APPLE CHERRY AÇAI SMOOTHIE BOWL

It’s February, and to say that summer is around the corner would be a bit of a stretch. Cherries aren’t exactly in season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the frozen kind while we wait, right? Combine them with apples, açai puree, coconut milk and some warm spices to create this super fruity smoothie bowl, and don’t forget to decorate with all your favorite toppings!

Ingredients

  • 1 serving Vanilla Vega® Essentials
  • or French Vanilla Vega One™ Nutritional Shake
  • or Vanilla Vega® Protein & Greens
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
  • 1 frozen unsweetened açai pack
  • 1/2 apple, chopped (I prefer a slightly tart variety, such as Pink Lady)
  • 1/2 cup frozen pitted cherries
  • 1/2 piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Garnishes: apple slices, pepitas and chopped almonds

Preparation

  • Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Adjust the consistency with an extra dash of coconut milk (to thin) or ice (to thicken) if needed.
  • Pour into a bowl and top with your choice of garnishes. Serve with a spoon. 

    Additional notes:

    If you want to sneak extra veggies into this recipe, toss in a handful of your favorite greens. This might darken the color slightly, but you probably won’t even notice the taste.

NEXT-LEVEL CHOCOLATE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Want a supercharged chocolate shake? Try this next-level smoothie by Tess Masters in her new cookbook The Perfect Blend(You really can’t taste the cauliflower and collard greens!)

Reprinted with permission from The Perfect Blend, copyright 2016 Tess Masters. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Photography copyright 2016 by Anson Smart

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1⁄4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chopped collard greens (stalks removed), or other leafy green
  • 1⁄2 cup raw cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1⁄4 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 serving Chocolate Vega One™ Nutritional Shake
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp maca powder (optional)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp espresso (optional)
  • 1 1⁄2 frozen bananas, plus more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (black or white)

Preparation

Throw all of the ingredients except the bananas and chia seeds into your blender, and blast on high for 30 seconds, until well combined.

Add the chia and the frozen bananas and blast again on high for another 30 seconds, until smooth and creamy.

Drink immediately before the collard greens get assertive and the chia seeds thicken the drink.

BLUEBERRY ORANGE SMOOTHIE

Pick your favorite vanilla flavored Vega protein powder, and blend up this unique blueberry orange protein smoothie. Yes, the whole orange (minus the peel) can go into your blender. Just try to choose a seedless orange.

Ingredients

  • 1 serving Vanilla Vega® Essentials
  • or Vanilla Vega One™ Nutritional Shake
  • or Vanilla Vega® Protein & Greens
  • or Vanilla Vega Sport® Performance Protein
  • 1 whole orange, peeled
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Preparation

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

RASPBERRY BISCOTTI SMOOTHIE

Want to start your day with a biscotti and coffee? Switch it up with a raspberry biscotti smoothie in one hand, and coffee in the other.

Ingredients

  • 1 serving Coconut Almond Vega® Protein & Greens
  • or Coconut Almond Vega One™ Nutritional Shake
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup ice

Preparation

Blend all ingredients together, sip and enjoy!

SALTED CARAMEL APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE

Who says delicious can’t also be healthy? This balanced apple smoothie is a great way to add sweetness to your day, while also getting a tasty protein boost. Incorporate this shake in as a mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Gluten-Free Oatmeal (Red Mill)
  • 1 apple chopped
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk (beverage, not canned)
  • ½ – 1 serving Vega® Protein & Greens in Salted Caramel

Preparation

  • Blend ingredients in blender and enjoy!

4 BASIC SHAKER CUP RECIPES

You don’t need a blender to make a flavorful shake. Choose your flavor profile, add the ingredients to your shaker cup, shake your money maker (aka your shaker cup) and enjoy. Not sure how to properly stack your shaker cup? Follow this formula—and make sure you stack it in order!

Basic Layer Technique

1. Ice

2. Water, non-dairy beverage, or 100% juice

3. Vega product

4. Water

5. Ice

Now that you know how to properly stack your cup, here are four different recipes for you to try.

1. Low Key and a Little Tart

Just add a splash of lemon juice to your Vega powder and liquid of choice for a tangy twist.

2. Rich & Creamy

Add a scoop of non-dairy yogurt to thicken this shake up.

3. Elevated Chocolate

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Cacao nibs and cocoa powder make this taste like dessert in a cup.

4. Tropical Twist

Frozen fruit adds a tasty snack at the end of your shake.

Ingredients

  • Low Key and a Little Tart
  • Ice
  • ¾ cup water
  • Your favorite Vega® plant-based protein powder in Berry, Natural, Tropical, or Vanilla flavor
  • Splash lemon juice (to taste)
  • ¾ cup water
  • Ice
  • Rich & Creamy
  • Ice
  • ¾ cup non-dairy beverage
  • Your favorite Vega plant-based protein powder in Chocolate, Vanilla, or Berry flavor
  • ½ cup non-dairy yogurt
  • ¾ cup non-dairy beverage
  • Elevated Chocolate
  • Ice
  • ¾ cup non-dairy milk
  • Your favorite Vega plant-based protein powder in Chocolate flavor
  • 1 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup non-dairy milk
  • Ice
  • Tropical Twist
  • ½ cup frozen mango (instead of ice)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • Your favorite Vega plant-based protein powder in Vanilla, Natural, or Tropical flavor
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple (instead of ice)

Preparation

  • Add half the liquid called for in the recipe (water, non-dairy milk, juice, etc.)
  • Layer in a scoop of your favorite Vega protein powder, then remaining ingredients and ice.
  • Add any additional ingredients, such as cocoa powder, or cacao nibs.
  • Add ice or frozen fruit.
  • Top with remaining liquid.
  • Shake, sip, enjoy!