There’s been a strong trend in the health and fitness industry recently towards a plant based diet in some way, shape or form. Whether that be Vegetarian, Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, Lacto-Vegetarian, Ovo-Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian or Vegan, all these forms of Vegetarianism call for little to no meat.
In recent months, I have been making a transition to a plant based diet myself and one of my concerns as a fitness enthusiast it getting in enough protein!
But with a little research and planning, I realised that it really wasn’t that difficult after all.
Some of the non-,meat sources of protein I’ve been eating include beans and legumes, nut & seeds, tempeh, and for those that eat them, you can include eggs and dairy in your diet, . Greek yoghurt and cottage cheese are particularly high in protein. When I add in a serving of protein powder or two, I am easily able to meet my protein targets for the day!
Vegans can choose from Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Soy Protein and the new Hemp Protein coming soon. Vegetarians can also use Whey Protein. So many different options and flavours to suit every taste!
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You can use your protein of choice in so many different ways. If you like things simple, simply mix a serving in cold water or your almond milk after your workout. To make something a bit more substantial, you can mix up a chocolate and banana smoothie, or raspberry and mango smoothie, or even a green smoothie!
Or perhaps make some protein balls or add some protein powder into your pancakes each morning. You can even make protein muffins and cakes and there are endless recipes for these all over the internet .
But today I wanted share this amazing green smoothie recipe I have been having after my workouts. The combination is mind blowing and you’ll find yourself looking forward to this every single day!
Ingredients: (adjust to suit your own portion size or macros)
1-2 frozen bananas
A few ice cubes
1 cup cold water or nut milk of choice (adjust for your own consistency)
30-40 grams of Tony Sfeirs Designer Physique Pineapple Coconut Pea Protein
1-2 handfuls of Kale
A few stems of Parsley
1-2 Tbs Flax seeds (if your blender isn’t powerful enough to grind them, make sure you do that beforehand)
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1-2 Medjool Dates (optional – but I like these for extra sweetness and energy!)
Crush the ice then blend till completely smooth and pour into a large jug to enjoy.
This is hands down my favourite smoothie right now! The Pineapple Coconut flavour blends so well with the other flavours and you will meet your nutritional needs with a full serving of protein, plenty of carbs, some omega 3 fats, fibre and a good dose of vitamins and minerals all in the one drink!