Another day, another smoothie in the Shoup House! After 15+ years we are still going strong with our smoothies. My kids regularly prepare a smoothie for themselves or the family, but over this past weekend I watched each of them prepare their own variety the minute they walked in the door from their respective sport or activity – it’s become second nature for them to do this. One was a cherry mango and flax blend – heavy on the Greek yogurt, another was blueberry and spinach with a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and the third was a peanut butter, banana, chia, and vanilla protein powder. All great choices!
We all have our favorites, and those change all the time, but I love that they can throw together these healthy and satisfying meals for themselves. In fact, often times the minute we get home from a trip, the first thing they do after emptying the car is to make a smoothie. It’s just part of their daily routine after so many years and variations. I just fear they’ve gotten so used to daily smoothies and the Vitamix they may be lost without one when they head to college… An excellent (crazy!) high school graduation gift perhaps? I can only imagine their smoothie bar set up in the dormroom.
My current favorite is this Everyday Protein Smoothie. It’s easy to prepare, always makes me full and satisfied and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. In fact, I drank chocolate protein powder (I love Primal Kitchen’s chocolate coconut fuel), banana, almond butter smoothies for years and years before tying a new flavor a few months ago – vanilla protein powder – and I love how versatile it is. I can add a nut butter and/or a banana like usual or I can add a bit of fruit like blueberries or blackberries, or skip the fruit altogether. Either way, it’s a healthy meal to take on the go – something we’ve been doing a lot these days as the kids’ schedules pick back up like it’s 2019!
Everyday Protein Smoothie
This is my current go to smoothie – I make this several times a week for either breakfast or lunch and it gives me all the energy I need to make it to the next meal. This is the smoothie that I can throw together when I've got 2 minutes before running out the door and it's delicious. The perfect "fast food!" Optional to add the blueberries – I probably do about half the time and I really enjoy it both ways.
- 1 cup macadamia nut milk I like Milkadamia
- 1 big handful of fresh spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder I like Truvani brand
- 2 scoops grass-fed collagen peptides I like Vital Proteins
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ice cubes
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries optional
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.