Before I share this, I have to make one thing clear: people are way too obsessed with protein. How much you have, where you get it and so on. The reality is, most of us consume too much, it’s easy to get enough from plant-based sources only, and unless you’re planning on building lots of muscle, you don’t need tonnes of the stuff. Protein is important – but only in the right amounts.
Having said all that, I do like a protein shake for a number of reasons. It’s all too easy to fill a smoothie with loads of fruit and end up with a blood sugar-spiking monstrosity on your hands. It’ll taste amazing, but only fill you up for a short time. By contrast, when I add protein, I find it way more satisfying.
Sometimes if I’m looking for a lighter meal, and I want to watch calories and macros, I’ll have this shake for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I will often have it after a workout, as some believe it helps with muscle growth and repair.
I recommend you freeze your fruit – that way you get a much nicer, thicker texture, as well as a good temperature.
1 small frozen banana
small handful frozen mixed berries
1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder ( I liked Strippd – doesn’t taste too much like artificial sweeteners and blends well)
Unsweetened almond milk (amount depends on how thick/runny you want it to be)
Optional extras: ice cubes, a dollop of soya or coconut yoghurt, chia seeds
Just stick everything in the blender/smoothie maker and process until it reaches your desired consistency. An immersion blender will also work for this. Only thing to bear in mind is not to put your protein powder in first, or it ends up sticking to the bottom of the container, and not mixing properly.
Calorie and macros per recipe (serves one)
I make a hearty one with about 200ml of almond milk and 50g of berries (these values don’t include any of the optional extras)