How to Make a Smoothie Fast, Without a Blender.

By Bridgette Clare, RHN on November 4, 2016 , categorized in Health

smoothie 101

It’s 5AM and all you want is a smoothie so you can nourish yourself before the day takes over. BUT… you don’t want to wake the whole house with the whirl of the blender. Or maybe you’re on the go with no shaker cup. Either way, just because there’s no blender is sight doesn’t mean you have to skip your smoothie. Using common household items, I’ve got five smoothie hacks and accompanying recipes to help you make shakes fast. No blender required.


Kitchen Whisk

Best for: Berry or juice-based smoothie.


  1. Add fresh, soft berries to a glass.
  2. Press with whisk while adding enough liquid to cover. Stir.
  3. Add one scoop Vega® Vanilla flavored protein powder of choice and add remaining liquid.
  4. Whisk until combined.

Berry Base Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 scoop Vega Vanilla flavored protein powder of choice
  • Ice


Cocktail Shaker Strainer or Fine Mesh Strainer

Best for: Nut butter or berry recipes that you want to smooth out.


  1. Add your ingredients to a wide mouth jar
  2. Close the lid, shake
  3. Strain and press over glass with ice

Coffee Nut Butter Recipe:

  • 1 ½ cup cold brew coffee
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop Vega Vanilla flavored protein powder of choice
  • ice



Best for: Banana-based smoothies.


  1. Mash ripe banana with fork at bottom of your glass
  2. Add liquid, stir
  3. Add 1 scoop Vega powder and stir
  4. Add ice

Chocolate Banana Recipe:

  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vega Chocolate flavored protein powder of choice


Mason Jar or Smoothie Glass with Lid

Best for: When you’re on-the-go.


  1. Add ice to jar or glass
  2. Add half of your liquid
  3. Add your favorite flavor of Vega powder
  4. Add remaining liquid
  5. Shake vigorously with the lid on

Wild Card Recipe:

  • 1 ½ cup almond milk, juice or water
  • 1 serving your favorite Vega protein powder
  • Ice


Handheld Milk Frother

Best for: Creamy smoothies that you like a little frothy.


  1. Add non-dairy beverage to your cup
  2. Add 1 serving your favorite Vega shake
  3. Mix with frother, add ice
  4. Optional: splash of fruit juice

Creamy Tropical Recipe:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 serving Vega Vanilla powder of choice
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Ice

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Bridgette Clare, RHN

A Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Certified Raw Foods Chef and Vega Product Specialist, Bridgette Clare works at Vega as the Customer Experience Team Lead. Bridgette is passionate about making food fun and accessible. She believes what we eat has a huge impact on how we feel and whole heartedly supports a holistic approach to nutrition. Experimenting in the kitchen, sharing new recipes and enjoying new culinary experiences with friends is what she’s all about. Fun fact: Bridgette is always seeking out fun ways to stay active—trying out everything from circus school to testing out her indoor cycling teacher abilities!