Vegan Purple Protein Berry Smoothie

Made with fresh organic farmers' market berries, coconut milk and plant-based protein powder - this delicious no-gmo vegan smoothie will leave you feeling happily satisfied. It's the perfect breakfast or post-workout fuel!

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My sweetheart and I always visit our Farmers' Market on the weekends he's in town. We love to bring home the local fruit, especially the berries! They are as delicious as they are gorgeous. On this particular day we bought raspberries and blackberries. So yum! We purchase from the organic famers to ensure what we bring home is not only fresh - but also truly healthy.

I have been drinking Vega plant-based vegan protein shakes for months now (way before I learned of my food allergies) and have been happy with the quality and overall way they make me feel. Once I learned about my allergies, I checked the label and was stoked to see that Vega doesn't contain soy. Score for me! I have a shake 1-2 times a day with water, but I also use a scoop in smoothies that I made with either water or coconut milk. I'm also very happy with the organic, non-gmo, vegan coconut milk sold by Pacific. It too is free of gmo ingredients and is organic. (Note: I have nothing to do with these brands. I just really like them!)

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Not only is this vegan smoothie nutritional and delicious - it's purple. My favorite color! Purple isn't just pretty, it's good for you too. Purple foods are packed with anthocyanins, natural chemicals that help protect cells and heal your body. So drink up!

Vegan Purple Protein Berry Smoothie:

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup raspberries (for sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup of blackberries or blueberries or mix
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup ice (about 7 ice cubes)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla)

Instructions:

  • Place liquid in blender first
  • Add fruit 
  • Add ice (ice should always be on top, furthest from the blades)
  • Blend those ingredients first and check your consistency. Ice trays vary so what is perfect for me may not be for you. Don't make it too thick - you still have powder to add.
  • Add scoop of protein powder and replace lid. PULSE the powder in small bursts so it mixes perfectly with the liquid.
  • Pour, scrape any berry bits into your glass with a spoonula.

If the taste is too thick or too "chalky" for you, add an extra 1/2 cup of coconut milk. I only used 1/2 to cut calories, but I find it does taste better with a full cup. See nutritional comparison below:

The coconut milk isn't really that high in calories or carbs, so you can see how making the smoothie with a full cup of coconut milk isn't the end of the world. You may need an extra ice cube or two. That's the only recipe change. (Note: Don't be alarmed by the fat content in coconut milk - it's good fat.)

I hope you love this recipe. Please be sure to let me know what you think of it. A vegan plant-based diet is something I am leaning towards more and more - and this shake is the perfect meal or snack when eating a balanced vegan diet.

¡Buen provecho!

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