I love smoothies from time to time. Often times we are led to believe that we need protein powders added to smoothies to get the boost of extra protein. Well, I was guilty of buying protein powders until I investigated the $150 bag ($5/serving) of a highly processed, overated, macronutrient powder that I was puchasing every month. The total grams of protein per serving was 16g. So I said wait a minute – why am I spending all this money to get my “protein” when 1/2 cup of beans has 7g, it is the “whole food” and it is a h*** of a lot cheaper per serving. So, that’s when I came to the realization that instead of using these powders, stop believing the “hype”, cut out the middle man and CONSUME whole foods.
Living a Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle there is no need to count macronutrients (protein, fats, and carbs). Nor is there a need to count calories or portion control. Trust me when I say, that all of the ingredients in this smoothie recipe provides more protein than the overated powder. Go ahead and do the math if you are a “Proteinaholic” (Garth Davis, 2017). Lol
Well that brings me to the ingredients they are all plantbased and are minimally processed. And yep – I got all of the ingredients from my favorite store – Walmart! lol.
So go ahead take a trip to your local market pick up these everyday simple, whole foods and indulge in this delicious smoothie!
Chunkey Monkey Smoothie
- 1 cup Banana, very ripe, frozen
- 1 handful Baby Spinach
- 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter or Nut/Seed Butter of choice (free from added oils)
- 1/2 cup Dark Red Kidney Beans, Unsalted
- 1 Tbsp Golden Flaxseed, milled
- 1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
- 1 Medjool Date, pitted
- 1 cup Soy Plant-based Milk, Unsweetened or Plant based milk of choice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth.