Keeping this recipe a secret would just be mean. I love smoothies, but the process of making them and getting a ton of ingredients is never appealing to me. I started making this one solely for the purpose of having protein post-workout, but it’s turned into a treat that I can enjoy anytime of the day. I say treat because it tastes like a Wendy’s Frosty. It’s almost too good to be true.
Anyways, I have found the perfect smoothie recipe. Why so perfect?Takes 5-7 minutes to make
- Only uses 5 ingredients
- Has a good ratio of protein to carbs to fats
- Good post workout
- Tastes like a dessert
- Can eat it with a spoon
Sometimes I put it in a bowl, sometimes I put it in a glass mug, and sometimes I take it with me to go in the car. It’s also nutrient dense because of the collagen peptides, which are great for hair, skin, nails, and your gut.
This excerpt from a post by Nourished Kitchen explains the benefits of collagen:
The amino acids glycine and proline form collagen, the structural protein found in the connective tissue of animals. When that connective tissue breaks down during cooking, as in boiling a chicken frame for bone broth, that collagen is extracted and is referred to as gelatin (learn more about the differences between collagen peptides and gelatin here).It is collagen in our own bodies that keeps skin looking taut and young, and it declines as we age. In addition to declining as we age, collagen is affected by environmental toxins and lifestyle factors as well: smoking, poor nutrition, and excessive alcohol or recreational drug use can further exacerbate the loss of collagen, and speed aging of the skin.
There’s some evidence that even though collagen breaks down into its constituent amino acids when digested, it still may support skin health by reducing wrinkle depth and increasing skin elasticity (read more here and here), but more research is necessary.
Foods rich in antioxidants, like leafy greens, as well as foods rich in vitamin C also play a critical role in supporting skin health and the formation of collagen.
Which brings me to my favorite “protein powder”. Vital Protein Collagen Peptides + cacao powder. This way you can skip the ingredients, binders, food coloring, flavorings, and all the other junk that are in expensive nonsensical protein powders. It’s flavoreless, so you can dress it up however you would like. You can also use it to make homemade protein bars (again, junk-free) and other snacks.
- 1 banana (or roughly 1 cup of fruit), frozen for thicker consistency
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk or water
- stevial (optional)
- Blend the fruit, liquid, and ice together in a blender FIRST. Then, add in collagen, cacao powder, and stevia. Blend until frothy and thick.
- Drink-with-a-straw consistency: add more liquid
- Eat-with-a-spoon consistency: add more ice or frozen fruit
What’s your favorite smoothie recipes? Try this one and let me know what you think in the comments below, or over in the Keep It Real Private Facebook group.