Sorry for the really uninspiring toppings! It was all I had in my cupboard when I took this photo and really wanted to get the recipe up haha. To be honest the smoothie doesn’t need that many toppings since it’s already quite flavoursome, the crunch is just really nice.
Hello lovelies, happy Monday! I wanted to share my latest snack obsession, smoothies. Never thought I would write that because I never really understood the thing with smoothies. Everyone seems to drink them and love them. The main issue I had was I never found them very filling and whenever I had finished one I felt I needed to eat something more in order to feel satisfied.
Recently I’ve struggled finding good snacks that aren’t bread. Even though I ate rye bread (which definitely is not the worst you could eat) I just felt like I ate it far too much. I was getting tired of it and I wasn’t really enjoying it anymore either. You guys know by now that I want my food to be enjoyable, it’s super important. I’ve also gone off chia puddings a bit for now so I was looking into other options. You can now see my massive snack dilemma 😛
With all the training I do I also felt like I needed something more to help my body get stronger at the gym, which led me to investing in protein powder, Neat Nutrition’s vegan vanilla protein powder. I’ve had it before ages ago and liked it. I love their ethos and how they really focus on the quality of their products as well as limiting the ingredients in them to as few as possible. Their vegan protein powder is made from hemp and pea protein. The reason for me not using protein powder before was because I didn’t real feel like I needed it whilst now when I’m eating more plant based food I felt like my body needed a boost to perform better.
This new investment has led me to experimenting a bit with different kinds of smoothies and ingredients. I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like too fruity smoothies, or I just haven’t found one that works for me yet. A favourite so far has been this peanut butter one that I really want to share with you.
Peanut butter vanilla smoothie
1 frozen banana
200 ml unsweetened almond milk (or any other kind of milk you prefer, a couple of brands I like are Rude Health, Provamel and Ecomill)
100 ml of cold water (you can add ice cubes too if you like it to be a bit more frozen)
1 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp of peanut butter (make sure it’s good quality without any added palm oil)
Optional: a handful of spinach or kale or both (great way to get your greens in and it doesn’t affect the flavour)
Just throw everything in your blender and blend until smooth.
One realisation I’ve had is eating out of a bowl with some toppings instead of drinking your smoothie helps you feel full. I feel like it helps your body to register it’s getting food not just a liquid. The chewing of the toppings definitely helps too. My toppings are not very inspiring at the moment but I can imagine this tasting great with cacao nibs on top. It’s also great with some cinnamon sprinkled on top.
So if you’re feeling like me, that smoothies aren’t filling you up, try eating them instead plus maybe add some more ingredients in them. It’s made a great difference for me. Eating it with a spoon makes sure you’re not downing it in like four gulps, which I have a tendency to sometimes. Compare that to chewing on food properly you can imagine that the body doesn’t have time to register what it’s being fed.
Now when I’m on the smoothie train I would love to invest in more ingredients for them like maca, cacao powder and green boosting powders. What do you put in your smoothies? I would love to hear about the smoothies you make since I’m a newbie to all of this.
Speak to you soon xx