Vegan Lime Smoothie

This new recipe is a unique mixture of strong flavours. This provides a refreshing, creamy and delicious drink at any time of day.

The ground almonds were blended with the water for 60 seconds first. Then the other ingredients were added, and 60-90 seconds further in the high speed blender created the nutritious blend. I left the drink in the refrigerator for an hour to chill before enjoying.

100g ground almonds (calcium and magnesium)

200g banana (vitamin B6 and potassium)

100g spinach (vitamin A and potassium)

50g of my favourite pea protein powder

50ml maple syrup (calcium and magnesium)

100g limes (vitamin C and iron)

500 ml of cold water

Green Lime Protein Smoothie

Vegan Cranberry and Kiwi Smoothie

This new recipe is a delightful blend of frozen and dried fruit, and milled seeds. This provides a unique texture, nutritious and filling after a run.

It only takes 60 seconds to make in my high speed blender.

100g dried cranberries (antioxidants and manganese)

65g kiwis (Vitamin C and Vitamin B6)

50g frozen strawberries (Vitamin C and antioxidants)

55g of my favourite pea protein powder

20g organic milled flaxseed (fibre and Omega 3)

750 ml of cold water

Cranberry and Kiwi Protein Smoothie

Vegan Cacao Date Smoothie

This recipe is one of my favourites as the dates thicken the smoothie, whilst the mix of fruit create a sweet and delicious taste. It is a packed full of nutrition that I enjoy before and after runs.

The frozen fruit makes the smoothie cool and refreshing. It only takes 90 seconds to produce in my high speed blender.

150g pitted dates (potassium and magnesium)

65g frozen strawberries (Vitamin C and antioxidants)

60g frozen blackberries (Vitamin K and manganese)

50g frozen blueberries (Vitamin C and E)

50g of my favourite pea protein powder

20g raw cacao powder (iron and calcium)

50 ml of cold water

Date Cacao Smoothie

Easy Vegan Fruit Thick Shake

It is important to have a simple recipe that can be made quickly and supply a much needed protein boost post-run.

I always have some fruit around so I can easily blend a tasty and nutritious thick smoothie in my high speed blender. It takes as little as 90 seconds to produce.

1 large apple sliced (vitamin C and magnesium)

1 banana (vitamin B6 and potassium)

2 satsumas (vitamin A and calcium)

30g of my favourite pea protein powder

150 ml of cold water

Why I Consume Pea Protein Powder

I began supplementing my diet with vegan protein powder in late July 2016.

The purpose was to ensure my diet best supports my running training.

Pros:

  • It ensures I eat additional and necessary protein to maintain my healthy vegan diet.
  • It means I recover quickly and consistently as a runner who exercises regularly and intensely.
  • It is a relatively cheap source of high quality protein (18-21p per 30g serving)*.
  • It encourages me to make delicious smoothies rich in protein, such as the Cherry Cacao Shake.
  • It makes me feel that I am taking my running seriously, providing me with extra confidence.

Cons:

  • The lack of flavour means that mixing the powder with just water and/or soya milk does not elicit the best taste.
  • It took me months to gain the habit of making and drinking a pea protein smoothie after my workouts and on rest days.

I chose to consume the pea variety as it has 80% protein in every serving, and is significantly cheaper than alternative forms such as hemp and brown rice.

I would recommend any serious runner to consider taking this or similar supplements to enhance, not replace, existing protein intake.

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* The price is based on buying the powder in 5kg bulk bags as I do from a local supplier, Bulk Powders.