Protein and Spinach Smoothies
After years of coveting all those around me with a Vitamix, I finally saved up and bought one. Now I’m wondering why it took me so long. Best, purchase, ever! So far I’ve only experimented with smoothies, which was the main reason I wanted to get the Vitamix. And I think I’ve made one every day for the past two months. It’s a ridiculously easy way to get some of your green, veggie and fruit intake for the day.
It’s harder than ever for me to not have veggies with every meal I eat. I feel like I’m driving without my seatbelt, like something is missing. With that being said, I don’t always want to have a salad. What can I say, I’m human. So I’ll throw some spinach in the Vitamix, and mix it in with whatever concoction I’ve come up with that day. Of course there’s always some other fruit or veggies added along with the spinach.
The two smoothies I’m sharing with you today are my go too ones lately. The combo seems to work well on days I teach a bunch of Pilates classes in a row. And what I love about smoothies is that I can drink them while I teach and don’t have to worry about feeling like I’m going to pass out from hunger :). Both smoothies have spinach and hemp seeds in common, but that’s it. Did you know that hemp seeds are full of healthy fats, protein and essential nutrients? There are 10 grams of high quality protein in 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds. Enjoy!
Spinach and Mixed Berries Smoothie
1 cup rice milk
2 handfuls spinach
1 cup frozen berries
3 tablespoons hemp seeds
2-3 tablespoons vanilla yogurt (can also use coconut yogurt)
Extra: protein powder if you use it
Makes approximately 16 ounces
Spinach and Banana Smoothie
1 cup coconut water
2 handfuls spinach
1/2-1 frozen banana (just depends on how much banana taste you want)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons coconut yogurt (can substitute with your choice of yogurt)
2-3 tablespoons hemp seeds
Extra: a small teaspoon of goji berries, protein powder if you use it
Makes approximately 16 ounces.