Top 5 Vegan Protein Smoothie Boosts

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Top 5 Vegan Protein Smoothie Boosts

Smoothies are a delicious and simple way to get extra protein into your day—whether it’s first thing in the morning for breakfast or after your workout for recovery. Plant-based protein is my go-to because it is alkaline-forming, nutrient dense and sustainable. To keep sugar low and nutrient density high, I recommend you grab your blender and make smoothies at home rather than purchasing one pre-made.

Here are my top 5 go-to protein boosts to add to your smoothies:

1. Hemp seeds
These tiny hemp seeds are a source of complete protein. They provide a creamy, nutty taste and are high in plant-based Omega-3s. Tip: You can either blend hemp seeds into your smoothie or sprinkle them on top for an added crunch.  

2. Nuts
Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, and a host of other nuts offer high amounts of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are super easy to incorporate into a smoothie. Tip: If you don’t have whole nuts on hand, add a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter and blend.

3. Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3s; an essential fatty acid. Grind your flaxseeds with a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder to increase absorption or alternatively you can purchase them already ground. Tip: Flaxseeds also add a creamy texture to smoothies.

4. Kale
Most people don’t realize how much protein greens have in them. One cup of kale provides 3 grams of protein and a multitude of vitamins and minerals.
Tip: If your smoothie contains non-dairy milk and fruit, this dark leafy green goes unnoticed in taste.

5. Plant-based Protein Powder
When choosing a protein supplement, whether female or male, look for one that is multisource - meaning it contains more than one plant-based protein source. This ensures you are getting all the essential amino acids you need. Also avoid highly processed soy, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. I formulated Vega Sport Performance Protein– a complete, multi-source plant-based protein powder blend with these considerations in mind. 

Brendan’s Green Protein Smoothie
Recipe originally from Vega’s Recipe Center


½ small honeydew melon

½ lime juiced

¼ avocado

1 cup water

½ cup of ice

1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla


Blend all ingredients together in blender and enjoy within 45 minutes post-workout.

House JD, Neufeld J, Leson G. (2010). Evaluating the quality of protein from hemp seed (Cannabis sativa L.) products through the use of the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score method. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. 58(22):11801-7.

[ii] United States Department of Agriculture. Nutrient Database: Kale, raw. Accessed on 8/4/14 from:



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