Almost 2 years ago (holy crap, time flies!) I posted a recipe for my simple chocolate banana protein shake. I’m kind of embarrassed of my horrible iPhone pics that I used to think were good enough to share, but it’s all about evolution, right? Growing and improving as a blogger. What has also improved is my recipe for this shake. I’ve added a couple elements to give it an extra boost of awesomeness. Plus, better pictures.
The basics of this shake are the same: frozen banana, almond milk & Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder. Plant Fusion is by far my favorite vegan powdered protein. It has a great flavor and there is zero chalkiness or grit in it. They also have vanilla bean, chocolate raspberry, unflavored and (holy crap!) cookies n’ cream (I’m going to have to try that one soon). I’m a straight up chocolate kind of girl though, so I’ll be sticking with that for now.
I’ve added three elements to this shake that give it added nutrients and fill it out a bit more to keep me feeling fuller, longer: ground flax seed, maca powder and Vitamineral Green. Yes the greens will turn your shake a gorgeous shade of green, but it doesn’t really alter the flavor. You could probably add some mint extract and pretend it’s a shamrock shake!
Flax is an amazing little seed. It is packed full of omega 3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber and has been known to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Vitamineral Green powder is vegan, raw, gluten-free and loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace elements and healing phytonutrients. Maca powder has been linked to increased energy, better sexual function, mood stabilization and lessoned PMS symptoms. I notice a HUGE difference in my health, my energy levels and my focus when I’m drinking this shake on a regular basis.
I have recently fallen off the healthy path I was on for a couple years. I haven’t been exercising and I have been eating way more processed foods than I should be and it has made a noticeable difference in my well being. Yes, it is possible to be vegan and eat unhealthy. I have vowed to myself to get back on track, starting with having one of these babies every morning for breakfast.