Clean Eating

My Ultimate Protein Smoothie Recipe

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve been turning to protein smoothies for one of my meals almost every day because they’re a fast way to combat hunger while getting a good dose of nutrition. They’re also delicious, satisfying for hours, and I feel great after— probably because they’re packed with good stuff!

Although I typically have them for breakfast or lunch, I sometimes make one for dinner if the kids are eating something that I’d rather not.

They’re also great if I feel a sudden spike in hunger after a workout, and they save me from reaching for quick, unhealthy options.

Another bonus is that they make for very little kitchen cleanup!

Left to Right: Navitas Maca Powder, Spectrum Ground Flaxseed, PlantFusion Protein Powder, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Left to Right: Navitas Maca Powder, Spectrum Ground Flaxseed, PlantFusion Protein Powder, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

I’ve tried several protein powders, and the one I recommend below, PlantFusion, is by far my favorite and the one I always come back to. It’s silky smooth, not gritty, and the vanilla flavor is mild and not overpowering.

Below is some info (from the manufacturers) on the branded ingredients listed in the picture above and in my recipe below. I use all of these products on repeat.

I’ve provided links for you to learn more about these items through Amazon, where I’ve found the prices to be the best. Amazon even has one-time coupons for some of these items if it’s a first-time purchase.

All of the items are also listed in my Shop on my website.


Information From The Manufacturers

Navitas Organics Maca Powder: A Peruvian super-root used to bolster energy and vitality, Maca was revered for centuries by ancient Inca warriors. As an adaptogen, Maca helps balance stress levels and bolster resiliency in the body. Navitas Organics Maca Powder energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine.

Spectrum Organic Ground Flaxseed: 3g of dietary fiber per serving. Rich in Omega-3 (ALA) fatty acids. No Preservatives. 98mg of lignans per serving. USDA certified organic & Non GMO Project verified

PlantFusion Vanilla Bean Complete Protein Powder: Ideal for recovering from daily stress and exercise, managing appetite and improving energy. Nutrient-dense formula includes 21 grams of complete plant-based protein and only 120 calories per serving. Easy to digest, even for those with sensitive stomachs, given our proprietary blend of enzymes. Free of all major allergens, no dairy, soy, rice, gluten, eggs, nuts, fish, tree nuts or shellfish.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed, Non-GMO, Kosher; Our collagen powder is soluble in cold and hot liquids. Most of our customers prefer it in coffee or mixed into a smoothie. Collagen peptides promote youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails. Helps keeps bones healthy and strong, supports joint health. Whole 30 Approved, Gluten Free, Dairy Free. Want more info on collagen? Here’s an article I found.

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Ultimate Protein Smoothie Recipe (approx. 400 cals, 34-43 g of protein)

Blend the first 7 ingredients together in a blender or Vitamix and once smooth, blend in the protein powder at the very end.

Please note that in addition to the 1/3 frozen banana, I only use ONE of the fruit options below, which could also be substituted by a form of dark leafy greens like baby spinach. The dark berries are lower in sugar than the mango. To further reduce sugar, omit the banana. Enjoy!!

  1. 5-7 small ice cubes

  2. 1/3 frozen banana (30 calories)

  3. 1/2 c. frozen organic mango (60 calories, 14 g sugar) (Costco frozen section) - OR - 1/2 c. frozen organic dark berry blend (45 calories, 4 g sugar) (Costco frozen section)

  4. 1 Tbsp Spectrum Organic Ground Flaxseed (35 calories, 3 g protein)

  5. 1 Tsp Navitas Organics Organic Maca Powder (20 calories, 1 g protein)

  6. 1 or 2 Scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides - Unflavored (35/70 calories, 9 g of protein per scoop)

  7. 1 - 2 cups Silk Almond/Coconut Unsweetened Milk (35/70 calories)

  8. 1 Scoop PlantFusion Vanilla Bean Complete Protein Powder (120 calories, 0 g sugar, 21 g protein per scoop)

Once fully blended, pour, enjoy, and feel great!

Over to You

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients when it comes to veggies, fruits or branded supplements?

List them in the comments below!

21 Things I Learned On A 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge

21 Things I Learned On A 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge

In our busy and temptation-filled world, maintaining a healthy diet is challenging for all of us. Our lives run at a fast pace, causing us to cut corners when it comes to making time for planning, prepping, preparing, or even thinking about our meals.

With each passing day that we delay getting serious and committed, we rationalize by telling ourselves that we'll get on track tomorrow. But unless we get super intentional and arm ourselves with some sort of plan, the cycle repeats.

Whether you want to make big changes or just some adjustments that will still give you lasting results, a great initial step in the right direction is going through a 21-day clean eating challenge.

A clean eating challenge is a great way to set yourself on a new path. It's not a diet but rather a mind and body reset and reprogram to break your ingrained habits or at least strengthen your resistance to your cravings and dependency on sugars, grains, dairy, alcohol, and processed foods. And the great thing is that It's a simple and straightforward plan.

While it's limited to only 21 days, the goal is to lock in the newfound awareness, habits, and changes going forward.