Alkaline Green Protein Smoothie with a Vanilla Strawberry Twist
I have been working hard all summer long to create delicious alkalizing green smoothie recipes for my clients, and I hit the jackpot with this one. There is so much going on here, that I don’t know where to begin.
Let’s start with the ingredients. Of course I wanted to include kale, the mother of all greens. However, for certain clients that are new to green smoothies, kale on its own can be a bit overwhelming. So I decided to add strawberry, ginger, lime and mint to neutralize the bitter taste of the kale. All four are highly alkalizing and provide a sweet symphony of complimentary flavors. They are very subtle, yet work nicely with the greens and strawberry.
The avocado, also highly alkalizing, makes the texture smooth, creamy and dreamy. I recommend always adding avocado to your blended green drinks.
greens, kale, strawberries, avocado, lime, mint and ginger
As the base, I chose coconut water which adds its own element of sweetness to the pot. Then I added 1 scoop of SunWarrior Vanilla Protein, which provides 16 grams of protein. It is already sweetened with stevia, so no need for added sweeteners. The vanilla rounds off the flavor profile beautifully.
The secret weapon to creating a perfectly blended green smoothie is your blender. Unfortunately most blenders, even the Ninja, don’t have enough moxie to get the job done. What you’re left with instead, is a semi-blended green drink with chunks of kale and whatever fruits or veggies you chose. Who wants that?
If you’re seriously considering adding green smoothies to your daily nutrition plan, I highly recommend purchasing a Vitamix. I’ve had mine now for 8 years, and I use it every day. In fact, I always joke that if my house was on fire, my Vitamix would be the 2nd thing I grab right after my dog. Not kidding! It’s a serious investment up front, but totally worth it in the long run. They also have a stellar warranty!
Good news is that if you order your Vitamix through me, you get free shipping, and you help support the work I do here. It’s a win-win!
All in all, I absolutely loved both the taste and texture of this smoothie. The strawberry really pops, and the protein with avocado makes it thick, smooth and very satisfying. I have to say this is one of my favorite green smoothie recipes so far. It’s is so jam-packed with nutrition that you can enjoy this for breakfast or lunch.
Try your best to use all Organic, especially for the kale and strawberries!
1-2 handfuls baby greens
3 medium Kale leaves
5-8 fresh mint leaves
1″ piece fresh ginger, peeled
6-8 oz. coconut water + 6-8 oz. purified water (more water thins the consistency)
fresh juice of one lime
1 scoop SunWarrior Vanilla Protein
1-2 tsp udo’s oil blend
- Add coconut water and protein to your Vitamix
- Next add the rest of the ingredients, and squish down.
- Blend on high for 30-60 seconds until all greens have combined and texture is smooth.
Try adding other low glycemic berries or fruit.
You may also use nut milk instead of coconut water. However, I never recommend using store bought nut milks due to fortified ingredients (bad for kidneys) and inflammatory oils such as canola, etc. If you like the idea of nut milk, I recommend you make your own. Homemade Coconut Milk would be delicious!
Are you a fan of blended green drinks? Do you have any favorite recipes? What kind of vegan protein do you use? There are a ton of delicious concoctions for green smoothies, and I’d love to hear about yours. Please share in the comments section below. And as always, if you enjoyed this post and would like more recipes like this, please join me at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.