Summer is literally knocking at our doorsteps. And with the warmer weather comes an abundance of fresh fruit. Smoothies (in the form of drinks, bowls or even inside another fruit) are a refreshing way to enjoy them. Add in some protein powder and you can have yourself a fully balanced meal.
Here are 5 of my personal favourite recipes.
- FIGure it out (pictured below)
This smoothie bowl is made to encompass all the macronutrients.
The base is blended (using a Magic Bullet but any blender should do) with 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt (for those lactose intolerant, you can purchase a lactose free brand such as So Delicious), 1 cup of fresh strawberries and 1-2 scoops of a plant-based protein powder (pending how thick of a texture you desire and how much protein you want to consume). Some of my favourite protein brands include Vega (chocolate or vanilla flavour) or Genuine Health (natural coconut). For this recipe, I used the coconut flavoured protein powder.
I topped it with mangoes, figs and chopped almonds.
2. Berry Much Love
Farmer markets are always so appealing with the endless stalls of berries. Next visit be sure to grab some and try the recipe below.
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup bananas
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries
- 1 cup of water (option to substitute for almond or coconut milk)
Blend the base ingredients. Adjust the amount of water/milk pending the desired consistency of the smoothie (i.e. increase the amount of water/milk if you prefer a more watery consistency).
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
3. Mango Tango
This spicy recipe adds a sweet kick in the form of a drink:
- 2 cups of frozen mangoes (I usually prefer to chop and freeze my own mangoes but you can purchase already prepared ones from the frozen aisle of most supermarkets)
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple
- 1 lime
- handful of raspberries
- 1/3 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Blend and serve!
4. Green Goodness
A refreshing drink that is a perfect way to incorporate your greens:
- 1 cup of spinach (option to substitute for kale)
- 1 cup of coconut water (my go to brand is “One”)
- handful of chopped pineapple
- small piece of fresh basil
- 1/2 cup of chopped cucumber
Blend and serve!
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter (pictured below)
A smoothie on the thicker side served in a papaya 🙂
The base is made with the following:
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (this is not the same as cocoa. Cacao is pure raw chocolate powder)
- 1-2 cups of almond or coconut milk again pending how thick you want the smoothie
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder (brand PB2)
Blend the base then pour into the centre of a papaya (after removing the seeds).
Top with mangoes, strawberries and shredded coconut. Then eat right out of the papaya!