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A Raspberry Smoothie with Surprising Protein Power

Posted by cleanteam

raspberrysmoothie.jpgAll too often high-protein meals equate to dry, skinless chicken breast or chalky protein shakes. Whether your goal is to build muscle or to simply add more protein to your diet, this vegan shake is a tasty alternative. Our Daily Shake is delicious enough to have alone with almond milk, but the combination of bright lemon zest, creamy vanilla, and flavorful raspberries will have you thinking you're eating dessert.

WHY WE PREFER VEGAN MILK OPTIONS

While we often hear of lactose intolerance in adults, milk allergies are also common (and it is the most common allergen for infants, children, and young adults). An allergy is an overreactive of the immune system to a specific protein which can have severe consequences. Intolerances, on the other hand, don't affect the immune system but cause challenges in digestion. Those who are lactose intolerant are often lacking an enzyme called lactase, which can cause discomfort like cramping and bloating

Since both intolerances and allergies to dairy are relatively common, we remove it during the 21-Day Cleanse. Many individuals find they simply feel better eating dairy-free after the Cleanse. Clearer skin, a flatter stomach, and better digestion are just a few of the benefits you might experience. Whether you are going dairy-free for good or just trying to consume less milk, you won't miss it in this creamy smoothie.

RASPBERRY SEASON

We often promote eating seasonally for better flavor and nutrient density. Raspberries are at their peak in summer, and you'll noticed a dramatic shift in the flavor - they are perfectly sweet, juicy, and slightly addictive. They are extremely dense in antioxidants and promote heart health. We didn't need to add any sweetener to this smoothie because of that!

VEGAN DOESN'T MEAN LOW-PROTEIN

We often turn to animal products for protein. Here at Clean, we love good quality animal protein but recognize the benefits to diversifying our diets and eating largely plant-based. Our Daily Shake protein is the prefect creamy addition to this smoothie and adds a boost of nutrients to keep you satisified for longer. Cashews and hemp seeds are another excellent source of healthy fats and protein, adding 10 grams of protein to this shake. This is a high-protein meal (totaling 22 grams of protein) that will keep you going strong for hours and help you repair and build muscle post-workout

Ingredients

1.5 cups raspberries
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops Clean Vanilla Daily Shake (or Cleanse Shake Packet)
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lemon zest from one lemon
1 cup ice
Optional: 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (adds 5 grams of protein to your smoothie)
 
Directions
 
Rinse raspberries and zest lemon.
 
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Add all ingredients (except hemp seeds) to blender. 
 
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Blend until creamy and smooth. 
 
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If using hemp seeds, sprinkle over the top of the smoothie and serve.
 

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Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble

 

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Topics: smoothies, Clean Eats

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