Banana Nut Smoothie [dairy free]

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It’s a scorcher here in the Pacific Northwest and I’m loving it! Now that our house has AC, that is. When the weather’s warm, there’s nothing better than a cold, creamy smoothie that tastes like a milkshake. I’m currently obsessed with my Banana Nut Smoothie. There’s pretty much not a day that goes by where I don’t slurp it down. Whether it’s mid-day snack time, breakfast or even a quick lunch, this smoothie makes it into my diet daily, and I kind of love it.

I’m a fan of protein powder, but not just any protein powder, it has to be free of junk, chemicals, artificial ingredients, etc. My fave protein powder right now is the Vega® Protein and Greens. It is naturally sweetened with stevia, is vanilla flavored and best yet, has 2 servings of green veggies per scoop. Yes! You heard me, veggies. But you wouldn’t know it because it tastes so delish. Of course you could always add some fresh spinach into your smoothie [because that’s never a bad idea!], but this one doesn’t even need it. My advice to you is to get your Vega® protein from Costco. It’s half the price there compared to other retailers, and it’s so worth it!

This smoothie is a nutrition powerhouse and super satisfying! When it comes to smoothies you want plenty of protein and healthy fats, not just fruit because then you’re looking at a smoothie that’s too high in sugar which is a no no. In my Banana Nut Smoothie you have the following goodness which makes this smoothie balanced with all the essential macronutrients [healthy fats, protein + carbs]:

Healthy Fats  |  raw walnuts + almonds

Protein  |  Vega® pea, hemp + sprouted brown rice protein

Healthy Carbs  |  frozen banana

The base of most of my favorite smoothies are bananas, so I make sure I always have them on hand! The best way to keep bananas around for smoothie making is to freeze them. When my bananas are just ripe [or a little over ripe – the riper the banana the sweeter your smoothie will be], I peel, chop them in half and freeze them. That way when I’m ready to make my smoothie I already have my bananas ready. Also, using frozen fruit as the base means that you don’t really need to add ice to your smoothie and water it down, too. So it’s super flavorful + creamy. Yes please.

 

Okay, so let’s get to the good stuff – the recipe!

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Banana Nut Smoothie

servings: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small banana [or ½ large banana], frozen
  • ¼ cup raw almonds or raw walnuts [I prefer a mixture of both!]
  • 1 scoop Vega® protein and greens, vanilla flavor
  • about 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • handful fresh spinach, optional
  • DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

time-saving suggestion: you can make the night before and store in the fridge until the next morning to drink for breakfast or bring to work.

 

Banana Nut Smoothie [dairy free]
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 small banana [or ½ large banana], frozen
  • ¼ cup raw almonds or raw walnuts [I prefer a mixture of both!]
  • 1 scoop Vega® protein and greens, vanilla flavor
  • about 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • handful fresh spinach, optional
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
  2. time-saving suggestion: you can make the night before and store in the fridge until the next morning to drink for breakfast or bring to work.

 

 

Have you tried this smoothie yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

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