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6 Vegan Bloggers Share Their Secrets to Making a Deliciously Smooth Protein Shake

This article is sponsored by Naturade.

When you’re vegan, it’s sometimes assumed that you have a hard time getting your protein in since you can’t eat meat products. But protein shakes and smoothies with protein ingredients are a great way to get the nutrients you need.

Vegan and want some ideas? Thinking of going vegan and want to know what your options are? We sought the help of six vegan bloggers and influencers to find out their secrets for making the best protein shakes and smoothies.

Once you’re ready to put these tips and tricks to the test, we’ve got two tasty recipes you can try using Naturade’s VeganSmart Organic All-in-One Nutritional Shake protein powders. Two scoops provide 20 grams of plant protein, whole foods, fiber, prebiotics, vitamins and minerals with only 140 calories!

6 Protein Shake Secrets You Should Know

A Quality Blender Is Key

Pinelopi Kyriazi of Maninio.com drinks a protein shake every two days for breakfast, as well as after she exercises. And when she’s not drinking protein shakes, she’s getting her protein intake from green vegetables (like spinach and kale), nuts, tofu and sprouts. She also incorporates those leafy greens in her shakes, plus adds plant-based milk (almond and oat milk are her favorites) and various fruits. You can even include nuts, she says, but you’ll need to use a quality blender to get a creamy consistency once it’s all mixed together. “I use a Vitamix blender and blend my shake with ice,” she says.

Use a Plant-Based Milk

When Areina Plowden, a vegan chef and vlogger known as The Vegan Foode, has the occasional protein shake (she makes sure to get enough protein through various recipes), she always adds in plenty of fruits and vegetables. She favors strawberries, pineapple, apples and kale—fresh and organic only. Don’t want that grit that sometimes happens, even if you use a blender? The Vegan Foode suggests adding almond or hemp milk when you blend. (She loves her Hamilton Beach blender.)

Don’t Forget to Add Ice

Holly Gray of ThisWifeCooks.com drinks protein shakes on occasion while getting the bulk of her protein intake through a wide variety of vegetables, grains, beans, fruits, nuts, other high-protein foods like tempeh, tofu and seitan, and plant-based milks. If you’re new to drinking protein shakes as a meal supplement, Gray suggests beginning with a higher ration of fruits, then slowly incorporating more greens. “The bitter taste of some greens can initially be a little off-putting, so it’s better to give your palate time to adjust,” she says. When Gray does make a shake or smoothie, she uses a high-powered KitchenAid blender and always adds ice. As far as adding “milk” goes, she prefers almond milk, but suggests also considering water or juice.

Blend Until Smooth

Alejandra of PiloncilloyVainilla.com and BrownSugarandVanilla.com drinks a protein shake every other day. She adds protein powder, nuts, fruits, vegetables and seeds. “I like to add the liquid first, then a bunch of greens, then a fruit, avocado or other vegetables, then the protein powder or boosters,” she says. She blends it for a long time to get to her desired smooth texture using her trusty Vitamix blender. Alejandra prefers almond milk and cashew milk over other options and uses tons of berries, bananas and avocado. “[They] taste delicious with chocolate-flavored protein,” she continues. A secret ingredient she also incorporates that not many use is cauliflower! She’ll also occasionally add vanilla extract.

Strain to Avoid Clump and Grit

While Kelly Allen of OurTransitionalLife.com gets her usual protein intake from ingredients like quinoa, soya protein and powder, when she does make a protein shake, she adds pea protein, spinach and even a dash of maple syrup. Sound delicious? She also filters or sieves the drink to avoid clump and grit. Her blender of choice is the Kenwood Smoothie Maker, but she doesn’t use any ice. Her shakes typically consist of oat milk, frozen berries and bananas, spinach and protein powder.

Switch Things Up with a Smoothie Bowl

Lauren Yakiwchuk of JustinPlusLauren.com mostly gets her protein from whole foods like tofu, tempeh, seitan and wheat, but does tend to make fruit smoothies and smoothie bowls made out of frozen bananas almost every day. “Sometimes I’ll add [powdered peanut butter], as it’s higher in protein and low in fat and calories,” she says. She believes the perfect shake consists of two frozen bananas, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and either frozen strawberries or frozen pineapple. It’s simple to make and delicious, she adds. “I also make it as a smoothie bowl, topped with more banana, shredded coconut, chia seeds, goji berries, and buckwheat groats,” she explains. Her blender of choice is the Magic Bullet for quick shake creations using protein powders and water.

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 scoops VeganSmart Chocolate Fudge
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ginger
  • Chia seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Very Berry Morning Smoothie Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 scoops VeganSmart Vanilla Creme
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 ½ cups mixed frozen berries

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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