So as of right now my new favorite thing is this smoothie. It is so creamy, so rich and overall I’m just obsessed. The first time I made it I used cocoa powder because I don’t usually have chocolate protein powder on hand (I currently have a huge bag of SunWarrior Vanilla which I love and highly recommend). Because of that, I can always use vanilla protein powder and just throw in a tablespoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder. You can still taste the chocolate it’s just not as strong. Anyways, yesterday I was at Whole Foods and said screw it, I’m buying a chocolate smoothie pack. This leads me to my other obsession (for the past year or so): Vega Protein Smoothie.
These are just around $2-3 for one pack which I guess can be pricey but I never like to buy the larger pouches for around $20 because I’m a broke college girl. They come in many different flavors like Bodacious Berry, Oh Natural, Tropical Tango and Viva Vanilla. I’ve tried all of them and my favorite are definitely the Tropical Tango and Choc-O-Lat (the one I purchased). They give such flavor to your smoothies but definitely don’t leave you with a chalky powder taste in your mouth like most powders. Vega also offers small nutritional shake protein pouches which are a bit different and more expensive but also same great taste!
This little pouch packs a whopping 15 grams of protein, contains a green blend of kale, broccoli and alfalfa grass (what even?!), along with brown rice AND hemp seed protein. God bless good ingredients and no weird artificial sweeteners, colors or dyes. Natural cocoa flavor and stevia leaf extract. Seriously, I love you Vega Team! I love ya!
Back to the wonderful smoothie I created with this protein powder: my blueberry pineapple chocolate smoothie. Filled with yummy goodness, chocolate and of course… some kale.
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 frozen cup of pineapple
- ½ cup blueberries
- 2 stalks of kale
- 1 pouch of Vega Protein Smoothie - Choc-O-Lat flavor (or use 2 tbsp cocoa powder)
- 5 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients and blend!
- Add more ice if needed to make it thicker and spoon-able (my favorite).
Shockingly, with only a few ice cubes, this smoothie came out very creamy and the perfect texture to spoon. I hate hate HATE when my smoothies are so liquified that I have to drink them through a straw and a spoon isn’t even an option. Granted I love straws but spooning them is much more fun to me. I love to top my smoothies with more fruit, granola or super foods so this time I decided to top them with some coconut flakes. It was the bomb.com 100%.
I used to think I could only make super creamy smoothies with bananas but I think I found a new love in pineapple and blueberries. The cocoa added that extra bang to the mix as well. Next time I might add a date or two to sweeten it up even more. It sure didn’t let me down.