How to Make Your Best Smoothies and Protein Shakes

By Morgan Shupe on October 6, 2015 , categorized in Plant-based Nutrition

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Everyone has their favorite flavor of Vega One®, Vega® Essentials, Vega® Protein & Greens or Vega Sport® Protein. Whether you’ve just opened a new tub of protein powder, or you’re feeling like you’re in a smoothie or protein shake rut, use our favorite smoothie flavor pairings to take your blender to the next level. As you’re building out these flavor pairings, don’t forget to blend them into the Base Smoothie equation:

Base Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 ½ cups liquid (water, juice, non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cup ice or frozen fruits
  • 1 serving protein powder (Vega One, Vega Protein & Greens, Vega Essentials or Vega Sport Protein)

Optional:

  • 1-2 handfuls greens (kale, chard, spinach)
  • 1-2 Tbsp good fats (avocado, nut butter)
  • 1 tsp spices (cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg)
  • ½ cup chopped vegetables or fruit (cucumber, celery, apple)
  • 1 inch ginger or turmeric root

Preparation

Blend until smooth. Serve cold.

Take this base smoothie and blend it with the flavor suggestions below for the best tasting smoothie recipe.

Not-so-Vanilla

If you love…Vega Essentials Vanilla

A bowl of creamy vanilla ice cream is what you get when you taste Vanilla Essentials.  This decadent flavor pairs best with all your favorite sundae toppings: chocolate, cherries and banana.

Pairs Well With: Berries, Banana, Cardamom, Cherries, Chocolate, Oats. Try a Frozen Banana Smoothie Recipe (frozen banana, non-dairy milk and Vega Essentials) and top it with chocolate sauce and sprinkles. Or make a protein shake with just Vega Essentials, non-dairy milk, ice, and cacoa nibs.

If you love…Vega  One French Vanilla

French Vanilla is more decadent than your average vanilla. Be reminded of a smooth Crème Brûlée when you smell the sweet perfume of French vanilla.

How to build your best vanilla protein shakes

Pairs Well With:  Avocado, Coffee, Ginger, Lemon, Fruits, Nuts, Oats Try a French Vanilla Blended Coffee by blending French Vanilla Vega One with coffee, ice and non-dairy milk. Don’t have time for a blender? Make a protein shake in a shaker cup with cold-brew, ice, non-dairy milk and Vega One French Vanilla.

If you love…Vega Protein & Greens or Vega Sport  Protein Vanilla

This classic flavor pairs great with the usual suspects for smoothie ingredients like greens, banana and strawberries.

Pairs Well With: Apricots, Avocado. Beets, Berries, Cardamom, Cloves, Coffee, Ginger, Lemon, Maple, Most Fruits, Nuts, Oats, Tea, and Yogurt Try an Apricot Cardamom (non-dairy) Yogurt Smoothie.

If you love… Vega One Vanilla Chai

The spicy hints of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger are balanced with the sweetness of vanilla in Vanilla Chai Vega One. On a chilly morning, mix with warm almond milk for a twist on a chai latte.

Pairs Well With: Almonds, Banana, Cashews, Coffee, Sweet Potato, Peaches, Pumpkin Try making a dirty chai smoothie recipe, with coffee, almond milk, ice and vanilla chai Vega One.

Who doesn’t love chocolate?

If you love…Vega Essentials Chocolate

Who needs chocolate milk when you can have a smoothie with a creamy and rich cocoa flavor? Blend Vega Essentials in Chocolate with ice and almond milk for a healthy but still luxurious chocolate milkshake alternative.

Pairs Well With: Banana, Cashews, Cayenne, Coffee, Hazelnuts, Nutmeg, Raspberries Try a Mexican Chocolate Smoothie with cayenne, nutmeg and raspberries. Or try a chocolate protein shake with Vega Essentials Chocolate simply shaken with non-dairy milk and ice.

If you love…Vega Protein & Greens or Vega Sport Protein Chocolate

The perfect balance of dark chocolate with a hint of sweet vanilla. Pairs great with peanut butter to make the classic PB and chocolate combination in a smoothie recipe.

Pairs Well With: Avocado, Banana, Chai, Coffee, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Maca, Nut Butters, Nuts, Orange, Vanilla Try a Chocolate Coffee Smoothie with avocado and a pinch of cayenne.

If you love…Vega Sport Protein Mocha

Replace your expensive morning latte with Vega Mocha. Just as satisfying as the real thing, you will never look back once you’ve made the switch.

Pairs Well With: Banana, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Mango, or Orange. Try a Banana Mocha Latte Smoothie with ice and almond milk. A mocha protein shake made with Vega Sport Protein Mocha, plus ice and non-dairy milk can help you start your day strong.

Beyond basic flavors: Tropical, Berry and Natural

If you love…Vega Protein & Greens Tropical

If you want to feel like you are on vacation in the tropics this is the flavor for you. Just add a tiny umbrella and be whisked away to a sandy beach with a Piña Colada. Pairs great with frozen tropical fruits and is a great flavor to hide extra greens and vegetables.

Pairs Well With: Basil, Carrot, Jalapeno, Lime, Mango, Pineapple, Yogurt Try a Jalapeno Lime Mango Smoothie.  Shake a protein shake with Vega Protein & Greens tropical, ice, lime juice, and water.

If you love…Vega One, Vega Protein & Greens or Vega Sport Protein Berry

Packed full of berry flavor this pairs perfectly with orange juice or oranges to enhance the berry flavor.

Pairs Well With: Almonds, Beets, Berries, Dark Chocolate, Hemp Seeds, Nuts, Orange, Poppy Seeds Try a Chocolate Berry Smoothie by adding rich dark chocolate and ice. Make a protein shake with berry flavored Vega protein powder, a tablespoon of hemp seeds, ice, and orange juice.

If you love…Vega One or Vega Protein & Greens Natural

The flavor of natural Vega products is very neutral with a slight hint of earthy greens, and subtle vanilla. Some say it reminds them of oatmeal. It pairs best with crisp refreshing flavors.

How to build your best green protein shakes

Pairs Well With:  Cucumber, Fennel, Lemon, Green Apple, Greens, Ginger Try a Cucumber Lemon Smoothie.Or mix natural flavored Vega protein powder in a protein shake with lemon

What is your favorite smoothie recipe or protein shake combination?

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Morgan Shupe

Morgan Shupe is a Vancouver chef, freelance recipe developer and regular contributor to Vega’s Expert Panel. Her amazingly delicious plant-based recipes for meals and smoothies are well-renowned at the Vega HQ kitchen—where she was formerly Vega’s Chef.

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