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I made you a new smoothie! It’s packed with protein, healthy fats, and loads of blood sugar-balancing fiber. It’s also low-glycemic and can be made nut-free and vegan. Oh, and there’s no crazy protein powder in sight. Believe it or not, it’s made with REAL food!
Hopefully that’s enough to convince you to make it, but if not, then let me also say that it tastes great, too. I love berries in my smoothies, but sometimes they’re not all that sweet, so I use pure liquid stevia to naturally bump up the sweetness without adding additional sugar.
This smoothie offers about 20 grams of real food protein (when made with the grass-fed gelatin). Hemp seeds, chia seeds, and almond butter deliver both protein and beautifying fats that will keep you satisfied for hours. Gelatin, which I mentioned in last week’s post, offers additional protein and is completely flavorless, but if you’re vegan you can leave it out and you’ll still have a powerhouse of a smoothie.
If you’ve missed the other posts in my protein powder series, catch up here:
- Protein Powder: Helpful or Harmful
- Breakfast Ideas Without Protein Powder
- Protein Powder Alternatives for Smoothies
For the creamiest, most luxurious of smoothies, I use my Vitamix. It’s the Rolls Royce of blenders. People ask me if it’s worth the money on almost a weekly basis and I am quick to reply with a resounding YES. I’ve had the same blender for almost 5 years, giving it a workout at least 4 times per week (usually more). It has never once failed to pulverize an ingredient, started sparking or smoking (believe me, this happens with some blenders!), or given me a fit of some other kind.
I’m a Vitamix lifer.
That said, just about any blender will work for most of my smoothie recipes, including this one. You just might want to use chia seed meal instead of whole chia seeds.
Thanks for all of your feedback over the last few weeks as we’ve talked about protein powder and making the best choices. I’ve had a blast digging into this topic. The more I learn, the more I love sharing it with my people. :)