Vanilla Berry Smoothie by Healthsomeness.com
Not only does this smoothie have a vibrant pink color, it is delicious and nutritious too! The wonderful thing about smoothies is you can mix and match lots of different ingredients. This one makes use of the following:
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder – using whey is one of the easiest ways to boost the protein content of smoothies. One serving of our vanilla whey provides you with 25 g of protein.
1/4 cup of frozen strawberries – strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C. Not only does this vitamin fight of infection and help with wound healing, studies have also shown that it could reduce muscle soreness after exercise.
1/4 cup of frozen raspberries – like many berries, raspberries are high in antioxidants. These are substances that reduce damage caused by free radicals in our bodies, thereby helping to curb diseases such as cancer.
1/2 cup of mango – mangoes contain a large amount of natural sugars which helps increase the sweetness of this smoothie. They are also a good source of vitamin A, which helps maintain eye, skin and hair health.
1 cup of spinach – from the color of this smoothie, you wouldn’t be able to tell that there’s a whole cup of spinach in it! Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin K, and spinach is no different. In fact a one cup serving provides you with more than 100% of your daily requirement. If you aren’t a fan of spinach, don’t worry – the flavor from the whey protein and fruits will help to mask its taste.
1 cup of coconut water – even though coconut water looks just like plain old water, nutritionally it is quite different. Unlike water, it is packed full of vitamins and minerals. Two noteworthy ones are potassium and magnesium, both of which are great for heart health.
1 tablespoon of chia seeds – nuts and seeds are nutrient powerhouses, making them some of the healthiest foods on the planet. For example chia seeds contain protein, calcium, manganese and dietary fiber, to name a few. In place of chia seeds you can also use flax, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
To make this smoothie, add all of the ingredients to a blender and process until you get a uniform mixture.
You can also use our protein powders in many of the protein rich smoothie recipes found here.