How to Make a Vegan Breakfast Smoothie
by Mandy Kalish

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.


About The Author

Mandy Kalish

For more about vegan breakfast smoothies, including info about vegan protein and
another recipe, visit
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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.
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