blueberry protein smoothie

For as long as I have known her, my mother-in-law has loved her blueberry smoothies in the morning. She religiously swims three times a week (I know, impressive right!) and it is her go-to breakfast where she can put a scoop of protein in her magic bullet (feel full and yet not heavy!) and head to the pool. Until recently she would make her shake with greek yoghurt and whey protein but she (like so many people) has developed an aversion and reacts to dairy.

She needed a good non-whey based protein so I recommend the brand I use, which is a plant-based/vegan and raw protein powder. In our house, we use the natural flavour since the chocolate and vanilla still use stevia, which I don’t eat and find way too overpoweringly sweet. She invested in purchasing it only to write us soon after and say “I’m going to need ideas on how to help make my smoothie not taste like peas!”

Plant-based proteins are great. Even the ratio of protein to carbohydrates is pretty impressive if you’re concerned with that sort of thing. But without sweetener, fillers and dairy, you can be sure they are not like many conventional proteins out there and I can bet that if you are someone who uses a more natural protein then you’ve become creative in your smoothie ingredients, because your smoothies are more about the ingredients—the food— than about the flavour of the protein. I am always amazed at people who drink whey protein mixed with water and end up with this lustrously sweet and lovely drink but of course then you have to read the ingredients and realize that there are a list of powdered ingredients making it taste all rich and creamy.

So my poor mother-in-law has this big tub of hippie protein complete with hemp, coconut, pea and brown rice proteins and is surely thinking: what have gotten myself into I’ll just have to spend the rest of my days gagging down my beloved smoothies.

Quickly we start sending her ideas to add other foods to her smoothie to make it more creamy and delicious (and nutritious too!). A go-to is obviously banana for it’s creamy and natural sweetness, nut butter is unreal in smoothies, I suggest using an alternative nut milk instead of her yoghurt.

I always tell people to try and be creative in the kitchen and to be conscious of what feels good for them to be eating – some days it’s light green everything, some days we need more rich and oils in our diet. But of course sometimes we’re afraid to play around with our go-to items so I went on a blueberry-smoothie mission to try and come up with a few simple and easy recipes for my dear mom-in-law.  Here are a couple of the best ones to try. They’re rich enough they could stand up to the dairy-loving and whey-protein crowd. Promise.

Note: I used frozen blueberries, but you could use fresh. One thing I would do is use one frozen ingredient in your smoothies if you like them fresh and cool, like I do. I find refreshing is what I’m looking for in a blended drink. But if you like more room temperature then by all means use all fresh ingredients. You can of course also add a little ice to your mix!

#1:

  • 1 c blueberries
  • 1 1/4 c nut or coconut milk (why not try making your own cashew mylk!)
  • 1 scoop natural SunWarrior protein (Warrior Blend or Classic Plus)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 T hemp hearts
  • pinch of natural vanilla bean

#2:

  • 1 c blueberries
  • 1 c nut milk
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 banana
  • 2 T oat flakes
  • 1 scoop natural SunWarrior protein (Warrior Blend or Classic Plus)
  • 1 T almond butter or peanut butter (organic/just nuts)

Add a 1 leaf of cooked kale to either smoothie if you fancy getting more greens and adding an earthy flavour. I know it’s not for everyone, but it can be great!

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