Plant-based protein smoothies are the meals of choice for the many people who opt for a plant-based diet. Some make this choice in the quest for adding more natural nutrients to their healthy eating lifestyle. Others simply want to up their intake of protein—even if it’s a one or two-shot deal.
Whichever category you fall in, making a plant-based protein smoothie is a worthy effort. Not only are they nutritious, but they can be ever so delicious.
You can use a protein-based powder, but most of the time these may not give you the results you want.
Alternatives for non-powder plant-based protein smoothies
Check Your Superfoods
- It doesn’t really matter if you’re making a green, fruit, or mixed smoothie.
What does matter is that you’re getting enough protein.
This means you need to double check your superfoods and find the ones that are rich in protein.
- Make sure you have several options for fruits and for vegetable-based options.
Make sure that you can mix them up and keep your routine fresh.
- Check for superfoods that’s convenient to buy at a nearby location.
It won’t help if you find the ideal superfood but have no way to get it.
Select the base you plan to use to make the smoothie
Most smoothies are based with either water, coconut water, or juice. You can use nut based or plant-based milks like soy, almond, and coconut as well.
You may think it doesn’t matter what you choose, but for specific types of smoothies, some options work better than others.
For example, a banana smoothie with mangoes and vanilla sugar crystals or powder is already creamy when it’s made. Adding water can make it too watery and consequently, it loses its flavor. However, adding a creamy base such as nut-based milk will keep the smooth consistency and flavor.
‘Ripe is Right’ for your plant-based protein smoothie
It may seem silly to point this out but still…
- ripe fruits are the right fruits and so are ripe vegetables.
You don’t want to have a rock-hard pear in your smoothies.
Everything needs to be ripe to work well, blend well, and go down well. With that in mind you may be wondering what that has to do with your protein.
Some fruits and vegetables contain more protein and nutrients when they’re ripe than at other times. So if you’re using ripe foods in your plant-based smoothie, then you’re getting them at the best time and the most protein packed.
The ultimate key to making a plant-based protein smoothie is to look at your superfood options. You may be surprised to find that certain superfoods have a lot of protein. And make sure everything is labeled organic and vegan. You can also use nut-based butters to help boost your smoothies.