This week has been graced by much-needed fall weather here in OKC, and I’ve been loving it! Yesterday I was craving a thick and creamy, rich antioxidant smoothie that wouldn’t send my blood sugar levels soaring and left me feeling satisfied.
And I nailed it. This smoothie is perfect for post-workout, early mornings…or skip the workout and enjoy it anyway, guilt-free. It’s nutritious, creamy, thick, and satisfying.
Here’s how to make this Clean Protein Chocolate Berry Smoothie
Clean Protein Chocolate Berry Smoothie
- high speed blender
- 1 C almond milk
- 1 C frozen cauliflower
- 1 handful of fresh spinach
- ½ C frozen raspberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp organic cashew buttah
- dash of ground cinnamon
- 1 scoop of Vega Clean Protein (I used the chocolate flavor, for obvious reasons)
- Pour milk, protein and remaining ingredients into blender
- Blend on “high” until thick and rich texture is visible
- Pour and serve. I like to top with melted deep dark chocolate, raw cacao nibs, berries, or homemade granola for added texture and fun. Enjoy!
I should also add that you can’t taste the cauliflower, because I really don’t like cauliflower, and I enjoyed the crap outta this creation.
I like Vega protein because I never felt like it added to my UC symptoms, and I have tried LOTZZZZ of different brands. In addition, Vega products contain no traces of whey or dairy. While whey is an easily absorbed protein source, it can add to stomach irritation. Need I say more? Oh- there’s no added sugar in this stuff. Okay- done. If you’re interested in shopping my very favorite plant-based protein powder here it is:
Hope you’re having a great day, wherever you are! Let me know what you think of this smoothie recipe if you decide to give it a try!
And for you food nerds in the house, here’s some additional info:
-cashews are among nuts that can lower inflammatory marker levels, such as C-reactive protein, but pick a nut butter without added sugar | source
-Make sure to eat a diet high in healthy natural fats to help tame your sweet tooth. Also, cinnamon is a great natural way to sweeten your smoothies without adding sugar! | source
-One cup of raw cauliflower will provide: 77% of daily vitamin C needs, 20% of daily vitamin K needs, and 10% or more of daily needs for vitamin B6 and folate | source
Keep moving forward 🙂