Zero Belly Smoothies

The library is a great resource to test drive cookbooks; I’ve had hits and misses, books I wouldn’t make a single recipe from and books I’ve gone on to buy.  My latest library book is definitely the latter, as I was thrilled to discover all the smoothie recipes use plant protein and are low sugar.  I am working with a few clients presently on increasing their protein intake, particularly at breakfast, so this is a perfect means to that end!

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Why plant based protein powder?  Well, as you may remember from my earlier post about dairy, many people are lactose intolerant, which makes whey difficult to digest.  Also, the whey used in most protein powders isn’t going to be from the grass-fed, hormone-free sources we discussed; protein powders aren’t presently regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.  That said, if you tolerate lactose with no difficulty, you are still welcome to use whey protein – but read your labels and make sure it doesn’t contain artificial additives and sweeteners that are detrimental to your health.

This is what I’m presently using:

 

I went to the Zero Belly website and found several recipes posted publicly, so I’m happy to share those here!  This is just a hint of the many excellent recipes found in the book.   How amazing do the vanilla chai and peanut butter cup smoothies sound?

Happy sipping!

Fresh Blueberry

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder

½ cup frozen blueberries

½ tbsp natural unsalted almond butter

water to blend (optional)

 

232 calories/6 g fat/16 g carbs/3 g fiber/28 g protein

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vanilla or chocolate plant-based protein powder

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

½ frozen banana

½ tbsp natural unsalted peanut butter

water to blend (optional)

 

258 calories/6 g fat/21 g carbs/5 g fiber/30 g protein

 

 

Vanilla Chai

 

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup chai tea (brewed from a teabag and chilled)

½ scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder

½ frozen banana

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tbsp unsalted natural almond butter

water to blend (optional)

 

219 calories/9 g fat/20 g carbs/4 g fiber/17 g protein

 

 

Green Monster

 

¼ cup no-sugar-added apple juice

¼ cup water

½ scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder

½ Bosc pear, chopped

½ cup baby spinach, loosely packed

½ frozen banana

¼ ripe avocado

 

271 calories/6 g fat/40 g carbs/8 g fiber/15 g protein

 

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