A Protein Smoothie is a great solution to a couple of dietary issues we have in our home. I’m not sure if it’s because we don’t absorb nutrients as effectively as older adults or if it’s just gender differences. There are certain nutrients I’ve never had difficulty getting plenty of, but my husband, Andy does. Protein is one. And of course, men need more than women.
Anyway, I started making a Protein Smoothie every day using Vega Plant-Based Protein and Greens, Chocolate. And I can never just leave something l like that alone. I take it as an opportunity to get more fresh veggies into us in a regular way. Here’s what I put together for us pretty much every day for lunch:
And that’s not to mention that we both have some bone density issues for which we walk like crazy, do floor exercises, and eat lots of greens. Still, we find we need a little help with calcium.
A Daily Protein Smoothie
- Oat Milk, 2 cups
- Vega Plant-Based Protein and Greens, Chocolate, 2 scoops
- Ice cubes, 2-1/2 cups
- Dark Cherries, frozen, unsweetened, 1/2 cup
- White Cabbage, 1/2 cup chunked
- Red Cabbage, 1/2 cup chunked
- Carrot, one large, cut in pieces
- Celery, two stalks, cut in pieces
- Beet, small-medium, cut in pieces
Add all ingredients in that order to a VitaMix or other blender. Start slowly, and work up to speed. Blend for 2 minutes or until very smooth. It should make two 2-1/2 cup servings, about 20 oz. each.
By the time we finish lunch, between our Power Oatmeal and our Protein Smoothie, we’ve met most of our nutritional needs for the day. We have more of a variety for dinner. I’m not a big believer in supplements. I like to get our nutrients from food — but we do take one Centrum Silver each day as an insurance policy.
Ad me’ah v’esrim, (until 120) as some say.