Updated: Oct 24, 2019
what you'll need
½ cup blueberries or strawberries
½ cup plant-based milk (I like vanilla almond milk)
Handful of spinach
Handful of kale
2 tablespoons of coconut yogurt
1 scoop of plant based vanilla protein powder
1 teaspoon of Maca Powder
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
1 tablespoon of flax seeds
¼ teaspoon (or more) of spirulina
what I do
I like to start by mixing all of my dry ingredients in a small bowl (seeds, powders) in my NutriBullet or blender, pour generous amount of plant-based milk first and yogurt, then add kale and spinach, then fruit and dry ingredients last. The order doesn’t really matter, I just would not add the dry ingredients first because they get stuck in the NutriBullet.
All ingredients are interchangeable, but I think this is the best combination.I have made this recipe with rice milk, soymilk, unsweetened and sweetened almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, plain water, and almond coconut milk.
It tasted great with all of these!
Each ingredient in the smoothie is carefully chosen and it is completely dairy free!
Spinach: a superfood! thats always a good thing. its great for you hair, skin, nails, bones and full of vitamin C & K, potassium, iron, calcium, and way more but you get it. I could make a whole post on the benefits of spinach- prob will one day. I would suggest going IN on the spinach when adding it to your smoothie bc you cant taste it and it has endless benefits sooo why not.
Kale: full of antioxidants that fight diseases such as cancer! its high in fibre making it great for digestion and has a higher calcium content than daily milk. I usually use less kale than spinach b/c I can taste it when theres too much which taints my masterpiece of a smoothie and I'm not into that :)
Banana: I've been reading that it may aid in weight loss and has lots of fibre so its filling! reduces blood pressure and stress levels. great.
Blueberries: crazy high in antioxidants, prevent cancer, and ageing. love that.
also- if you care, they are one of my favourite snacks! I feel like blueberries are so magical. truly one of God's many gifts to this earth. they are just so good for you and tasty. why cant cookie dough be like that?
Soy Milk vs Almond Milk: both milks can be low in sugar if you choose the unsweetened kind, which is fine for the smoothie because the fruits and protein powder sweetens it. soy milk is high in fibre and protein. yay!
almond milk is low calorie and aids in lowering blood sugar. both are a great option, I use them interchangeably since they are both dairy and lactose free.
Vanilla Coconut Yogurt: low sugar, also dairy free, and a great source of probiotics (always here for it). IYKYK, but if not... probiotics are living good bacteria that aid in fighting disease and promote healthy digestion
Plant based protein powder: my two favorite brands are Orgain and Tropeka. I have only seen Tropeka in Australia unfortunately, but Orgain seems to be in both places. plant based protein powder is dairy free and usually lower in sugar than regular protein powders. protein helps build muscle which burns fat.
Spirilina: my new found discovery that im obsessed with. its high in protein, antioxidants, and has hella vitamins. I read that it has anti-cancer fighting and anti-inflammatory properties it is an appetite suppressant, boosts energy (great way to start your day), and helps fight environmental allergies. it has a STRONG taste, a little bit definitely goes a long way
Maca Powder: increases energy, libido, lowers from pressure, aids in digestion, high in fibre, and all that good stuff