I just had a birthday, and bought myself a Vitamix Blender. Too bad they don’t have purple, but red is the next best color, right?!?! One of my sisters sent me a protein smoothie recipe and so I finally decided to make it this morning for a recovery meal after I rode the bike trainer for 90 minutes. Although it has a cup of greens in it, it is not really looking like a green protein smoothie! But it was tasty!
I took liberties to alter the recipe, too so here is that I put in it:
Green Protein Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
1/4-1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1/4 cup raw almonds
1 tablespoon raw shredded coconut (unsweetened!)
1-2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1-1 1/2 cups greens – kale, collards, spinach, beet greens (any combination works)
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tablespoons Metagenics Perfect Protein powder, vanilla
1/2 ripe banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-1 1/2 cups liquid – I used an herbal tea left over from yesterday with more water.
1 inch turmeric root
1/2 inch ginger root
1/2 cup hemp seeds – if not using protein powder
1/2 raw beet
Place all ingredients into your Vitamix blender, add liquid last (protein powder somewhere in the middle but not on bottom like I just did – mucks up the blades over time. I just remembered that now. oops)
Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until all is blended smoothly.
Drink right away or save some for later! It made 3 x 16 ounce pint glasses, so I am definitely saving some for later as a snack vs trying to force it all down now. Was a nice tart smoothie with just a hint of sweetness. If you want more sweetness, use some real maple syrup, 2-4 dates or some apple cider in place of some of the liquid.
One of the best tasting recovery smoothies I have actually made! With anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger to boot 🙂
And really easy for any athlete (cyclist, runner, triathlete, etc) to do!
If you want to purchase the Perfect Protein, go to www.metagenics.com and use JChodorowska as your practitioner code.