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Blueberry Vegan Protein Smoothies–With No Protein Powder!

If you’re pumping iron and want to bulk up on your protein for mega muscles, this protein smoothie is both delicious and nutritious! The best part about it? It’s free of any protein powder!

As any healthy vegan knows, the Where do you get your protein? question is mind-numbingly exhaustive. The myth that meat is the only source of protein can make us want to pull our hair out.

My sassy vegan friend, who stopped eating animals when she was 8, pointed out that she should have been dead from protein malnutrition two decades ago based on the protein myth. But alas, she is an energetic vagabond much like myself. People don’t really know how to respond when she points all that out. (I recommend you try it out; the reactions are priceless.)

Beans, leafy greens, nuts, soy, and more can get you your daily recommended value (DRV) of protein, which is roughly 45g for women and 55g for men.

If you drink two 16-oz servings of this smoothie a day, you’re getting over 65g of protein. SAY WHAAAA!?! One 16-oz smoothie will bring you more than halfway to your DRV. Again, SAY WHAAAA!?!

Also, for reference, an empty jar of peanut or almond butter is usually 16 oz. Mmmmm, almond butter.

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Ingredients:

1 block extra firm (not silken) tofu (45g protein)

4 Tbsp almond butter (13+g)

1/2 c dry oats (5+g)

1/4 c almond milk (<1g)

1 c fresh blueberries (1+g)

1 large banana (1+g)

Makes: 32 oz

Directions:

1. Mix all that protein-rich goodness in a blender.

2. Drink up! Have one with breakfast and another for a snack! Store in fridge or freezer.

Blueberry Banana Almond Smoothie Recipe

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On a smoothie craze of late, I’ve been throwing into the blender different combinations of fruit and, more recently (now that I have access to it!), almond butter. A good smoothie starts my day off right. It gives me energy, is jam-packed with vitamins and often protein, and is relatively quick and easy to prepare. Smoothies are coveted snacks as well!

Ingredients:

1 banana, 2 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh), 2 Tbsp almond butter, 1 cup water

Makes: 1 smoothie

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add or subtract water to reach desired consistency.

2. Serve, eat, enjoy!

Cherry Mango Almond Smoothie Recipe (Vegan)

A dash of almond butter gives this smoothie the perfect consistency and taste!
A dash of almond butter gives this smoothie the perfect consistency and taste!

It’s been far too long since I’ve been able to share my kitchen concoctions with the blogging world. But in all honesty, I haven’t been able to experiment much since the devastating Hurricane Joaquin hit my island home, which left us chomping on oatmeal, lentils and quinoa for three weeks until the grocery stores and gas stations opened. I do have a small stash of recipes on my computer awaiting publication, but today I tried something new.

As always, fresher is better. But mangoes have too short a season for the world to enjoy them fresh every day, and cherries can be finicky. Plus, there’s the pits to remove… So I used frozen mangoes and cherries. You make your smoothie however you like.

Ingredients:

6 oz cherries, 3 oz mangoes, 1 banana, 2 Tbsp almond butter, 1/4 c almond milk, 1/2 cup water

Serves: 2 people

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.

2. Blend until smooth. Add water as needed for texture and successful blending.

3. Serve, eat, enjoy!

Watermelon Apple Smoothie Recipe

Fall is just around the corner, so grab all the watermelons you can to preserve the taste of summer with this delicious smoothie snack!
Fall is just around the corner, so grab all the watermelons you can to preserve the taste of summer with this delicious smoothie snack!

With the Farmer’s Market cancelled on account of high winds from when Tropical Storm Erika passed nearby, I found the kitchen devoid of my beloved mangoes for smoothie-making. All of the harvested guavas had been consumed, too. So I thought, how would an apple and watermelon taste in a smoothie? Not too shabby, it turned out! You need the banana for texture and I recommend the key lime (or regular lime or lemon) to add some sour flavor. If you’re using a Granny Smith apple, though, you might want to taste test for tartness before you and the lime jump in with both feet. I used a Fuji apple for this recipe, but I reckon any apple will do.

Ingredients:

1 apple, 1 frozen banana, ¾ c seedless watermelon, ½ key lime

Makes: 1 smoothie

Directions:

  • Freeze a banana overnight.
  • Peel the apple.
  • Pick out any seeds in the watermelon if not seedless.
  • Add all in blender or food processor with juice from the key lime.
  • Pulse until evenly mixed.
  • Serve, eat, enjoy!

Mango Guava Smoothie Recipe

A guava harvest led to this addictive fresh fruit smoothie recipe. Prepare yourself for deliciousness.
A guava harvest led to this addictive fresh fruit smoothie recipe. Prepare yourself for deliciousness.

Nothing beats fresh fruit picked right from the trees and spooned right into your belly. Luckily, there are fruit trees aplenty here on Long Island, Bahamas, and a weekly Farmer’s Market to ensure all the islanders get their fruit mix fix. The recipe below has become my daily smoothie addiction. There are worse addictions.

If you can’t get your hands on fresh fruit, pre-packaged frozen ones will do. But we all know the fresher the better.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup mangoes, ¾ cup guavas, 2 bananas

Makes: 2 smoothies

Directions:

  • Harvest the mangoes. Freeze the mango meat in a plastic bag or glass jar overnight.
  • Harvest the guavas by cutting each in half and scooping out the inside flesh and seeds. Freeze in glass jars overnight.
  • Freeze 2 bananas overnight.
  • Remove all fruit from the freezer and let thaw for about 10 minutes.
  • Throw everything into a food processor or blender. (Go easy on your machine and chop the banana into smaller pieces.)
  • Serve, drink, enjoy! Shamelessly store any leftovers in the freezer for future enjoyment. (Fruit popsicles, anyone?)