4. Mint – If you are looking for a delicious protein shake that is invigorating and fun to drink, just add a few sprigs of mint to your blender and get ready to enjoy the results. Whether you add mint to an existing protein shake recipe or experiment with different concoctions on your own, you will have a delicious and healthy snack for any time of day. You can even grow your own mint at home.
Thin Mint Protein Smoothie
1 Cup coconut milk
3-5 Tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
2-3 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Scoop chocolate whey protein
1/2 Cup Ice
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high.
5. Avocado – Avocado is not just for dips anymore. This delicious ingredient is also the perfect mix-in for your favorite protein shakes. Avocados are abundant, inexpensive and easy to buy, and they are also versatile, healthy and delicious. Just grab a few extra the next time you are at the grocery store and add them to your favorite protein shake recipes.
Avocado Breakfast Smoothie
1 frozen banana (the riper the sweeter)
½ a California Avocado
½ cup light almond milk
A touch of honey or agave
Combine all ingredients and blend in blender.
5. Swiss chard – Swiss chard is always a favorite for salads and side dishes, but it is a great ingredient for protein shakes as well. Swiss chard mixes well, it tastes great and it is great for you. Who could ask for anything more?
Chard Black and Blue Smoothie
2 cups water
1 cup firmly packed chard leaves
1 medium-sized frozen sliced banana
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger, plus more to taste
1/8 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more to taste
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional, see post)
Pinch of sea salt (optional, see post)
Optional Boosters to kick it up a notch!
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon acai powder
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Throw all of your ingredients into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.