July 29, 2015

Mint Chocolate Spinach Smoothie and Berry Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie

Hello folks!

One thing I make a lot of and don't seem to blog much about are protein smoothies. They are great for a breakfast on the go, a midday snack, or to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth craving. Your muscles crave protein, especially if you use weights, so make sure to incorporate lots of protein into your diet. I do have two protein shake recipes here and here, but I have two new protein smoothie recipes coming right up! Read on...

First up is my favorite protein smoothie ever--my Mint Chocolate Spinach Smoothie! I make it so much and am in heaven every time. It lasts about two minutes before I suck it all down. :-)

I know some people are squeamish about putting greens in their smoothies and shakes, but I promise you can't even taste it. More than that, if you're one of those people who really needs to get more veggies in your diet, here's an easy, tasty way to sneak'em in. You can also leave out the mint if you're not a mint person and it tastes like chocolate banana OR you can leave out the mint and add peanut butter for a super decadent smoothie. My boyfriend loves it with the peanut butter. It's really so versatile... you can do kale instead of spinach, add berries, whatever your heart desires.

Mint Chocolate Spinach Smoothie
Makes 1 large or 2 small

1 frozen banana (sliced or broken in half)
1 handful spinach leaves
3-4 mint leaves (optional)
2-3 tsp cocoa powder
1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or milk of choice)
1 scoop unflavored protein powder (you could sub vanilla or chocolate if you'd like)
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
1-2 tsp agave nectar (can omit if using flavored protein powder and/or chocolate chips)
2-3 ice cubes (optional, but it thickens the smoothie and makes it nice and cold)
Place all ingredients in a blender and liquify!

Next up is this beautiful Berry Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie. The hemp hearts add in omega fatty acids that are good for your brain, heart, eyes, and skin. You could also use chia seeds or just leave out seeds altogether.

Berry Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie

1 frozen banana (sliced or broken in half)
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1.25 cups cashew milk (or milk of choice)
1 scoop whey protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)
1 Tbsp hemp hearts

I hope you enjoyed these smoothies! What kind of protein shakes do you whip up in your kitchen?



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