Protein smoothies can be a fast, delicious and nutritious way to start the day, or to stave off those mid-afternoon hunger pangs.  And with very little effort, you can create a balanced meal.  Our friends at Precision Nutrition suggest using the following categories as a way of building a healthy smoothie:  a liquid, a protein powder, a vegetable, a fruit, a fat source, and a topper.  As naturopaths, we like that approach, so we’ve designed  a couple of our favourite smoothie recipes that follow that model.  But feel free to make substitutions and find a smoothie recipe that works for you!

Autumn Is Here Protein Smoothie

  • unsweetened almond milk (6 oz)
  • 1 scoop of whey protein
  • 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin
  • half a banana
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon

Chocolate Berry Smoothie

  • water (6 oz)
  • 1 scoop of pea protein
  • a handful of chopped kale leaves
  • 3/4 cup of mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon of cashews
  • a few cacao nibs