How to Make a Vegan Breakfast Smoothie

How to Make a Vegan Breakfast Smoothie

It’s pretty easy to make a vegan breakfast smoothie. There are so many variations, that this how-to article will just be a series of suggestions. If you’re used to making non-vegan smoothies, you can substitute all your animal-derived products for non-animal-derived products. For example, if you use real milk or yogurt, switch to coconut kefir or to soy or to almond milk. Also, if you are used to making protein smoothies and use whey protein, you will need to substitute a vegan protein powder instead of the whey protein.

So what are some of the sources of vegan protein? Hemp is packed with essential oils, amino acids, protein and fiber. The powder form of hemp protein is green and has an earthy taste. It’s a good choice for making vegan smoothies. Brown rice protein is another source of vegan protein. It’s fairly popular because it’s allergen-free. Some also say brown rice protein is easier to digest than hemp protein.

Another vegan protein option is yellow pea powder. Pea protein is also easily digestible and packed with amino acids. Whole grain brown rice is another possible vegan protein powder that’s packed with fiber and is easy to digest and hypoallergenic.

If you’ve never made a breakfast smoothie before, you’re in for a treat! Smoothies are filling, easy, nutritious and can be refreshing and delicious as well. Pick one, two or three of your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Freeze them or buy them frozen, and then add a serving to your blender. Add vegan protein powder and other vitamins and/or minerals that you take as well. For example, you can open up your vitamin capsules and put the powder in your smoothie, including vitamin C, juice plus or veggie powder. Many people also add Omega Oils, such as Flax Seed Oil, to increase the nutritional value of their smoothies. If you don’t have Flax Seed Oil, you can use one or two tablespoons of ground flax, or flax meal, or even use the flax in addition to the Omega Oil to add more fiber to your smoothie.

Other great nutritional boosts to add to your vegan breakfast smoothie could be coconut oil, ginseng extract, turmeric, yerba mate, nutritional yeast, wheat grass, ginger root, Maca, cocoa nibs, pomegranate juice, echinacea, wheat germ and aloe vera juice.

If you’re using a lot of powder in your smoothie, you may want to add a fresh banana in order to smooth out the texture. It’s not necessary to freeze the banana like the other fruit, but you can if you want. Next you’ll want to add your liquid. Some people opt to use part juice and part vegan milk, such as soy, rice or almond milk. I use a half cup of Acai juice and one cup of unsweetened almond milk in my fruit smoothies. If you are using frozen fruits, you won’t need to add any ice, but if you are using fresh fruit, you should add some ice to chill the smoothie in order to make it taste better.

Blend your ingredients extremely well, and then voila, you’re done! Serve and enjoy every last vegan drop.

Some other variations for vegan smoothies could include: peanut butter, banana and vegan chocolate smoothies; mango, papaya and pineapple smoothies; raspberry, blackberry and vanilla smoothies; strawberry, vegan chocolate and mint smoothies; coconut, pineapple and banana smoothies; and pecan, banana and blueberry smoothies. These are just suggestions. Once you get the basics down, you can experiment and come up with your own favorite flavor combination and use different nutritional boosts to suit your daily needs.

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