Easy No Banana Green Smoothie (protein powder-free, vegan, whole30)
A creamy, tangy, no-banana green smoothie recipe perfect to perk up your system. This easy green smoothie is protein powder-free and contains only real food ingredients. Thus, it's vegan and whole30 as well. Start your day off with this vegan smoothie recipe or use it as an afternoon pick me up. Regardless, it'll leave you feeling refreshed and fueled.
Keep it clean keep it green! Okay, so totally corny haha. But, green smoothies are a definitely staple in our house and I wouldn't have it any other day. I find smoothies an crazy simple way to boost nutrients while running around like a busy mom. So, learning how to build a healthy smoothie was one of the best things I've worked at.
And this no banana green smoothie is always a hit. Very simple to whip up, just the right amount of sweetness, and completely plant-based. It's a vegan smoothie I use when I need some energy or a pick me up.
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Why Is No Banana Important?
Honestly, it's not! The truth is, so many green smoothies rely on banana to make them taste delicious and keep the texture creamy. And while I do enjoy bananas, they're not a diet staple to me.
Moreover, I think it's important to rotate out your fruits and reap the benefits of other food items.
So, in a world filled with banana green smoothies, it's nice to have a different option 😉
The No Banana Green Smoothie Is Protein-Powder Free
This may come as a huge shock because while I totally believe that everyone should be hitting their protein goals (not just for muscle growth but metabolism, enzyme production, immune system boost etc), I don't think you need protein powder in everything.
Thus, this green smoothie is protein powder-free. That said, it does contain hemp hearts which will give you a minor hit in plant-based protein. So you're not completely missing out.
However, said if you really want to boost the protein of the smoothie recipe (say if you’re using it post-workout or as a breakfast smoothie) you can definitely add a scoop of your favorite clean protein powder. Know that the protein powder you choose will alter the flavor and consistency of the smoothie (as well cancel out the fact of whole30).
Finally, you have one more option: collagen powder. Collagen is a beneficial part of bone broth and wonderful for your hair, skin, and nails. Learn more about collagen and why you may want to boost your intake. However, unlike bone broth, it doesn’t taste like well, bone broth.
Similarly, collagen powder is odorless and flavorless. Plus, if ethically sourced one of the purest forms of protein you can give to your kids! I grab my collagen from Perfect Supplements and while I love their big tub of powder, I love the individual packets even more!
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Should I Be Worried About Oxalates?
There's a lot of hype going around about lox oxalate diets, their benefits, and why you should eliminate raw greens from your diet. You can learn more about the diet here.
Personally, I think that everyone is different so it depends on your health, your goals, and what works for your body. As I mentioned, I am a firm believer in rotating through different fruits and veggies.
Keeping in mind that you're other option is to use cooked greens instead of raw. Cooking them removes the build-up of oxalates.
Regardless, do what you feel best for you. I have a green smoothie probably 1-2 times per week personally.
Topping The Smoothie
My favorite part about any smoothie is the toppings! it turns out I don't fully like to drink my calories and topping my smoothies with extra crunch makes them seem super indulgent.
Below are a few of my favorite toppings. However, know that what you choose will affect if the smoothie is vegan or whole30 approved.
- homemade crunchy granola
- all and any nuts
- nut butter
- toasted large flake coconut
- pumpkin seeds
- 2-minute coconut whip cream
Nutrient-Dense Smoothie Recipes
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- They are healthy and simple to make
- All the recipes are dairy-free and gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients and not fillers
- They’re loaded with extras in the form of superfoods
My girls and I have a smoothie every day. Mainly, because it makes is simple to load up on healthy fuel while running out the door!
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- dried fig
- hemp hearts
- vanilla extract
- almond milk
- Ice & water as needed
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Protein Powder-Free Green Smoothie
If you're looking to increase your greens- and your health!- then blend up a batch of this delicious, no banana green smoothie! Full of healthy nutrients and tasty fruits this smoothie is a little slice of health all on its own!