I would normally say that the protein naturally found in a green smoothie is all you need but the harder I train for races the more I realize that in certain cases- added protein to our green smoothie is a good thing.
There are many choices you can make that do not include a protein powder.
Here are a few:
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Almond butter
- Chia seeds
Consume protein within 30 minutes of your workout to provide needed amino acids to muscles.
If you prefer a protein powder I recommend Vega Essentials Vegan Protein Powder Chocolate. It is one of the best tasting protein powders I have tasted.
Let’s add it to our green smoothie right now!
1 romaine heart
1 scoop of Vega chocolate protein powder
2 frozen bananas
2 cups of water (more or less for your desired thickness)
Blend the greens, protein powder, and 1 cup of the water until smooth. Add the bananas and rest of water and blend. 1 qt serving.
OR… Add more bananas and you have a protein rich bowl of banana nice cream.
Recipe by Raw Chef Debra Garner
To learn more about the raw food/plant based diet and Debra’s services please visit her website. She offers a 6 week raw vegan/plant based coaching program as well as ready made raw vegan creations.