As discussed with the Hemp Smoothie, it’s important to get protein and carbohydrates into your body within 30 minutes after a workout for proper recovery. Thanks to Vegan Ironman champion Hillary Biscay, I’ve been introduced not only to the Vega Protein Powder products, but also dropping a beet or 2 into my smoothie. Beets are wonderful for antioxidants, vitamin-C and potassium, but they also add a nice mild sweetness and color to the smoothie. Instead of yogurt, I’m using nut butter to provide protein and a creamy texture.
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tbsp Hemp Powder
1 tbsp Vega Smoothie Protein Mix
1-2 cooked baby beets
1 cup mixed frozen fruit (strawberries, pineapple and melon)
1 cup Rice, Almond or Cashew Milk.
Add frozen fruit first along with beets. (I used packaged baby beets for ease, but in the summer I’ll steam a bunch or 2 from the farmer’s market and then keep them in the refrigerator to use in salads and smoothies.) Add powders, nut butter (measure with a regular tablespoon for ease), and milk. Blend for 90 seconds and enjoy! I use the super versatile Vita-Mix blender which is fantastic and easy to clean, definitely a good investment if you’ve been considering it.