Ensure High Protein -
Breakfast Superfood Smoothie

So you want to ensure high protein in your diet?

You're reading part II of the superfood smoothie recipe I drink every single morning to ensure high protein.

If you want to learn how to actually make this wonderfully delicious, energizing superfood protein smoothie, you've come to the right place. Read on.

Or if you’re just joining us, click here to go back to part I so you can take a look at the recipe and a breakdown of the ingredients. Otherwise, this is how you make it…

Blending Instructions

If you’re using a fancy, high-powered blender like Vitamix you’re lucky, you don’t have to read this part. Just toss all of them in and blend like you usually do. Feel free to skip to the next part.

But I want to emphasize that this smoothie recipe is for everyone, not just those that can afford a high-powered blender. In fact, I’ve been making this recipe every day in my standard, run-of-the-mill blender that I got at Target a few years back, while I save up to hopefully buy a Vita Mix soon to make even better smoothies to ensure high protein in my diet.

So if you’re using a regular blender, this is the best way I’ve found to ensure a nice smooth texture, no weird chunks or chalkiness or other problems.

You are after all using three different powders plus peanut butter…and who hasn’t been frustrated as things stick together, stick to the wall of the blender, or just don’t blend right? I’ve been there before too, and this is how to ensure that doesn’t happen:


For a more detailed explanation of this process, click here to view the page on How to Make Smoothies the Right Texture


Add each ingredient step by step. Blend on low setting for just a few seconds until it becomes all one liquid—the solids get incorporated into the liquid, and it should be a fast easy process if you break it down like this. Then add the next ingredient and repeat.

This way you avoid chunkiness, chalkiness, things sticking together or sticking to the wall. It may seem like a tedious process but I think it actually makes things go faster as you spend less time getting frustrating in troubleshooting mode.

This is the order for adding the ingredients that I would recommend for this smoothie:

  • Step 1: Banana & Almond Milk - or whatever other fruit or texture base you’re using, and whatever kind of milk or liquid you’re using.
  • Step 2: Powders - Add all powders at same time. It’s good to add the dry ingredients first so you can use the same spoon later for wet ingredients like peanut butter.
  • Step 3: Peanut Butter – or whichever nut butter, if any, you’re using.
  • Step 4: Any Extra Nuts or Seeds – optional for this recipe. If adding multiple nuts and seeds, you can add all together or break it down into a few separate phases of its own.
  • Step 5: Ice – ice comes last as it’s the hardest to blend. Start with the highest setting possible and work your way down through the settings, until you come out with a perfectly blended smoothie with just the right texture.

I like to add all ingredients and go through this process as fast as possible, but maybe that’s just for dramatic effect. I’m pretty sure I can make this smoothie in 5 minutes flat in the morning….soon maybe I’ll upload video proof of that.


Other Variations of this Smoothie

This smoothie is fantastic as it is. But in case you want to get bored, or don’t like one of the ingredients, or want to mix it up a bit, here are some possible variations:

  • Use other fruits instead of banana. I’ve tried it with strawberries, but I find it comes out too sweet. I specifically designed this smoothie to be low-fructose (low sugar, including the kind that comes from fruits), so I used only 1 banana. But you can add in extra bananas, bananas and strawberries, other berries, pomegranate seeds, etc.
  • Add in chia seeds or hemp seeds. I’ve actually been meaning to do this but keep forgetting. That’s because I ran out of chia seeds and recently scored a good deal on both chia & hemp seeds at the Green Festival in LA, but I have yet to bring the bags to my kitchen and open them up. I’m sure it would be great with either or both, and add some Omega-3 to this already incredibly nutritious smoothie.
  • Add in walnuts. I’ve done this before and it’s good. Makes a thicker, more substantial smoothie. The nuts help even further to ensure high protein.
  • Add in cinnamon. This adds an interesting undertone flavor to the smoothie, and also thickens up the texture. Be careful to only use a little bit…the effects are potent.
  • Add in other superfoods. The options are literally endless. If you have added any other superfoods to this recipe and loved it, please post a comment in the box below so we can all learn from your clever idea ;)


Benefits of this Smoothie

I can honestly say that after drinking this superfood smoothie the very first day, I felt a marked difference in my energy levels and overall feeling of wellbeing. And I felt a lot more full and satisfied throughout the day as it helped me ensure high protein.

It was like the smoothie had a cleansing, detoxifying effect, shedding all the bad and old and making room for the new. Maybe it’s a gross analogy, but in a way it reminded me of the exfoliating scrub treatments they give you at the Arab baths (in North Africa), where you literally see your dead skin cells falling off your body. A bit like that, but the dead cells on the inside of your body instead of the outside.

I think a lot of the energizing, exfoliating, detox effect comes from the three main superfood ingredients:

1. Vega One Nutritional Shake

2. Raw Cacao Powder

3. Vegan Brown Rice Protein Powder

I won’t go into too much detail about the individual power ingredients in these three foods as I will soon have an individual page for each one, explaining the specific components and benefits.

But basically, it has everything that you are most likely missing from your diet, whether vegan, vegetarian, omnivore or carnivore. You know those ingredients and nutrients you may have heard of at some point, but thought it would be too difficult to track them all down and incorporate them into your diet? This smoothie has them all.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Low Sugar - the only sugar comes from one raw whole banana, and there’s no added sugar or refined sugar whatsoever.
  • Dairy, Soy & Gluten Free
  • Vegan (Plant Based)
  • A Wide Range of Vitamins & Minerals - 25% to 50% of Daily Value
  • High Protein - ensure high protein in your plant-based diet
  • Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes - healthy bacteria for your stomach
  • Omega 3
  • Antioxidants - including rare harder-to-find ingredients like maqui berry (an up-and-coming superfruit)
  • Maca - energizing superfood powder of the Incas
  • Blend of Greens - including healthy Chlorella - another superfood to keep your eye on for its powerful benefits.


So this smoothie is basically like an absolutely delicious, natural multi-vitamin in a glass…only it does so much more than a mere multivitamin! Plus it’s a lot more enjoyable :)

I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to track down all these ingredients on their own and make it into a smoothie each day. So I’ll stick with my superfood powders and keep making this mouth-watering, energy-boosting, filling smoothie in about 5 minutes flat each morning to ensure high protein and nutrition.

I hope you enjoy this energizing protein smoothie recipe and that it helps you ensure high protein in your diet. If you have any questions about this recipe, please feel free to leave a comment in the box below or contact me directly.


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