Breakfast is one of my favorite meals. Especially weekends when I have more time to make something special. For week days though, breakfasts are either granola, avocado toast, oatmeal and for a mid morning breakfast a breakfast protein smoothie.
The anytime smoothie
I love this breakfast protein smoothie. It’s simple, quick to make and it’s super delicious. I usually have this as a second breakfast especially now that I have a bigger appetite. It also ensures I get in some extra omega 3 in the mornings. It’s also great in the afternoon or post workout.
What protein do you use?
I don’t like protein blends with sweeteners and flavoring. I avoid them and prefer to keep it simple with a plain unsweetened pea protein.
If you’re into health and fitness and concerned about protein this study shows that pea protein users gained the same muscle mass that whey protein users did. Thus one can conclude that a plant-based protein is just as good (I would say better for your health) as whey protein.
Smoothies are a great way to get an extra boost of protein in. So many times we are asked as a vegan if we get enough protein. The answer is almost ALWAYS YES. You don’t need to be consuming meat and dairy every day (or ever) to get all your protein.
I don’t have protein smoothies daily but since being pregnant and especially in my final trimester I’m finding protein smoothies keep me full for longer and ward off any sugar cravings I have.
How much protein should I consume?
One scoop (13g) of pea protein has 50 calories and 10g of protein. The Dietary Reference Index indicates that we should consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram (0.36 grams per pound). Thus if you weigh 55kg x 0.8 = 44 grams of protein per day is sufficient to meet your daily needs. I never thought I would be doing maths on this blog!
Once we add the remaining ingredients to this protein smoothie, we have a total of 19 grams thus giving you a substantial amount from a smoothie.
This smoothie is:
- On the thinner side
- High iron, calcium, magnesium, and manganese
- High in vitamins B2, B6 and C
- 50% of your daily fiber
5 Simple ingredients
- Frozen bananas
- Pea protein
- oat milk
- decaf coffee brewed.
Heres how to make this simple breakfast protein smoothie. Give it a try tomorrow, you might just love it.
Breakfast Protein Smoothie
- 2 large frozen bananas
- 1 scoop unsweetened pea protein
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 cup oat milk or plant milk of choice
- 1 shot brewed coffee (1/2 cup coffee) decaf or caffeine
- Brew the coffee. You need 1/2 cup.
- Add all the ingredients to the blender and add a handful of ice if you like.
- Blend on high for 40-60 seconds.
- Pour into a 1 litre jar/container and enjoy.
Looking for another smoothie option check out this refreshing Kale and Pear smoothie.
Let me know if you give this smoothie a try by rating it below. You’re welcome to tag me on Instagram @the_hungry_herbivore
Until next time, happy cooking 🙂