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Green Protein Smoothie

joanna_chodorowska
Joanna Chodorowska

I just had a birthday, and bought myself a Vitamix Blender.  Too bad they don't have purple, but red is the next best color, right?!?!  One of my sisters sent me a protein smoothie recipe and so I finally decided to make it this morning for a recovery meal after I rode the bike trainer for 90 minutes.  Although it has a cup of greens in it, it is not really looking like a green protein smoothie!  But it was tasty! protein smoothie in vitamix b4

I took liberties to alter the recipe, too so here is that I put in it:

Green Protein Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
1/4-1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1/4 cup raw almonds
1 tablespoon raw shredded coconut (unsweetened!)
1-2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1-1 1/2 cups greens - kale, collards, spinach, beet greens (any combination works)
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tablespoons Metagenics Perfect Protein powder, vanilla protein smoothie in vitamix after
1/2 ripe banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-1 1/2 cups liquid - I used an herbal tea left over from yesterday with more water.
1 inch turmeric root
1/2 inch ginger root
optional additions:
1/2 cup hemp seeds - if not using protein powder
1/2 raw beet

Place all ingredients into your Vitamix blender, add liquid last (protein powder somewhere in the middle but not on bottom like I just did - mucks up the blades over time.  I just remembered that now.  oops)
Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until all is blended smoothly. protein smoothie

Drink right away or save some for later!  It made 3 x 16 ounce pint glasses, so I am definitely saving some for later as a snack vs trying to force it all down now.  Was a nice tart smoothie with just a hint of sweetness.  If you want more sweetness, use some real maple syrup, 2-4 dates or some apple cider in place of some of the liquid.

One of the best tasting recovery smoothies I have actually made!  With anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger to boot :)
And really easy for any athlete (cyclist, runner, triathlete, etc) to do!

If you want to purchase the Perfect Protein, go to www.metagenics.com and use JChodorowska as your practitioner code.

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