As promised in the vlog I’ve put together above, below is the recipe of the ingredients I use, along with why I use them! Hope you enjoy my favourite smoothie of the moment, and if you have any further questions about the ingredients or where to buy, feel free to ask away!
Frozen Strawberries – 1/2 cup
Strawberries because yum. And frozen because using something frozen is extremely important if you want a cold smoothie with a thick consistency. This is especially true if you are making a dairy-free smoothie, as you won’t have the luxury of using yogurt to thicken.
Banana – 1 medium sized
Bananas make the perfect pairing with strawberries, are loaded with potassium, and are a good source of fibre and vitamin B-6.
Unsweetened Almond Milk – 1/2 cup
I use almond milk because it’s my favourite dairy substitute, however, you can use any nut milk or dairy substitute in its place if you desire to do so. Almond milk is a great source of protein, and I choose the unsweetened version because I think it’s best to go without added sugar whenever possible.
Almond Butter – 1 tbsp
Almond butter is an amazing source of protein, iron, calcium, and magnesium. All good things. And it makes your smoothie taste delicious. And it helps thicken it a bit. Basically just so much yes for almond butter.
Vegan Protein Powder (I used Vega) – 1 tbsp
I don’t add in the protein powder every day, just when I think I’ll want the extra boost of protein and nutrients. When I do use it, I don’t use the full scoop that comes with the tub, as I find that the taste of it can easily overpower my smoothie. Just a heads up.
Maca Powder – 1 tsp
Maca is something I have recently discovered and been grateful for. This superfood is actually a root that comes from the radish family, and is traditionally grown in the mountains of Peru. As a vegetarian, getting amino acids can be difficult sometimes. Maca contains 8 essential amino acids. There are 9 essential amino acids in total. So the fact that this ingredient contains 8 of the 9 we need is pretty damn incredible. Furthermore, maca contains an endless amount of other nutrients and vitamins, and can do wonders for mood balance, skin, PMS, sexual function, and PCOS. Need I say more?
Cacao Nibs – 1 tbsp
Cacao nibs are basically the raw form of cocoa and chocolate. But much better for you (yes, better for you than dark chocolate even) because they’re just as nature intended. They’re slightly bitter (but still delicious), and are also full of antioxidants, fibre, magnesium, and even contain phenylethylamine – a chemical that our bodies produce naturally that makes us feel more alert and focused. The only downside to using cacao nibs in a smoothie is that they don’t grind down to be completely smooth. However, raw cacao is also available in powder form. So problem solved.
Flaxseeds – 1 tbsp
Chalk-full of nutrients, these little buggers are an especially valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids. Be aware though that like the cacao nibs, they can make your smoothie a bit granular in consistency because they rarely grind down fine enough.
Coconut – 1 tsp
Just to sprinkle on top to make it look pretty.