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Eat Well Mar. 1. 2013
Breakfast

Pumped-up Plant Protein Power Smoothie

Mar. 1. 2013
Breakfast
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Pumped-up Plant Protein Power Smoothie….how’s that title for some alliteration? In the previous post, we talked a little about the almighty chia seed! Today I share with you one of my favorite ways to incorporate chia seeds into my eats. I’ll make this smoothie anytime throughout the day; mid-morning, post-workout, for an afternoon pick-me-up, or even dessert. It can be modified however you choose (using different types of protein powders or berries). Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or have any other dietary restrictions or preferences, experiment with this recipe and make it work for you.

TIPS |

  • Make sure you soak the chia seeds (as discussed in the previous post).
  • To make this smoothie more of a filling meal, you can add in hemp seeds for extra healthy fats (omega-3’s), protein, fiber, and of course many nutrients.
    • Or try adding an avocado for a more filling meal (healthy fat, fiber, nutrients galore!) and a creamy texture.
  • Use proteins that you enjoy (Vega Sport, whey, casein, egg white, hemp, SunWarrior, brown rice, pea, etc.)
  • To give this smoothie a “boost”, add in a little java.
    • TIP: Take left over brewed coffee from your morning and pour into an ice-cube tray. Place the ice-cube tray into the freezer for Java Cubes! You can use these in iced coffees or in smoothies.

Pumped-up Plant Protein Power Smoothie
Recipe Type: Smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Pumped-up Plant Protein Power Smoothie
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water (or coconut water)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 scoops of Vega Sport Chocolate Protein Powder (or protein of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen organic raspberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Stevia powder or the equivalent using Stevia drops
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder (optional)
  • Dash of ground Cinnamon (Ceylon is my favorite)
Instructions
  1. Soak the chia seeds in the filtered water and almond milk.
  2. Allow the mixture to soak until the chia seeds have created a gel-like consistency and have soaked up the majority of the liquid. I suggest stirring the mixture occasionally.
  3. Using a high speed blender, add all the remaining ingredients in and blend until creamy. I suggest adding in the frozen raspberries very last to make sure the smoothie keeps very cold.
  4. The end result will be very thick, creamy, and slightly chilled (from the frozen berries) smoothie.
  5. Pour into a large glass.
  6. Garnish with more raspberries or shredded coconut (as pictured).
  7. Put a straw in.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
Use whichever milk you chose, but I recommend trying almond, coconut, or hemp milk for the flavor and consistency. [br]PROTEIN // powder can be replaced with another protein powder you enjoy.[br]LOWER SUGAR // opt for ice cubes instead of the berries. Note* the prep time of 40 minutes is depends on how long it takes for the chia seeds to soak[br]LOWER CALORIE // use half or none of the avocado and hemp seeds.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Have you tried this recipe? What variations did use? Comment below.

Happy smoothie makin’

xo McKel

 

p.s. If you’re interested in making your own smoothies with the same blender I use, Vitamix is the one for me (and for you too!). I’m an affiliate with Vitamix, which means you get a discount when shopping through Nutrition Stripped. Simply click on the Vitamix icon to your right, here, or use Coupon Code 06-008786. Happy blending!

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water (or coconut water)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 scoops of Vega Sport Chocolate Protein Powder (or protein of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen organic raspberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Stevia powder or the equivalent using Stevia drops
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder (optional)
  • Dash of ground Cinnamon (Ceylon is my favorite)

Directions:

  1. Soak the chia seeds in the filtered water and almond milk.
  2. Allow the mixture to soak until the chia seeds have created a gel-like consistency and have soaked up the majority of the liquid. I suggest stirring the mixture occasionally.
  3. Using a high speed blender, add all the remaining ingredients in and blend until creamy. I suggest adding in the frozen raspberries very last to make sure the smoothie keeps very cold.
  4. The end result will be very thick, creamy, and slightly chilled (from the frozen berries) smoothie.
  5. Pour into a large glass.
  6. Garnish with more raspberries or shredded coconut (as pictured).
  7. Put a straw in.
  8. Enjoy!

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  • emily duncan

    Hey McKel,
    what brand of maca, baobab and spirulina powders do you like using in your smoothies? I noticed that you did a post for “organic burst” powders. Would you recommend buying this brand or are there others you enjoy more?
    Also do you soak all your seeds (i.e. flax, chia, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin etc…) or do you just eat them as is?
    If so, is there a guide for long we should soak them?
    Thanks so much for your help. I have really enjoyed reading and cooking your recipes

    • Hi Emily- Check out my Stripped Green Smoothie Bowl + Superfoods 101 post where I share that information and my favorite brands! Hope you enjoy that recipe as well- I’ll have a guide soon about soaking and sprouting too xx m.h.

  • pam

    Just made this morning… really good- different. I substituted blueberries. Mine kind of came out like a pudding/mousse. Ate it in a glass with a spoon. Love the texture. Was wondering if I used cacao nibs instead of fruit and make chocolate mousse for breakfast????

  • Jess

    Hi!
    Sounds like an amazing recipe!
    Just wondering what would be the most optimal time of the day to have this smoothie, or any smoothie for that matter?
    Thankyou so much for being such an inspiration!

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  • Laura

    Hello – I was wondering if this smoothie could be pre-made during weekly meal prep? Maybe add some ice and reblend? I know homemade juices loose a lot of their nutrients but wasn’t sure about smoothies.

    Thank you!

    • Great question Laura! Yes, many of my smoothies can be made ahead of time- check out this blog post with more detail on that. For this one in particular, you can and reblend with ice 😉

  • carolyn

    Hi mckel!
    Could this be a meal replacement amootgie, say for breakfast? Do you think i could add half a banana and 1/4 avocado? Thank you!

    • It depends on your goals, metabolism, etc. but any smoothie can be a meal replacement if ingredients are added to your needs! Touch question to answer without knowing so much about you! 😉

  • soni

    Hello McKel!
    Would you consider this a good smoothie to have after an hour run or walk to refuel? Thank you!

    • McKel Hill

      Sure thing!

  • Silvia

    Hi, I would to replace the Stevia in this recipe with another sweetener. I have coconut sugar, maple syrup and honey at home – which do you recommend? And what is the ratio Stevia to the other sweeteners?

    • McKel Hill

      Great question Silvia, you can use any that you’d like. If you use stevia start small and use to taste- that’s the best sugar free option!

      • Silvia

        Thanks for your reply! What I actually meant is if I replace the Stevia (which I will 100% for certain be doing because I’m not a big fan of Stevia), how much of the other sweeteners should I use? I love maple syrup and coconut sugar the best. How much of each would be required to replace the Stevia in your recipe?

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