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Power-Charge your Morning with these Protein-Vegetable Smoothies

A diet rich in protein, fruit, and vegetables improves athletic performance, cognitive performance, and slows aging. When you’re in a hurry in the morning, a protein-vegetable smoothie is hard to beat. Try two of our favorite recipes or follow our straightforward formula to create your own.

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The secrets to a happier, healthier, and longer life aren’t really secrets. Better sleep, nutrition, and exercise are key. Proper nutrition -- in particular, protein, fruit, and vegetables -- improves athletic performance, cognitive performance and slows aging.

Your breakfast needs to be protein and produce powered, and bigger than you probably think.

Even though we know that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, most of us are not getting what we need from this super important meal.

Your breakfast needs to be protein and produce-powered, and probably bigger than you think. You should be aiming for 350-400 calories. Add some fat and carbs to the lean protein and vegetables to round your macronutrients and get the calories you need.

If you’ve done the 20 mins of HIIT that's part of our ultimate morning routine, you need to provide fuel to your muscles and set yourself up for the day.

My Protein-Packed Vegetable Smoothies

I begin each day with a nutritious, energizing smoothie loaded with lean protein and veggies!

If you’re like me, “traditional” North American breakfast foods (toast, cereal, granola, eggs, processed meats) leave you feeling sluggish instead of energized, so opt for a protein-powered vegetable-packed smoothie.

My formula is pretty straightforward and is based on my own macronutrient requirements. I’m generally pretty active in the morning, so I lean toward a higher calorie count, which means including fruit and seeds (which also meets my fat requirements). Depending on your own requirements, you may opt for more or less of these two ingredients.

Here's my formula:

Here are a couple of my favorite recipes:

Yogi’s Delight

  • 1 cup sugar-free almond milk or coconut water

  • 1 scoop organic vegan plant-based protein powder (or all-natural whey isolate)

  • ½ to whole banana (optional)

  • ½ cup frozen mangos

  • 1 cup (or more!) fresh baby spinach

  • ½ cup chopped English cucumber

  • 1-piece fresh turmeric (could also use 1 tsp powdered)

  • 1 piece fresh ginger

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp ground cardamom

  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)

If you need a little extra energy or prefer more creaminess, add the banana. I do this if I’m going to work out soon after drinking my smoothie. For an even more complete breakfast, I add the hemp seeds!

Ginger Berry Beet

Just throw these ingredients into your Ninja and enjoy!

Adjust them to your taste, or better still, come up with new combinations and share them with me by leaving your comments below or writing to us! We’d love to try them!

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