Building a Better Smoothie, One Ingredient at a Time

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vega and Silk. All opinions are my own.

With the onset of fall, most people’s attention is shifting to new routines, back to school, back to work, sports and making sure that to-do list doesn’t get out of control. We are no exception in our house. This fall, we are navigating a grade 1-er, a preschooler, a 2-year old, swim lessons, skating lessons and at some point in the day…sleep.

I’m a huge smoothie fan because most often, I don’t have time for a decent sit down breakfast but am not willing to sacrifice a good full tummy either. Smoothies, for me, are fast, easy and can give you a real nutritional bang, while being enjoyed on the go. Heck, they can even be prepped in advance to give you an extra 5 minutes of sleep in the morning (heck ya!)!

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I’ve been a long-time Vega user and the only milk I use is Silk unsweetened almond milk. So the opportunity to share one of my favorite easy smoothie recipes using both is about as awesome as being hired to be a professional coffee drinker (aim high, friends).

One common misconception with smoothies is that they have to be complicated and have a dozen or more things thrown into the mix. That can be good but I’m more of a fan of the K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid) approach. For me, the key is picking your ingredients carefully to get the biggest bang without making it complicated.

Thankfully, Vega and Silk agree with me (high five’s and hugs all around!). Both products pack that nutrition punch already so all you need is a bit of filler and your smoothie is all killer.

About Silk True Almond (unsweetened):

30 calories per serving

Absolutely no added sugar

As much calcium as dairy milk

Excellent source of Vitamin D

Absolutely no cholesterol

Low saturated fat

Free of dairy, soy, lactose, casein, gluten, egg and msg

Non-GMO project verified

No artificial colours, flavors of any funky business

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About VegaOne:

All-in-one shake to help meet your daily nutritional needs

20g of plant-based protein

160 calories per serving

Vibrant greens blend

Vitamins and Minerals from real plant-based ingredients

25% recommended daily limit of fiber

Omega 3’s ALA, antioxidants, 1 billion CFU probiotics

No added sugar, dairy or soy ingredients

Non-GMO project verified

Gluten-Free

So other than throwing the two together in a shaker cup (which is about as fast and easy as breakfast gets) and running out the door, what are some of the other ways you can use these? In a world currently obsessed with pumpkin spice everything, I’m going to go against the grain and offer up one of my favorite, year-round smoothie recipes. It’s creamy and rich and hits the spot, even on a chilly fall morning. Enjoy!

 

Mango Coconut Smoothie

1 cup Coconut milk (full fat)

1.5 cups frozen Mango Chunks (if using fresh, add 1/2 cup ice to help thicken)

1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk (can also use their coconut milk to make it extra coconutty)

1 scoop VegaOne French Vanilla powder

1 handful Spinach

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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Need a bit more inspiration? Here are a few other ideas to keep your smoothie game fresh:

Sneaky Green Smoothie

Banana Latte Coffee Smoothie

Funky Monkey Smoothie

HAPPY BLENDING EVERYONE!

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