This healthy, lean Green Vegan Protein Smoothie recipe is inspired by NYC's Juice Press–it's dairy free, full of omega-3s and plant protein (chia seeds, hemp seeds and almond butter) and a clean alternative to traditional protein shakes for weight loss and optimal health. Can be used as a meal replacement or a snack, and is a great post workout treat.
The Benefits of a Green Vegan Protein Smoothie
Green smoothies are one of the best ways to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. They are also easy to make, and you can customize them to suit your tastes. You can add fruits, vegetables, milk, and other ingredients to create a smoothie that tastes great. Some people like their green smoothies spicy. Others prefer a smooth, creamy consistency. It’s up to you! If you want something different than the traditional green smoothie, use your imagination!
In addition to being nutritious, green smoothies are also delicious.They can be a great way to boost your intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds. One of the primary reasons we love to include green smoothies in our diet is because they are easy to make and require very little preparation time! Drinking them may help to improve your overall mood and digestion as well as your energy levels. It may also help to reduce inflammation in the body which is believed to play a role in a number of chronic diseases including cancer.
Green Vegan Protein Smoothie Inspiration
This post was inspired by a trip to NYC! We like to attempt to “stay on plan” even when on the road so even when we're traveling we try to adhere to our “one green smoothie a day” rule and lucky for us we stayed right next to a Juice Press!!
And let's be honest–a green smoothie is even more needed during trips as we're often indulging and in need of some liver-repairing, you've-eaten-way-too-much-cheese-please-someone-help-me-digest, detox-before-you-retox green magic.
Have y'all been to Juice Press? We have to say, of all the green smoothies we've tried away from home, they're serving up some of the best.
They use real, whole foods, clean proteins, healthy fats, dairy-free milks and EVERY SINGLE THING in the entire shop is certified organic. Whaaaa!? How many places can claim that?
We guarantee you those smoothies from Orange Julius look like double chocolate cake with extra sugar in comparison.
Honestly, that's one of the reasons we don't usually get smoothies at the store as they're often so full of added sugars that they can actually do more harm than good.
Not so at Juice Press. In fact, we became so addicted to their Clean Green Protein smoothie on our last trip, that we've been recreating it near weekly back at home ever since.
It honestly couldn't be easier and the flavor is just so rich and decadent, and yet there's nothing but good-for-you ingredients in the smoothie. Take a look:
- Greens: Though Juice Press uses both kale and spinach, we usually stick to just spinach for my smoothies. Raw kale can be tough to digest, plus we kinda hate the flavor in smoothies. Spinach is basically invisible when it comes to taste.
- Vegan Protein: A combo of chia and hemp seeds are used here. Energy-boosting chia seeds are a superfood revered for its high fiber content, omega-3 fats, protein prowess and vitamin and mineral content. There's a reason its achieved superfood status. Meanwhile, hemp has a slightly nutty, slightly grassy taste and has been proven to balance hormones, aid in weight loss and improve digestive health. We recommend Organic Hemp Seeds, 18oz; 10g Plant Based Protein and 12g Omega 3 & 6 per Srv | smoothies, yogurt & salad | Non-GMO, Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free| Manitoba HarvestManitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, which are non-GMO and organic, plus they contain over 3 grams of plant-based protein and over 3 grams of omegas per tablespoon. In fact, hemp is a perfect protein not only containing all 20 amino acids, but also each of the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce. Jackpot!
- Almond Milk and Almond Butter: Non-dairy milk for the win!! Not only is it a clean alternative to conventional dairy, but you get a protein boost from the almonds, especially when coupled with almond butter. Almonds lower cholesterol, are a great source or fiber, antioxidants and (you guessed it!) more plant protein. We love New Barn's Almond Milks (they're one of the only store-bought brands I've found that doesn't contain a handful of additives, gums and refined sugars) and we're addicted toNaturalmond Almond Butter Original, 12 oz, which is made in Georgia with just roasted almonds and sea salt. It's so perfectly simultaneously crunchy and creamy and it's totally guilt-free. Make sure whatever brand you buy, you choose one without any added oils or sugar. We were shocked when we started reading labels how many brands add junky oils and excess sugar to a product that honestly tastes best in its purest form. Even better–make almond butter yourself by pulsing almonds in a blender or grind it yourself at Whole Foods.
With a few dates to sweeten things up, a banana for creaminess and you're done! A nourishing, comforting, healing smoothie made with love.
If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a picture #rootandrevel on Instagram so we can see. Cheers!
Green Vegan Protein Smoothie Recipe
- Combine all ingredients into a large, high-powered blender (I recommend Vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Serve and enjoy!
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser