Thank you so much to everyone for all your super encouraging support on Nate’s and my exciting news!!! You all are awesome!! Our adoption application was accepted by our agency on Monday and we were approved to move forward on our Uganda adoption! Woohoo!!! This has been a long time coming for Nate and I, and it’s a huge answer to prayer to have the two thumbs up on this first step! There’s tons more info to share, and a mountain of work looming in front of us, so I’ll be updating regularly here on the blog for you to share in our climb! It’s so worth every step we’re going to take, and I am beyond excited for our little boy or girl to finally be home with us! (This is me jumping up and down right now! )
Today I have a super yummy and healthy recipe to share with you! I know, I know, the title is uber long, but how else will people know about all the amazing goodness packed into this one glass, unless I put it in the title?? Chocolate+Strawberries+Spinach+Protein Powder = 1 incredibly delicious and nutritious smoothie!!
I absolutely love protein smoothies! I like to pack a ton of good-for-you ingredients into the blender, and then watch as the blender blades transform them into a gloriously thick and delicious drink. This is one of my morning go-to smoothies—I make it all the time!
This recipe uses Sunwarrior Vegan Protein Powder, my hands down favorite type of protein powder! Sunwarrior Protein Powder uses a blend of fruit and vegetable proteins that together form a complete protein. Many of the vegetable protein powders out there do not provide a complete protein for our bodies; whey protein powder is a complete protein, but many people cannot tolerate dairy or whey very well, so if you’re looking to find a veggie-based protein powder with a complete protein, look no further than Sunwarrior! Yes, it can have a gritty texture to it when it’s just stirred straight into plain water, but used in the blender like in this recipe, it’s smooth and delicious!
If you use a dairy-free milk, this recipe is completely gluten, dairy, and soy free, (use refrigerated coconut milk for nut free), and you can absolutely tweak the ingredients to fit your preferences! It’s the perfect fuel for a healthy lifestyle, and it packs 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables, plus the vegetable protein powder, all into one meal! Awesome! And y’all, this is no tiny smoothie. The recipe makes one supersized serving, but guess what, you don’t have to feel one bit bad about downing the whole thing! I don’t have all the nutrition fact details, but here’s the breakdown of just the calories and protein in the smoothie I made this morning:
18 ice cubes: 0 calories, 0 protein
140 grams (about 1 cup) frozen strawberries: 50 calories, 1 gram protein
1 scoop Sunwarrior Protein Powder: 100 calories, 19 grams protein
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder: 20 calories, 0 protein
½ teaspoon instant coffee granules: 0 calories, 0 protein
Stevia: 0 calories, 0 protein
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut milk: 45 calories, 0 protein
Vanilla Extract: 0 calories, 0 protein
3 cups spinach: 30 calories, 2 grams protein
Total: 245 calories, 22 grams of protein
**Specific brands and ingredients may vary in their calorie and protein totals, so adjust your own totals as necessary with the ingredients you use. **
- 15-20 ice cubes
- 140 grams (about 1 cup) Frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder*
- 1 cup milk**
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder***
- 2-3 cups spinach or mixed greens
- 2 packets Stevia, or liquid Stevia to taste****
- Dash of Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Xanthan Gum (this is a must!!)
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules – optional
- 2-4 drops of Butter Extract – optional
- Place all ingredients in a large high-powered blender, and blend until smooth.
- Sometimes I have to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a time or two, and then restart it to make sure everything is blended uniformly. Every blender is different--do what you need to, to make your smoothie a success! ☺
- Sometimes I add a little water or extra milk to the blender if the mixture looks too thick. Add as much additional liquid as you need, to create your favorite smoothie texture!
** Use your favorite type-but know that different varieties of milk behave differently when blended. I used Trader Joes refrigerated Unsweetened Coconut Milk in mine.
***I like to use 1 Tbsp. regular unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder in mine; use what you like the best!
****Use your preferred sweetener in place of the stevia; add more or less to reach your desired level of sweetness.
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