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Vegan rhubarb, spinach and raspberry protein smoothie recipe

Vegan rhubarb, spinach and raspberry protein smoothie recipe

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This is a lovely and fresh tasting vegan and sugar free smoothie. Kids love the pink colour and have no idea there is some hidden spinach inside!


London, England, UK

5 people made this

IngredientsServes: 1

  • 200g (7 oz) rhubarb
  • 60g (2 oz) beetroot, peeled
  • 250ml oat milk or to taste
  • 1 handful fresh spinach leaves
  • 340g (12 oz) silken tofu
  • 140g (5 oz) frozen raspberries
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • agave syrup, to taste

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. Cut rhubarb and beetroot into small chunks and whizz in a blender with oat milk, spinach, tofu and raspberries until smooth. Add vanilla, agave syrup and a handful of ice cubes. Whizz again until smooth then pour into a serving glass and serve.

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How to Make High-Protein Smoothies to Fuel Your Day

There are smoothies, and then there are high-protein smoothies. Both are easy to make and refreshing to drink, but smoothies that are higher in protein can be quick and easy meals all by themselves. The protein helps to rebuild and repair muscles after a tough workout and it makes you feel fuller, longer, helping to curb the need to reach for a snack between meals.

Packed with nutrients, homemade high-protein smoothies are also super easy to create. All you need are a few key ingredients, a blender, and a little imagination. If you&aposre cutting out dairy, I&aposll show you how to easily make them vegan by substituting non-dairy milk, yogurt, and other ingredients in your favorite smoothie recipes. Follow these tips to make the most of your meal in a glass.

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Top Tips for Making High-Protein Smoothies

Save Time. Making smoothies is already a quick and easy process, but you can trim down the time even more by making ready-to-blend smoothie packs. Place all of your pre-measured ingredients in containers, like Mason jars or plastic bags, and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days or the freezer for up to 3 months. When you&aposre ready to blend, just defrost if you like (or keep it partially frozen for a thick smoothie) and mix. If you use a jar, it doubles as your drinking glass. You can also blend smoothies and freeze them in ice cub trays. When you&aposre ready, let the cubes defrost in a glass until they&aposre the perfect consistency.

Punch Up the Protein. Protein powder is an easy add-in, but there are many other options. You can boost your protein count with milk, or add a few tablespoons of nut butter, yogurt, or cottage cheese (which gives it a milkshake-like consistency).

Keep it Healthy. When you buy smoothies at the store or gym, they can be overloaded with extra sugar, carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats. By making your own smoothies, you can control exactly what and how much lands in the blender. When reaching for milk alternatives, make sure to choose the unsweetened varieties. If you need a touch of sweetness, try stevia or honey instead of sugar. Adding healthy fats, like avocado, makes your drinks extra rich and smooth.

Swap It Out. It&aposs super easy to make any smoothie vegan. Swap out cow&aposs milk for non-dairy alternatives like almond, coconut, or soy, or use tofu or avocado in place of dairy yogurt.

Boost the Flavor. Add more flavor and nutrition by mixing in a variety of ingredients. For antioxidants, try fresh or frozen berries or cocoa powder. If you want to up your fiber intake, add uncooked rolled oats, flax meal, or chia seeds. A handful of fresh spinach or kale leaves will add vitamins and minerals to your smoothie, and you won&apost even taste the greens if you blend them with fruit.

10 High-Protein Smoothie Recipes to Try

Here are some of our favorite high-protein smoothie recipes to get you started.

Almond milk and two kinds of berries go for a spin in your blender with spinach, chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, protein powder, and a sweet clementine. "Keep the chia and flax seeds in easy-pour containers in the fridge and you&aposre golden on adding the superfood ingredients so quickly. The beauty of this recipe is that it is really versatile and you can substitute whatever fruits and powders you prefer." — Fran


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Chia, Berry, and Cardamom Vegan Smoothie

Chia seeds give this vegan smoothie its thick texture, while cardamom adds a distinct sweetness. We use a mix of raspberries and strawberries here, but feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  1. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup almond milk with chia seeds. Let sit at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour, until chia expands and the texture becomes pudding-like.
  2. Transfer chia mixture to blender and add remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, frozen berries, and cardamom.
  3. Puree ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Recipe developed by Lindsay Funston


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Supplements you can add

I also add psyllium husks to this smoothie, in order to beef up the amount of fibre I am consuming in a day. This will not greatly affect the flavour of the smoothie, but I recommend you add it to boost your fibre intake, especially if you are on a Keto diet.

I also add powder Vitamin C to this for its health benefits. This does change the flavour of the smoothie, but not in a bad way. The bitterness of the Vitamin C complements the rest of the ingredients quite well, and gives it a bit of a tang that I actually enjoy.


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The high protein smoothie recipes in this list are perfect for all of those uses. The recipes feature a variety of different flavor combinations, including some that are common and others that are a little more unusual.

Regardless of whether you want something simple or complex, you’re likely to find at least a few new smoothies to try out.

Mango Berry Protein Smoothie

​This Mango Berry Protein Smoothie has so much going for it. It might look like a plain berry smoothie, but appearances can be deceiving. The inclusion of mango in the recipe completely changes the flavor profile making it much more interesting. The smoothie is bound to be a hit for people of all ages.

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Protein Smoothie

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Very Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie

​Chocolate and berries always combine well, as this Very Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie shows. The recipe is a great balance of healthy ingredients and flavor, offering a fast and easy way to get the nutrients that you need. It relies on almond milk as the base and you can easily make the recipe vegan by simply using vegan protein powder.

Vegan Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

​How can you go past this Vegan Pina Colada Protein Smoothie? The recipe offers you all the flavors of a pina colada in a healthy and creamy vegan smoothie. For this smoothie, the protein powder of choice is a coconut. No need to stress if you don’t have that product– any other vegan protein powder will work too.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

​Chocolate and peanut butter is another popular flavor combination to try, and this Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake completely delivers on the concept. This isn’t your typical chocolate peanut butter shake either. There are a few interesting twists, including the use of two different superfood ingredients. You’ll have to check out the recipe to find out what those are.

Vegan Raspberry Mango Protein Smoothie

​If you’re wanting a less common flavor combination, what about this Vegan Raspberry Mango Protein Smoothie? This recipe combines the flavors of mango, raspberry and vanilla, which all perfectly complement one another. The end result is a not-too-sweet smoothie that will keep you satisfied.

Intense Workout High Protein Smoothie

​What I love about this Intense Workout High Protein Smoothie is how the focus is on the nutritional benefits, rather than the flavor. The recipe includes various ​ingredients that help boost your health and are perfect for anyone who works out regularly. Your drink will still taste great, don’t worry about that. It’s just that some smoothies end up relatively low in nutrition because the emphasis is on flavor first.

5 Minute Paleo Protein Smoothie

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If smoothie bowls aren’t your thing, no problem. Just add a little extra milk or water until you get the consistency that you’re looking for.

Chai Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake

​This Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake is another shake that doesn’t rely on protein powder. Despite this, it manages to taste fantastic and has more than 20 grams of protein per serving. I love the choice of ingredients too. The smoothie is packed full of nutrition and powerful plant-based compounds that can help promote your health.

Dope Acai Protein Smoothie

​This Dope Acai Protein Smoothie is more unusual than it first seems. At face value, it looks like a typical acai protein smoothie, but there are some less common extra ingredients. I’m not going to spoil the surprise for you, you’ll need to check out the recipe for yourself to see what makes the smoothie so great. I’ll give you a hint though – the recipe contains plenty of nutrients.

Coffee Lovers Protein Shake

​Recipes like this Coffee Lovers Protein Shake are always so good. After all, protein smoothies often end up being a replacement for breakfast – and most of us have a coffee first thing in the morning anyway. So, why not get your protein and your coffee from the same drink? Not only does this smoothie manage to be high in protein, but it’s low in sugar too.

Skinny Banana Split Protein Smoothie

​This Skinny Banana Split Protein Smoothie is designed with health in mind. It is relatively low in calories, while still packing a significant nutritional punch. Some of the protein does come from protein powder (you can choose which one), but there are also almonds and Greek yogurt. Those both contribute to the protein content too.

Vegan Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

​This Vegan Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie is a simple recipe, but one that is bound to make you smile. It ​only uses four ingredients – and you already know two of them from the title alone. I love the idea of combining strawberries and peanut butter. It isn’t the most common flavor combination, but it’s one that would work well. The peanut butter also helps make sure that the smoothie doesn’t end up being excessively sweet.

High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

​Recipes like this High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie always work well, as you’re getting the health benefits of leafy greens while masking their flavor. This type of smoothie is particularly good for kids or teenagers, who might be unwilling to drink a green smoothie. Plenty of adults prefer this approach as well.

Blueberry Avocado Protein Smoothie

​The flavor combination with this Blueberry Avocado Protein Smoothie is fantastic​. ​But, what I like the most is all of the information that is included in the recipe. Ashley provides various details about ways to make sure you end up with the perfect smoothie, regardless of your sweetness preferences. She also links to some of her other smoothies that sound fascinating, like a zucchini bread smoothie.

Chocolate Nut Banana Protein Smoothie

​Doesn’t this Chocolate Nut Banana Protein Smoothie simply look amazing? The recipe is a perfect choice instead of breakfast or just when you need energy later in the day. The recipe is easy to prepare whenever you tend to make it. With 22 grams of protein per serving, the smoothie is certain to keep you satisfied.

Easy Banana Spinach Protein Smoothie

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Protein-Packed Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

​Speaking of chocolate and peanut butter, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie is another example of the style. It’s an incredibly popular recipe, with more than seven thousand shares on Pinterest! There are only five total ingredients in the recipe (six if you use cacao nibs for a garnish), but each ingredient has health advantages. I recommend trying the recipe exactly as it’s written to get the best possible outcomes.

Almond Joy Protein Shake

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Green Vegan Protein Smoothie

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Low Carb Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

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The Husband Protein Smoothie

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

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Almond Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

​This Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake is a perfect recipe to try for the fall. It has all the flavors of a pumpkin pie but is considerably easier to make. The consistency is closer to a shake than a smoothie, which isn’t a bad thing at all. In the end, you still have a healthy cold drink that offers a protein boost and plenty of healthy nutrients.

Blueberry Zucchini Protein Smoothie

​While this Blueberry Zucchini Protein Smoothie might sound a little odd, the combination of ingredients works extremely well. Monique calls the frozen zucchini a miracle ingredient for smoothies. The vegetable is an effective way to make the smoothie creamy without dramatically changing the taste. Many other recipes use banana. While banana works too, it adds a distinctive flavor that isn’t always desirable.

Chunky Monkey Protein Smoothie

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Banana Protein Shake

​Check out this Banana Protein Shake if you’re looking for a relatively simple protein shake that tastes fantastic. The recipe takes full advantage of the flavor of bananas, rather than including it as one of multiple flavors. As is often the case, you can use frozen or fresh bananas. Frozen bananas are best, as they create a thicker and creamier shake.

Espresso Protein Shake

​This Espresso Protein Shake is a perfect choice for any coffee lovers out there. The flavor and texture combination is very similar to frozen coffee drinks that you’ll often find at coffee ​shops, except that this version is lower in sugar and much better for you. Like the other entries on this list, the smoothie is also high in protein, so it will help to keep you full.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

​Don’t you just love how elegantly this Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie is presented? The glass size seems like a fun way to serve the smoothie as a protein-packed snack. Of course, you might want a larger ​glass if you plan to use the smoothie as a meal replacement. Either way, you’ll love the balance of flavors.

The Best Tasting Green Protein Smoothie Ever

​Calling this The Best Tasting Green Protein Smoothie Ever pretty much says it all. The richness and creaminess of the smoothie are particularly appealing factors. This means that you don’t feel like you’re drinking something laden with veggies (even though you totally are). The amount of protein per serving will change depending on the protein powder you use – but you’re getting plenty of protein either way.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

​This Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie was simply too good to ignore. It has the familiar focus on chocolate and peanut butter, although this time the emphasis is on dark chocolate. This creates a smoothie that is a little less sweet and is somehow more elegant as well. You can choose the consistency too, just vary how much ice you add.

Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

​This Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie looks so good, doesn’t it? Blueberries are a particularly appealing fruit. Not only are they full of flavor, but they’re a key source of antioxidants too. The smoothie is a winner when it comes to protein too. One serving contains more than 20 grams of protein. That’s without protein powder! If you felt like adding protein powder, you’d increase the protein content even more.

Chocolate Berry Green Protein Smoothie

​This Chocolate Berry Green Protein Smoothie includes plenty of different flavors, which is a good thing. With complex smoothies like this, you’ll find that no single flavor dominates. Instead, you get to experience an interesting mixture of the different flavors. Besides, combining chocolate and berries always works well.

Coffee Protein Smoothie

​I’m a fan of coffee, so it’s only fitting to end the list with this Coffee Protein Smoothie. As Brita mentions, drinking coffee and a smoothie in the morning often isn’t viable, especially if you’re short on time. Combining both into one drink is a win-win. Besides, coffee is appealing regardless of the time of day.


We’re a smoothie family, are you? I love this recipe because you can use fresh or frozen berries. You can add spinach (or no spinach). Thus, the pink smoothies today. :)

Here are the ingredients you will need for this smoothie recipe:

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Fresh baby spinach, optional
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Frozen banana
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Protein powder, optional

Earlier this year I started doing yoga, and I love it! I love the discipline of yoga—to body and mind—and all that stretching does a body good!

For me, I’ve appreciated the one hour of disciplined exercise, and also the slowing down and focusing on things that come to mind, which always lead me to a better place.

At first I thought the breathing exercises were all silliness, as in, was it really necessary? But rightfully so, breathing becomes the central axis of the practice. You can actually “feel” the workout better when you’re breathing appropriately. The fun yoga poses are challenging, and I love having a goal to “stretch myself” and focus more on aligning my posture. That’s when we hit that sweet spot physically and mentally, when we know we’re doing it right. The energy of the outer world does leave, when I allow it to, and I replace it with things that come to mind. Some say that yoga is all about you, but I love to think of it as being good for me, but also making it about others, as it leads me to pray for others.

My new teacher Sue is awesome. She takes the practice a little faster and we end up getting the cardio we need, with no pounding on my bones (running) and ruining my feet! :) At the same time, it’s a great class for runners and bikers to help improve flexibility, and core strength. She gets the body moving and heated, and the words out of her mouth are inspirational and so encouraging. Having a yoga teacher you love makes all the difference. I also go to yoga with my friend, Cindy. Having a friend to help motivate and get me out the door (so I don’t find other things to do), is also important.

When I come home from yoga, I often make a smoothie. Having frozen tons of raspberries, earlier this summer, I whip up this recipe I’m sharing today. It’s full of goodness and it’s a favorite in our house. You can’t taste the spinach — promise! Great way to get a couple of servings of fruits/vegetables first thing in the morning, or, if you don’t want the greens, you can make the smoothie without the spinach.

To make the smoothie, I used a frozen banana, some fresh raspberries, one small handful of baby spinach (fresh not frozen), unsweetened almond milk, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, honey for added sweetness, and ice to make it nice and frosty.

I always add protein powder, because my body needs protein right after a workout.


Green Protein Power Breakfast Smoothie

This Green Protein Power Breakfast Smoothie is the perfect morning pick-me-up to get the day started off right. The mix of natural sugars, vitamins, and minerals from the banana + mango + spinach combo really help to perk you up while the healthy fats and protein from the pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts keep you feeling satiated.

I used to be a total oatmeal girl when it came to breakfast. If you follow Garden of Vegan on tumblr, you might remember that I ate oatmeal all the time, like pretty much every single day.

While I still love oatmeal, for some reason I just don't have much of an appetite first thing in the morning anymore. Since skipping breakfast is simply not an option for me (it's pretty much guaranteed that I'll be starving and grumpy 2 hours later) green smoothies have become my everyday go-to breakfast. Green smoothies are seriously the perfect early breakfast meal.

Not only has this Green Protein Power Breakfast Smoothie saved my breakfasts, they've also taken the place of my morning caffeine addiction. I used to drink 1-2 cups of coffee with my breakfast every morning. But now I've found that this green smoothie gives me the same sort of boost that caffeine does, without any negative side effects.

I absolutely love having a big green smoothie first thing in the morning, it makes me feel awake and energized for the day without the crash a couple of hours later. I mean, how can you not feel good after downing 2+ servings of fruits and vegetables before 10am? Not to mention the loads of wonderful nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Another awesome thing about green smoothies? They don't have to be all about fruits and vegetables. Adding other foods like nuts, seeds, and grains creates a smoothie that can hold it's own as a meal and is truly satisfying. Pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts add a nice boost of protein and fat to this quick and healthy breakfast. Give it a try and see how you feel!

This powerful green smoothie is high in calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Nutrition Info:

Almond milk: Unfortified almond milk is a good source of vitamin E & calcium, many varieties are often fortified with vitamins A, D, & B12, riboflavin, & zinc.

Banana: A great source of vitamin B6, bananas also contain moderate amounts of potassium, vitamin C, and manganese.

Mango: High in vitamin C & A and contains moderate amounts of vitamins E, K, B6 & B9 in addition to potassium and copper.

Baby spinach: Loaded with vitamin K (1 cup provides over 180% of your recommended daily intake) as well as vitamins A & C.

Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium.

Hemp hearts: Packed with high quality protein and a great source of essential fatty acids.

Clockwise from left: Frozen mango chunks, unsweetened almond milk, baby spinach, banana, hemp hearts, and raw pumpkin seeds.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • ½ cup (125 ml) chopped mango, frozen
  • 1-2 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) pumpkin seeds (Pepita seeds)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)
  • optional: ½ scoop (approx. 30ml) vanilla protein powder + ¼ cup (60ml) water

Supplies: a blender or an immersion blender + tumbler

Dietary Requirements: Gluten free, Soy free, Nut free option, No sugar added, Raw

Directions:

In a blender (or large tumbler if you're using an immersion blender) layer the spinach, banana, mango, pumpkin seeds, and hemp hearts. Add the almond milk and blend until smooth. I use a cheap 15$ immersion blender and I blend this smoothie for about 2 minutes (long enough to blend the pumpkin seeds really really smooth.) This recipe makes 1 large smoothie (2 cups - 500ml).

The Green Protein Power Breakfast Smoothie: before and after blending. This smoothie provides a big dose of brightly coloured orange and green fruits and vegetables.

Substitutions:

For a nut free option, substitute the almond milk with a certified nut free oat milk, rice milk, hemp milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.

For a higher protein option: Add a scoop of your favourite vanilla protein powder and/or substitute the almond milk with a high protein non-dairy milk such as soy or hemp milk. This smoothie contains approx. 13g of protein when made with almond milk, substituting it with soy milk will add an additional 6g of protein. Adding protein powder will add about 6-15g of protein (depending on the brand and amount of protein powder you use.)

To make a variation of this green smoothie without banana, substitute the banana with &frac23 cup of frozen mango or frozen peaches.

13 grams protein | 9 grams fibre (when made with almond milk)

As with any smoothie recipe, feel free to experiment with the ingredients.

When it comes to smoothies there's rarely a mistake that you couldn't fix by playing around with the ratios a little bit. If your smoothie's too thin, add more frozen fruit. If it's too thick, add more liquid.

If it's too sweet, add a splash of water. If not sweet enough, blend in a couple of pitted dates or your favourite natural sweetener. Happy blending!