5 Vegan Protein Smoothies You’ll Love!

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It’s no secret that smoothies are a great way to up your protein intake, fast. They’re easy-to-make, taste great, are convenient and they can be used to replace a meal or as a snack.

Can you tell we love protein smoothies?

But we don’t just love protein smoothies and shakes, we love vegan protein smoothies, too. Afterall, plant-based protein powders are one of our favourite (and best-selling!) supplements. Bear in mind, though, you won’t just be substituting plant-based protein powder for whey protein. In whipping up a vegan protein smoothies, you’ll need high-protein, dairy-free substitutes for milk and yogurt. With products like almond and coconut milk, it’s easy.

Are Vegan Shakes as Effective as Other Shakes?
While this list will certainly appeal to all the vegans out there, we encourage everyone to try a vegan smoothie as they tend to be lower in sugar, lower in calories and higher in antioxidants, fiber, and other plant compounds. If you’re worried about getting ‘enough’ protein from vegan and plant-based proteins...don’t worry, you will! Plant-based proteins are complete proteins, too. And, by adding nuts, seeds and oats, you’ll pack in even more protein.

Best Vegan and Plant-Based Powders to Use

In all 5 of these recipes, we’ll simply list ‘protein powder’. Which vegan protein powder and what flavour you choose is totally up to you! Here are some of our favourite plant-based products.

PRO-V GAIN PROTEIN

This 100% plant-based protein powder is packed with vitamins, minerals and (you guessed it!) protein. Made with pea, rice and soy proteins, our PRO-V GAIN protein powder is available in 3 flavours: chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. We certainly know what plant-based protein powder we’re using for the vegan peanut butter protein smoothie...

SUPERFOOD PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

This berry-flavoured protein smoothie powder is perfect on its own but even better when used with other fresh ingredients. Made from pea Protein, fruits and natural sweeteners, our SUPERFOOD PROTEIN SMOOTHIE is suitable for vegans, vegetarians & flexitarians and has 17 grams of protein per serving.

BCAA INTRA HARDCORE

This repair-boosting amino acid powder can be added to a smoothie for an extra boost of energy. Bear in mind, this isn’t a protein powder so make sure you’re using it alongside other sources of protein (nuts, seeds, leafy greens, etc.). The good news? BCAA INTRA HARDCORE comes in 4 great-tasting flavours: Mixed Berry, Orange & our brand new Raspberry Crush & Mango. What fruity smoothie will you make?

When Should I Drink My Protein Shake?

This is a commonly debated question both in and outside of the gym. In terms of muscle recovery and growth, it’s best to drink your vegan protein smoothie directly after a workout in order to jumpstart protein synthesis. But, because our bodies are constantly building and breaking down muscle, intake and absorption is more important than timing. Really, you can drink your smoothie any time of day.

Smoothies are especially great for breakfast since they’re so easy and quick to make. You can even add coffee to your smoothie for an extra pick-me-up!

Our 5 Favourite Vegan Protein Smoothie Recipes

  1. Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp. Hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • ⅔  cup (166 ml) water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) almond or cashew milk
  • 2 tbsp. Cacao powder
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder

Instructions

  1. Put the kale, sliced banana, hemp seeds and peanut butter in the blender.
  2. Add the ice, water, and milk and blend until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add your protein powder and cacao powder, slowly blending at first and then blasting at a high speed until smooth.
  4. Enjoy!

 

  1. Vegan Green Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 ml) almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup chopped, frozen mango
  • 1-2 large handful of baby spinach
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts or hemp seeds
  • ½ scoop plant-based protein powder + ¼ cup (62 ml) water

Instructions

  1. Layer spinach, banana, mango, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds/hearts in a blender.
  2. Add almond milk, protein powder and water and blend for about 2 minutes until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

 

  1. Superfood Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500 ml) almond milk
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsps cacao powder or bits
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 handful of Goji berries
  • ½ scoop plant-based protein powder + ¼ (62 ml) water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blast until smooth.
  2. Add goji berries for garnish and enjoy!

 

  1. Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup (375 ml) almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Layer the strawberries, almonds, hemp seeds and coconut oil in the blender.
  2. Pour almond milk and sprinkle protein powder on top.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Enjoy!

 

  1. Pineapple & Ginger Recovery Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen and chopped pineapple
  • ½ frozen banana slices
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
  • 1 tsp fresh, peeled, and diced ginger
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup (250 ml)  orange juice
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water or almond milk

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender together and blast until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

Got Leftovers?

If you’ve blended more than you need, simply pour the mixture in either a glass Mason Jar or a large freezer bag. Store them in the freezer and, ~12 hours before you want to enjoy one, move the jar or bag to the fridge for it to thaw.

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