Yogurt, Vegan Protein Smoothie Recipe
This high powered, yogurt protein smoothie, is not only vegan, but totally non-dairy, gluten-free, and loaded with nutrition.
Throughout the past 29 years, the #1 question asked of me is, ‘how do you get your protein on a vegetarian diet’, and more specifically, a vegan raw diet? Due to the lack of understanding and being properly educated in this country about protein, most people do not know which foods contain the best and most usable sources of protein. To answer this question, read my post Protein in a Vegetarian Diet.
Best Protein Powders – High Quality Plant-based Protein Powders
I am also asked about protein powders, and what do I recommend? Many in the sports arena, gravitate toward the heavily advertised, whey and soy protein isolate powder sources. My recommendation does not include these. Whether it’s a protein powder or a meal I’m eating, I want protein that will be assimilated and highly used, with as little waste created as possible.
Before I give you my yogurt protein smoothie recipe, and several delicious variations of it, let me explain what makes this protein smoothie so powerful:
- We begin with a non dairy, homemade yogurt. You can make this protein smoothie without the yogurt, using more almond milk, but what you receive by including this yogurt, is not only a synergistic probiotic blend of friendly bacteria supporting over all, and intestinal health, but the protein, carbohydrates, and fats contained in all the ingredients are broken down into amino acids, glucose, and fatty acids, thus taking little energy to assimilate these when consumed.
- Next is Raw Liyf Superberry OR Raw Liyf Natural Flavor Protein Powder. This is NOT your typical commercially produced powder. There are No Toxic Fillers, No Binders, No Extenders, No Excipients, No Preservatives, No Heavy Metals, No Stimulants, No Gluten, No Soy, No Lactose, No Animal Derivatives, No Microbes or Fungi, No Chemicals or Solvents, No Harmful Substances, No Artificial Sweeteners, No Sugars.
- What you do find in the Superberry version, is a proprietary blend of Pea Protein, Hemp Protein, Goji Berry (Juice & Extract), Jerusalem Artichoke, FOS, Protease, and Acidophilus Probiotic. But that’s not all. There is a fruit and vegetable blend: Wild Blueberry, Apple, Cinnamon, Raspberry, Strawberry, Oat Bran, Red Bell Pepper, Orange, Pomegranate, Watermelon, Blank Currant, Beet, Broccoli, Cucumber, Okra, and Wild Yam.
- Raw Liyf Protein can be summed as this: a highly bio-available enzyme enhanced, plant based, raw vegan, living protein that is formulated and balanced with a powerful ratio of proteins, carbohydrates, & calories. It will help boost your metabolic rate, promote fat loss and lean body mass, sustain muscle during weight loss, increase muscle fitness, and improve your immunity & antioxidant function.
- One small scoop contains slightly over 7 grams of highly usable protein.
- OR, instead of Raw Liyf Protein, Liyf Essentials can be used. This is actually my favorite when it comes to flavor … and it contains 22 amino acids.
- Next, we add a banana, known by athletes as energy food. A banana of course contains vitamins and minerals, but also helps to restore electrolytes after exercising, due to its potassium content.
Note: Raw Liyf Protein Powder also comes in Natural Flavor.
High Protein Smoothie Recipe:
Equipment Needed: High speed blender (though any blender will do)
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup non-dairy coconut nut/seed yogurt
- 1/4 cup almond milk (make your own or if purchasing, pay close attention to sugar content)
- 2 scoops Raw Liyf Protein – Superberry (2 small scoops equals 14.5 grams protein, 3 small scoops equals 22 grams protein), or use Liyf Essentials.
- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smoothie and creamy – and enjoy. It’s a great smoothie for after workouts to restore glycogen levels, proteins and other valuable nutrients.
- Add 1/2 avocado to above recipe for added healthy fat and protein
- 1-2 tablespoons of date paste or 1-2 dates if more sweetness is desired (or 1 tablespoon raw honey)
- Substitute 1/2 cup of fresh fruit, omitting almond milk
- Turn the protein smoothie recipe into a cold refreshing high protein shake or soft ice cream:
High Protein Shake / Soft Ice Cream
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 3/4 cup non-dairy coconut nut/seed yogurt
- 2 scoops Raw Liyf Protein Superberry (2 small scoops equals 14.5 grams protein, 3 small scoops equals 22 grams protein), or Liyf Essentials.
- Add 4-5 frozen chucks of frozen pineapple or frozen strawberries, berries, etc.
- Optional: several ice cubes
- Optional: 1-2 tablespoons of date paste or 1-2 dates if more sweetness is desired (or 1 tablespoon raw honey)
- Though recipe does NOT call for almond milk, add small amount for desired consistency, if needed.
As you can see, they are a variety of ways to enjoy, this high-powered, nutrient-dense protein smoothie – a smoothie in any form that does the body good.
‘When you increase the life in your food, you increase health and vitality in your life’!
Morning Protein Shake or Smoothie
Whether you follow one of the recipes above or have your own routine, beginning your day with a morning shake or smoothie is a quick and great way to start the day.
Personally, I like to include some greens, healthy fat, like an avocado or 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to my morning protein smoothie.
The only down side to these powders is the taste – they are rather blah tasting, so one needs to add some other ingredients to brighten the shake or smoothie … cacao powder, cinnamon, banana, berries, etc.
Where to Purchase Raw Liyf Protein Powder
To purchase Raw Liyf Protein Powder, Click Here. Or contact me if you have any questions.
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