9 Jan 2013

chocolate berry protein smoothie


As we all know (or I should hope anyway) part of a healthy lifestyle is incorporating exercise in to every day. It doesn't have to be much, 30 minutes of power walking, weight lifting, running, hard core dancing, etc. all can suffice. Get your blood pumping, your lungs working and your heart beating. I love getting my sweat on.

Exercise is vital for a long, healthy, happy and rich life. It helps you sleep, look good, feel good and does absolute miracles for your bod. Trust me. Try to get in 10-30 minutes of exercise per day - you won't regret it. 


Now why am I talking about getting my sweat on? Who cares? Well, I'd like to think you do. Now if you have just worked out and want some delicious, raw, whole food nourishment - try this recipe. The perfect meal to consume right after exercise is a smoothie. Preferably with fruit, dark leafy greens and some kind of protein. I love hemp seeds and several different vegan protein powders. Why? Because your body needs to replenish the calories it just lost, and also repair the muscle tissue that was damaged when you worked out. I know that sounds scary but it's all good. When you eat protein and carbs after a workout, the protein works to repair and improve your muscle - that's how you get guns! The carbs (in fruit) replenish calories lost. Your body can effortlessly take these in when in smoothie form because there's almost no digestion needed - just absorption. I give you a basic post-workout smoothie recipe below, using Vega protein powder

Pretty perfect, huh?

I know some raw foodists strongly believe we should not have to use protein powders because we can get all our required protein (which actually isn't that much, contrary to public belief) from entirely whole foods. I don't like to hold convictions for any case, and this one isn't special. Everyone is different - some people do fine without extra protein powder, some don't. I like to use it because it helps me build muscle faster and more efficiently. Also, I don't want to have to eat bowls and bowls of spinach and broccoli all day. 

I am NOT saying you can't get enough protein on a raw vegan diet unless you have protein powders. Definitely not. But if you work out a lot you need to repair your muscle tissue with protein, and the most efficient and convenient way to do that is with protein powder. Also, it's not like it's this terrible over-processed food. You can find loads of excellent brands out there that gently process whole foods into clean and simple powders. Of course, there are also some sketchy GMO soy isolate proteins which I do not recommend. I love Sun Warrior, an all raw powder, and Vega (also it's creator and pro athlete - Brendan Brazier. Read his book, Thrive).


chocolate berry protein smoothie: makes about 4 cups

2 cups kale
1 cup frozen blueberries or other fruit
1 banana
1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder 
(or 2 tablespoons hemp seeds + 1 tablespoon cacao)
1-2 cups water, as needed

Blend all of the ingredients in your high speed blender (like a Vitamix) until smooth, then enjoy!

20 comments:

MICH:):):) said...

what veggie can i put i dont have kale

Emily von Euw said...

Any dark greens, really. Spinach would be my second choice.

Michele said...

This is so weird- my sister and I make this all the time, but without the banana. We call it 'black smoothie' even though it has a good amount of greens in it. Try adding a bit of molasses, so good!

Lindsey MM said...

Oooh molasses! Great idea Michele (I love the spelling of your name - that's my middle name). I had this smoothie this morning after my run (6.25 miles -- I'm training for a half marathon) and I also find smoothies to be the best after workout meal! I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder because I just have plain hemp protein powder. Perfect black green smoothie :)

Emily von Euw said...

Oh nom, nothing better than a smoothie after a run.

Emily von Euw said...

Noommm... smart.

Allison said...

You don't want to have to eat bowls of spinach and broccoli all day? I'd be okay with that!

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Amber said...

Question: what are the benefits of using water as opposed to nut milk?

Emily von Euw said...

I get my intake of nuts usually in my desserts, so I like to leave my smoothies nut free :) It's totally up to you though!

Anonymous said...

Emily,
I have been drinking your Elixir for about 22 days, almost daily, and I feel fabulous. I am about to start going back to the gym, so I know I will need something like this (with protein). To be clear do you get more protein with the powder and do you notice a difference between the 2 versions? I am enjoying your blog!
Carri

Emily von Euw said...

Hurray :D and congrats!! Yes you get more protein with the powder, and yes I have more energy, stamina and strength with I regularly consume protein powder in my green smoothies. Protein rebuilds your muscles and allows faster recovery :) Just make sure it's high quality! Otherwise it's not worth it. I recommend Vega, Beaming, or Sun Warrior.

BRobles said...

Garden of Life's Raw Protein Powder is also a great choice too. All raw sprouted nuts, seeds, and legumes.

BRobles said...

Here's a great video comparing them! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr_kc8GlQCw

Anonymous said...

I have no hemp seed, but organic rice protein powder. Do you think one tablespoon of rice protein + one tablespoon of cacao would work too?

Janine

Emily von Euw said...

@Janine - for sure :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This looks the business. Emily, what does your workout involve? x

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - it changes everyday, but usually yoga, running, push ups, crunches, squats, etc.