Acai Recovery Bowl

Acai Recovery Bowl

This protein bowl needs little introduction. Basically it’s filled with deliciousness that will help your body recover post-workout. With the help of the Vega Sport Performance products, and antioxidant filled superfoods, you can be on your way to your next workout in no time friends! BTW, sorry I have been so MIA on the blog, I was away traveling, but more attention will be paid now!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 cup organic frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 scoop stevia powder
  • 6 oz almond milk unsweetened vanilla

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Instructions:

Add all ingredients in a blender and take it for a whirl! Top with fruits and granola if you like.

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Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 206

Carbs: 11.5g

Protein: 28g

Fat: 0g

This recipe contains about 3.5g of fiber and is a good source of potassium. Maca powder is a rich source of vitamins, balances your mood, provides energy and soothes the endocrine system. Acai powder contains a large amount of antioxidants that fight tissue and cell damage in your body, and acai provides essential amino acids that aid in proper muscle contraction.

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Tropical Matcha Protein Bowl

Tropical Matcha Protein Bowl

They may look weird, but I LOVE me some green shakes! Whenever I feel like I need a superfood spirula boost, I put a teaspoon of powdered spirulina in my shake and it turns this gorgeous, deep green color. Plus, with the matcha, this shake gives you a real energy boost!

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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 6-8 oz unsweetened flaxmilk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Vega Sport)
  • 4 tsp tropical fruit matcha (by Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tsp powdered spirulina (I used Earth Rise)
  • Optional: 1 cup spinach

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Instructions:

  1. Start by blending your ice, mango & flaxmilk together. This gives the blender a chance to work on getting the big chunks broken down before muddling the shake with more ingredients
  2. Add the other ingredients and blend. Add more flaxmilk or ice as needed to alter the consistency.

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matcha8 I love this tropical matcha blend, but surely regular matcha would still be delicious in this recipe.

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This is the flaxmilk that I use. This company makes 3 flavors, unsweetened, sweetened and vanilla. I think the unsweetened has such great flavor, I’ve never tried the other two! Second to coconut milk, (and homemade alternative milk) this is my favorite, go to brand. It’s low cal and packed with omega-3’s.

matcha10You can use any kind of spirulina in this recipe, I just love this powder made by Earth Rise. It’s grown here in California! Just one teaspoon of spirulina contains 3-4 servings of vegetables, 2g protein, Vitamin A, Iron, Chlorophyll, antioxidants, essential fats, and many other vitamins and minerals. Now THAT’S a superfood!

Nutritional Facts:

*Including spinach but no additional toppings as shown

Calories: 273

Carbs: 31g

Protein: 29g

Fat: 3g

*This recipe contains just over 2g of fiber, and is PACKED with Vitamins A & C. It is also a good source of Calcium and potassium. Drink up!

Date & Nut Spice Protein Shake

Date & Nut Spice Protein Shake

Can a protein shake be cold and warm at the same time? Well, this is close. It has the warming qualities and spices that envoke fall, but its obviously frozen. I am anything but traditional with my protein shakes, so this flavor will  be the first of many fall shakes. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 6-8 oz unsweetened flax milk (or your preferred alternative milk)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use vega sport performance)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted almond butter (I used my homemade cinnamon vanilla almond butter)
  • 2 medjool dates (chopped)
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg & clove to taste
  • Optional toppings: granola & dried apricots

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Instructions:

  1. Blend the ice, banana and flaxmilk together a bit before adding other ingredients. This lets the blender focus on the hard stuff and will make your shake smoother in the end.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and serve!
  3. Additional toppings that taste great: dried apricots, vanilla granola, coconut, more cinnamon and definitely more almond butter.

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Nutritional Facts:

Not including granola or dried apricots

Calories: 394

Carbs: 58g

Protein: 30.5g

Fat: 11.5g

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*This recipe contains 7.5g of fiber and is high in potassium, calcium & Vitamin A. The cinnamon is great for metabolism, stabilizing blood sugar and is a great source of antioxidants.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Protein Bowl

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Protein Shake

This shake is unexpectedly delicious. Everyone’s heard of strawberry lemonade, but few people have tasted the joy of mixing basil (a savory, fresh, and powerful herb) with strawberries (a sweet, strong and tangy berry). Please try this! And, of course, use only fresh basil. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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Ingredients:

  • 6-8 oz unsweetened flaxmilk
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • The juice from 1/2 a lemon (you can use a whole small lemon if you’re feeling daring)
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use vegasport performance in Vanilla–it’s the ultimate post-workout recovery vegan protein)
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • A few sprigs basil

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Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 228

Carbs: 25g

Protein: 27g

Fat: 3g

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This shake containd 4g of fiber, is high in Vitamin C, Calcium and powerful antioxidants. Basil is high in Vitamin K and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon juice helps aid in digestion and boosts the immune system. So, as you can see, this shake is powerful!

Mango Blueberry Protein Bowl

Mango Blueberry Protein Bowl

This delicious protein shake is best in layers. Double the layers, double the flavor! And this unexpected combination tastes fantastic… enjoy!!!

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Ingredients:

Mango Layer:

  • 2-4 oz unsweetened flaxmilk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder

Blueberry Layer:

  • 2-4 oz unsweetened flaxmilk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

 

Instructions:

Blend separately and layer. For a thicker consistency, freeze each layer for 15-20 minutes before combining.

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Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 335

Carbs: 40g

Protein: 30g

Fat: 7g

This shake has almost 10g of fiber and is high in Vitamin A and Calcium! Top with 1/2 oz goji berries for 2g of protein and 50 cals.

Peanut Butter & Cacao Nib Protein Shake

Peanut Butter & Cacao Nib Protein Shake

Sometimes, a girl just NEEDS some peanut butter. I personally do not shy away from nut butters, as they contain healthy, satiating fats and protein. Plus, I usually make my own nut butters any way, without added salt and preservatives. However, if you’re looking to cut back, powdered peanut butter is a must!!! It can be added in protein shakes, oatmeal, pancakes, cakes or made into a sauce to drizzle on top of whatever your heart desires. You don’t get all of the protein, but you don’t get all of the fat either.

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Ingredients:

  • 6-8 oz unsweetened flaxmilk (by Good Karma)
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (Vega Sport Performace in Vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter (I use “Just Great Stuff”)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp maca powder (I use Nativas)
  • 1/2 oz=1tbsp cacao nibs (NOT COCOA, CACAO–again by Nativas)

Cacao nibs are made straight from the cacao bean and contain antioxidants, iron, magnesium, protein and fiber, among other great things. Just a tablespoon is 2g of PROTEIN! Plus, they have an amazingly rich chocolate taste and add a great crunch to the shake that reminds me of a good old fashioned chocolate chip milkshake. I use CACAO whenever possible instead of COCOA—just trust me, make the switch!

Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 425

Carbs: 48g

Protein: 35.5g

Fat: 14.5g
This shake has 15g of fiber and is high in calcium and omega-3’s!

**Nutritional Facts were calculated by the MyFitnessPal app**

Fig & Date Spice Protein Shake

Fig & Date Spice Protein Shake

Let’s start this blog off with a protein shake you wouldn’t expect! This shake is delectably sweet, and just intricate enough so that you won’t even believe you’re having a plain old boring protein shake…which is something I always try to avoid.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz unsweetened flaxmilk (I suggest starting with less and adding more as needed)
  • 4-5 ice cubes (you can adjust this to your liking to aquire a desired consistency)
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (as you can see, I use Vega Sport Perfomance protein powder in Vanilla. I use it for just about everything, it makes for a GREAT post-workout recovery meal)
  • 4 black figs
  • 2 medium-large medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (feel free to eyeball the cinnamon and vanilla extract—I usually don’t bother with the measurements) 

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I topped mine with garnishes of cinnamon, goji berries and, of course, a fig! The figs and dates in this shake add the perfect amount of sweetness, no need to add any more! Add as much cinnamon as you like, it helps regulate blood sugar and aids in a speedy metabolism.

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Both FIGS & DATES are a high source of potassium (which makes them perfect for post-workout) & fiber!

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Nutritional Facts:

My shakes traditionally fit between 12 & 16oz for a meal. The more ice that is added, the more shake you get!

Calories: 365

Carbs: 49g

Protein: 30g

Fat: 7g

(This shake has 8g of fiber, is high in calcium, omega-3’s and potassium!!! The high water content in figs makes this a very hydrating post-workout meal, and adding just 1/2 oz of goji berries will give you 2g of  extra protein!!)

**I use the MyFitnessPal app for all of my nutritional calculating**