It’s been a little over a month since we started making protein smoothies each morning for breakfast. It’s amazing that a glass of fruit (and some other good stuff) is enough to keep us full all morning and into the afternoon. Since we started our smoothie adventure, we’ve been looking for ways to make them even healthier. My searches kept leading me back to this point: we needed to make our own protein powder mix. That’s where the oh-so-awesome Emily (Daily Garnish) came into play. When I Googled, “How to make your own protein powder mix” … Her blog popped up with an amazing post about this topic. Her mix is a little different than ours, so be sure to check out both!
After I knew what we’d need to put in our protein mix, I went to Nuts Online to buy most of the ingredients. If you’ve never shopped with them before, you have got to visit their site. Their customer service is amazing … they even sent us little samples of other things they thought we’d like. Everything was personalized, and it was just a great experience.
Okay, let’s get to it!! Our protein powder base is the Organic Hemp Protein Powder from Trader Joes. It’s vegan, organic and yummy. At just $10 for 16 oz. it’s a great buy. Other than that, we bought almost everything else from Nuts Online. Keep in mind, the protein mix we made didn’t use all of any ingredient (or even close), so we’ll only have to buy a few times a year … meaning it’s a HUGE savings in the long run!
So here’s what we put into the main mix:
- 2 cups protein powder Next time around I might add a 1/2 cup more protein powder. I love this stuff so much!
- 1 cup ground brown flax Full of fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids … It’s a great supplement in a vegetarian diet.
- 1/3 cup maca powder A root from South America. Great for a little energy boost, full of calcium, iron, and amino acids & even has been known to boost libido … bow chicka bow wow!
- 2 tbsp & 2 tsp chlorella powder A green algae that’s packed with 10 times as much chlorophyll as alfalfa and wheatgrass. Tons of protein. It’s full of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B12, C, and E. It smells like … algae, or something really green.
- 4 tsp spirulina Another algae. It’s a complete protein, and it’s more easily absorbed than protein in meat or soy. That’s not it. This algae has been known to help seasonal allergies, work as an anti-inflammatory, and lower cholesterol & blood pressure. It also packs vitamins A thru E, potassium and calcium. This one smells like fish food. It was a little rough at first, but you cannot taste it when it’s mixed into your smoothie!!!
- 4 tsp cinnamon Jimmy likes to add cinnamon to his smoothies, so I thought I’d add it to the entire mix. It tastes amazing, and cinnamon has great effects on your metabolism.
I just put everything in our food processor and combined. After it was mixed, I put it in a container and will store in the refrigerator (which is also where I keep my ingredients to store them).
So … to make our smoothies, we add:
- 1/4 cup of protein powder mix
- banana (or avocado)
- a handful frozen fruit
- 1 squirt of agave nectar (this adds sweetness)
- a small bunch of fresh spinach
- a little soy milk
- water to cover fruit
- Jimmy puts a scoop of BP2 (powdered peanut butter) in his instead of the fruit … Though, I’m trying to convince him to use mango, too!
Here’s my smoothie from this morning. I’ll be completely honest: It tastes different than it used to. Adding the maca and algae gives it a more earthy taste, but not in a bad way at all. It’s 2:30, and I still haven’t eaten lunch … this little smoothie is keeping me full, alert and I have a ton of energy.
If you’re active … an athlete … or often skip breakfast, you should start making these smoothies. The health benefits are amazing, and I feel so great all day. Let me know what you think!!