Jarrod and I spent last week on a fairly strict meal plan to cut down on how much we were eating out and how much we were scrambling for last-minute dinner ideas. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful our fridge looked — so many beautiful, fresh veggies, all of them getting eaten before they had the chance to go bed!
I tried to take some opportunities to use up my veggies in smoothies. I’ve always been a fan of carrots and greens in smoothies, and recently I’ve been on a cauliflower kick, but this time I took a risk on broccoli.
Guess what? It was amazing! Jarrod’s no picky eater, but he’s not exactly a smoothie connoisseur, and he drank this one faster than me (mind you, I was typing at the time. That’s my excuse)!
One serving of the smoothie — which I made using high-protein pea milk — had more than 16 grams of protein. Naturally the milk makes up about half of that, but you can also add a protein powder like pumpkin seed protein powder or my personal favourite, Vega Protein and Greens.
Blueberries and broccoli are both hella nutritious, but who’d have thought they taste alright in a smoothie together?
Blueberry power smoothie, serves two
- Refined sugar-free
- Soy-free (depending on milk)
- Nut-free option
- Makes two smoothies (two cups each)
- Prep time: <10 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant milk (I use Ripple unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2/3 cups frozen blueberries
- One frozen banana
- 1/3 cup broccoli
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp peanut butter or other nut butter*
- 1 scoop protein powder of your choice (optional)
* For a nut-free option, try tahini or sunflower seed butter
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. If you don’t have a super-powerful blender, I’d recommend soaking the hemp hearts in your liquid overnight.
That’s it! How easy! By the way, did you know if you hashtag your vegan food with #eatplantsnerds on Instagram, I’ll feature it on my page? I love to share what kind of food the community is cooking up, so don’t hesitate, even if you’re not vegan and are just trying to get into it. Bring it on, veg heads!