making the switch to reusable straws.
For those of you who hate cleaning blenders…
Until this summer, I never made smoothies. Like ever. And 99% of the reason was because I dreaded cleaning the blender pitcher. I’m not ashamed to admit it, the grimy residue was simply too much for me to handle. When my boyfriend made himself a smoothie, I would do all of the dishes except the blender, which would stubbornly sit there until he cleaned it.
This summer I got a new blender, and that’s the only reason why I’m making smoothies. My new machine is small, extremely simple to use and hardly requires any clean up. You actually make your smoothie straight into a drinking cup so you don’t even need to wash an extra glass. If you’re looking for a super simple smoothie blender, check out the Magic Bullet here.
I hope you found some inspiration from my go-to protein shake recipe! The best thing about smoothies, is that you can use almost any combo of fruit and juice and it will still taste great. What’s your favourite smoothie recipe? Let me know in the comments!
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