This Peanut Butter Hemp Green Smoothie is jam-packed with protein and your daily dose of greens. It’s a nutritious and filling breakfast recipe to start your day.
When I tell people I write a health-focused blog, I often get asked the question “what kind of healthy?”. Are you gluten-free, or paleo or whatever the latest diet du jour is? It used to give me a lot of anxiety that I could never fully answer their question.
“Ummmmm I don’t know? The organic kind?” I used to wish I could answer the question more simply, but over the years have come to terms with the fact that my diet has no label and it’s totally cool to be inconsistent.
When I decided to reduce my meat and animal product consumption last year, people automatically jumped to the conclusion that I’d become vegan. I certainly have had and continue to have days that would by definition be considered vegan, but if a filet mignon was calling my name (unlikely but not out of the realm of possibility) I certainly wouldn’t deny myself the choice.
I also love a good chicken nugget.
But even though I am not vegan or 100% plant-based, experimenting with other diets can certainly open you up to foods you otherwise wouldn’t have considered.
When I first transitioned to a more plant-focused diet (i.e. stopped eating as many animal products), I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to get in enough protein. I grew up eating meat and sort of had the notion that we need animal protein to function.
With some education from friends (Alexis you are a saint!), I opened up to the idea of plant-based protein sources and have found that my energy, satiety and overall happiness with my meals has not at all been affected by decreasing my meat consumption.
Hemp Hearts alone contain 10 grams of protein per 30 gram serving. Now combine that with 5 grams of protein in natural peanut butter, and suddenly animal protein is a thing of the past.
This peanut butter hemp green smoothie alone contains over 17 grams of protein without any protein powder added!
The point is, don’t stress about the labels, but be open-minded to trying out all kinds of diets. You never know what you may discover!
Peanut Butter Hemp Green Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 smoothie
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I like almond milk)
- 1 large ripe banana, fresh or frozen
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
- 2 cups greens (I use spinach but kale, romaine, arugula all work)
- 1 cup ice
- Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed.
- Blend until smooth.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest. I was compensated for my time, however all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make THM possible and bring more delicious recipes your way!
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