The BEST Protein Shakes (you wouldn’t believe are Vegan)!

Before I begin, I should get something off my chest. I’m not a Vegan, but I do do my best to try and stay away from dairy for digestive reasons. A couple months ago, I decided I was going to cut it out, and as someone who would live off of Cheddar cheese and Mint Chip Ice cream if I could, I thought I was never going to like the alternatives.  It took some adjustments (more mental than physical), but after 10 days I was amazed at the difference it made in my digestive health.  I stopped feeling bloated, heavy, and had a lot easier time processing foods.

The Protein Powder

For a long time I used Whey Isolate Protein Powders, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a plant-based protein.  The first plant-based protein powder I tried was Orgain Organic Protein and I thought it tasted like dirt. I’m a tough critic when it comes to food in general, so if I (and EJ) like it, that’s saying something.

Up until now, you’re probably thinking, “Erin, you’re sure not selling me on the whole vegan protein hoopla,” and you’re probably right.  But – if I’m going to put something out there and say, “Trust me, you’ll love this!” I’m going to give you all the facts first.

Enter, Vega Protein!

Vega Protein is plant-based, packed with protein, and it actually tastes good! We use both the vanilla and the chocolate flavors, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to Whey.

Vanilla 30g protein, 150 Calories per serving

Chocolate 30g protein, 160 Calories per serving

Depending on which recipe you fancy, you may want to only try one (or maybe both).

The links above connect to Amazon, but if you’d rather go into a shop to buy, GNC carries Vega as well!

Keep in mind, these recipes can use any Chocolate or Vanilla protein powder, but when you finish your container, or maybe feel ready for a change, give this brand a shot!

Recipe: The Mint Chipper

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Time: Less than 5 Minutes

What you’ll need:

-8 oz. Almond Milk

-1 Banana

-1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder

-1 handful of spinach (I typically like to pile it in – you can’t taste it), but for an exact measurement about 1/3 – 1/2 cup)

-1 tablespoon Cacao Nibs (these are my favorite – thank you Amazon!)

-1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract (available at your local Safeway or grocery store in the Baking Aisle)

-1/2 cup of ice

Instructions: Throw everything in to the blender (I usually like to put my ingredients in the blender in the order above.) And Voilà, it’s ready!

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Recipe: The Reese’s Pieces Split

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Time: Less than 5 Minutes

What you’ll need:

-8 oz. Almond Milk

-1 Banana

-1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder

-1 tablespoon Peanut Butter (You could also use Almond Butter, if that’s more up your alley)

-1/2 cup of ice

Instructions: Throw everything in to the blender. (Again, I usually like to put my ingredients in the blender in the order above.) And presto, you’re on the go!

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Super easy. Super quick. Wholesome ingredients.

I’m not a health nut. Sure, I eat as healthy as I can, but like many of you, I’m not a fan of veggies, and I refuse to eat something that doesn’t taste good.  Both of these recipes time and time again continue to amaze me.  They take less than 5 minutes and less than 7 ingredients. We make them for breakfast, a meal on the go, and even dessert depending on the day.

Let yourself be open to trying new things. It’s the only way you’ll know what you do and don’t like. Try them out and tell me what you think!

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