This thick and creamy green smoothie is made with apple, banana, ginger, avocado and spinach. Packed with 23 grams of protein per serving, this breakfast on-the-go will keep you satisfied for hours!
It’s no surprise that I have a bit of a reputation as the Smoothie Queen around here. I couldn’t tell you how many smoothies I’ve made but we average around 2-3 a day between myself, my husband and our two little ones.
Earlier last month I started adding something new to my smoothies: Vital Proteins collagen peptides. If you’re not familiar with collage, don’t worry – I wasn’t either. Here’s a great definition from the Vital Proteins website: “Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons in our body. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.”
All I can say is: sign. me. up. Before taking collagen, I did a good amount of research. Immediately, I was drawn in by the health benefits: increased athletic performance, gut health, glowing skin, joint health, improved digestion, deeper sleep and more.
When I began asking others who already had been taking collagen for some time, almost everyone said that they noticed improved hair and nail health within weeks. Guess what I noticed before anything else? Stronger nails! And you know I love me some nice nails.
The second thing I noticed, almost right away, was improved digestion and gut health. Of course, at just 70 calories and 18 g protein per serving, I would use it as a protein powder regardless of health benefits so all of the ways in which it makes me feel better inside and out are just an added perk.
One added benefit that no one mentioned was how much creamier it makes your smoothies! Almost like a thickening agent, Vital Proteins collagen creates a creamy, silky texture to my smoothies that no other protein powder has ever done.
This green protein smoothie is naturally sweetened with apple and banana then blended with spinach, cilantro and creamy avocado for thickness. Each serving provides 23 grams of protein ensuring long lasting energy to get you through your day!
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Green Protein Smoothie
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 medium apple (cored)
- ½ medium banana
- ¼ avocado
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
- 2 inch piece ginger root
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon)
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
- pinch cayenne (optional)
- 1 teaspoon termeric
- ice to taste
- chia seeds and hemp seeds (optional garnish for texture)
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glads and enjoy.
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