Happy International Women’s Day!
I don’t know if it is true that women like smoothies more than men do, but it seems to me that I know a lot of women who love to start the day with a smoothie. So, in honour of today being our day, here is a change to my regular smoothie – a vegan smoothie.
I will be writing soon about our recent vegan experiment, and this smoothie became one of my two go-to breakfasts.
Rather than using milk and greek yogourt, my usual protein sources, I switched to soy milk and nutritional yeast, which is packed with protein and is very low in fat. It is usually used to add flavour or as a cheese replacement, so I don’t know if it is vegan-cool to use in a smoothie…but I do.
I also tossed in either chia seeds or hemp seeds, which have protein and are also omega-rich. Finally, if you have some kale or spinach on hand, add those, and half a banana.
If you find this isn’t keeping you full, the addition of some good fat could help – some melted coconut oil or some almond butter. I occasionally add one of these ingredients, particularly if I’ve been to the gym.
The taste is a bit different but still yummy. Low fat and no animal products. Mix and match depending on your tastes.
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1 cup soy milk
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp chia or hemp seeds
several kale or spinach leaves
half a banana
Mix all together in a blender or Magic Bullet. If the berries are very frozen, the smoothie may be too thick. I put the berries and milk in a Bullet glass in the fridge the night before so they are thawed but still cold.
NOTE: If you follow Weight Watchers, this recipe is 4 points plus – 2 for the fat free soy milk, 1 for the chia or hemp seeds and 1 for the yeast.