Sweet Pea Mint Smoothie
Yields: 3 servings
This smoothie provides an excellent opportunity to increase plant based protein and have a well balanced meal in a cup.
Green peas are an excellent source of non-meat protein, as well as chia seeds, avocados, and dark leafy greens. Throw in some fruit and mint for flavor, and voila, a super refreshing summer smoothie awaits!
One serving of this smoothie yields about 6 grams of protein, which isn't so bad for a cup full of plants! If you want to up the levels of protein, might I suggest adding more chia seeds? Chia seeds are an excellent post-workout add-in, and I definitely up my chia/protein for active days.
Smoothies can be made in advance, stored in mason jars, and then be the ideal "grab and go" meal. The protein? That's just an added plus (and an excellent topic to discuss).
10 oz water
1/4 ripe avocado
1 1/2 cup diced pineapple
1 green apple, diced
2/3 cup frozen green peas
10 fresh mint leaves
1 small cucumber, with the skin, diced
3 romaine leaves
1-2 cups spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
Optional add in (which I love to add to all of my smoothies): 3 scoops of Amazing Grass Green Superfood (will also add an addition 2 grams of protein per serving, upping this smoothie to 8 grams of protein/serving, if you're counting)
1. Place all of your ingredients in your blender in the order listed and process away! If you don't have a super high powered blender, you're going to want to chop and dice your ingredients down to accelerate processing time. A lot of the great nutrients are in the skins of the ingredients (like the cucumber and apple), but they aren't necessarily the easiest to process by a standard blender. You're going to have to play "getting to know you" with your blender, as well as "getting to know you" with yourself and your preferences.
I always sip my smoothies through a straw, because... well... it's just fun.