The One Consistent Part of My Every Day

It's taken me a really long time to fully understand my health complications and what foods I can and cannot tolerate, and I'm still not 100% there yet. It's been a work in progress for many years now, but I can finally say that I've made some major strides. I try to opt for whole, fresh foods whenever possible (like lean meats, fish, veggies), but smoothies have been a game changer for me when I'm pressed for time or need some extra calories. Sometimes dinners and lunches are unpredictable, so I try to make a smoothie either early in the morning or towards the night when I'm home. When I make one in the morning, I can at least be sure that I'm getting some legitimate nutrients in early on for energy.

Since I cannot have whey, I used plant-based protein in all of my shakes. Thankfully, I've been able to find some great brands that have helped me so much through this process. Here's what's in my smoothie:

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Orgain's organic plant-based protein is what I use most often. I've tried their chocolate fudge and vanilla bean flavors so far, which go great with other ingredients. For the liquid base I use Silk's unsweetened vanilla cashew milk. Then I'll use some bananas, hemp hearts, and chia seeds for extra omega-3's, healthy fats, and protein.

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For my quick Vanilla Smoothie recipe I use:

  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of cashew milk
  • 2 scoops of plant-based protein
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp of hemp hearts
  • 2 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter 
  • Optional: Gluten free granola to add on top (best part in my opinion)

Blend all ingredients, add the granola, and enjoy!

Images by Bri Costello Photography

Images by Bri Costello Photography

xo Erin

 

Erin Kinnevy