You might have noticed, we drink a lot of smoothies around here.
If you happen to follow my #healthyhappyandfree Instagram account, you probably have picked up on that.
Smoothies really are an easy way to pack in nutrition. They’re also great when you’re on the go. (Or just too lazy to use a plate and a fork. hehe.)
You’ve probably heard me mention that Green smoothies are my most common go-to. And it’s true.
But here’s a little insider-info about me…(shh, I don’t always confess this stuff…)
Sometimes…sometimes…I’m just not in the mood for fruity smoothies. Sometimes I don’t feel like berry, or papaya, or orange…and sometimes I don’t even want to drink green!
I know, I just said that.
Sometimes I’m just craving something creamy and sweet. And when I can find a way to make a healthy smoothie taste a little more like dessert, well: I’m all in.
Assuming I’m not tooootally alone, I thought I would share three of my favorite smoothie recipes that have absolutely no (zero!) fruits and veggies in them. (Well, there is one slight caveat there, but you’ll have to hop to the bottom to hear about that.) I actually have a longer list, so if you like these, let me know and I’ll share more!
Just like with all smoothies, you can switch these up a hundred different ways. Try adjusting things according to your taste and what you happen to have on hand.
The one ingredient common to all of these is a vanilla protein powder. If you don’t have protein powder, then you can still make them, but it does add the creamy thickness that I love. (Adding a couple frozen bananas will help thicken them, if you need to sub.) Also, a note on the protein powder (and the caveat mentioned above) at the bottom of the post.*
My most-common go-to for protein sans-fruit:
VANILLA, DATE, ALMOND BUTTER SMOOTHIE:
Printable recipe here:
- 2 cups almond mik (or milk of choice)
- 4 dates, pitted.
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter (any nut butter is fine!)
- ½ Tablespoon coconut butter
- 1 Tablespoon Cacao nibs (I save a couple nibs to sprinkle on top!)
- 2 scoops protein powder (depending on how much you like)
- 1 cup ice
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth
- Pour into cups and top with cacao nibs.
Very similar, but with the added bliss of a creamy cocoa-base
COCO-DATE-ALMOND BUTTER SMOOTHIE
**Follow exact recipe above but add a full Tablespoon organic cocoa powder (and sprinkle some on top to be fancy.)
And a really fun combo:
CHAI TEA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE:
Recipe (serves 2)
–1 cup milk of choice
–1 cup strong chai tea (either make a cup and chill it, or use something like Oregon Chai which comes in the box)
–2 scoop vanilla protein powder
–1 tsp. cinnamon
–1/2 tsp. each: nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, vanilla extract
1 cup ice
Blend well and ENJOY!
I often drink one of these for breakfast, or lunch, or if my lunch was too small (which is often, because lunch is a weird meal that I can’t figure out,) then for a snack around 3:00. Perfection!
NOTE ON PROTEIN POWDER: **
People ask me a lot about which kind of protein powder I recommend. I wish I knew more about the different brands, but I don’t. I have always only used Juice Plus Complete Powder. Here are three reasons I love it:
1. It tastes incredible. It has such a smooth, consistency, and the vanilla flavor literally blends with everything! (It does come in chocolate as well as vanilla, but I mostly use vanilla and then add cocoa powder if I want a chocolate flavor.)
2. It isn’t a “high protein” powder, but a “balanced nutrition” drink. Since I’m not exactly bodybuilding or anything, (right!?) I’m not looking to add high amounts of protein to my diet. I just want a healthy balance of protein, good-carbs, and fiber. Juice Plus Complete does that.
3: (**and the caveat mentioned) Juice Plus Complete actually has all kinds of fruit and veggie powders IN IT. Really! So though you will never taste tomato or spinach or broccoli, the powders from all of those and more are in each scoop. That is why I love it.
As I mentioned in this recent post, we have been taking Juice Plus products for nearly twenty years (I’ve lost track.) Though I’m not actively in sales, I keep a distributor link for friends and families, and you can check it out right HERE. If you have any questions– email me or leave a comment. I’m not an expert, but I am a long-time fan. 😉
Feel free to comment and tell me your go-to smoothie — whether it has fruits and veggies in it or not! ALSO: If you have a favorite protein powder, please tell us about it (and feel free to share links!) in comments too!
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