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My Simple Green Smoothie Recipe with Protein Powder

I don’t know what it is about green smoothies but whenever I drink them, I feel better.

Maybe it’s the flavanoids.

Maybe it’s the polyphenols.

Maybe it’s the fiber.

There’s something about those magical, mystical green plants that produces amazing results. And there’s plenty of science to back that up for you skeptics out there.

The fact is, eating and drinking more green vegetables can help with nearly every chronic health condition and disease imaginable.

Enter green smoothies … the easiest way to get your daily dose of greens, all in one (sometimes) delicious dose.

But parsley and kale juice can get old fast. Sometimes you just want your green smoothie to have a little more substance. In those cases, adding a scoop of plant-based protein powder can help your green juice or smoothie pack a more powerful punch.

Why Do You Need Protein in Your Green Smoothie?

You don’t. But here’s why I add some once in a while … because the benefits of protein are well documented in clinical studies. Protein has been shown to:

Most adults get enough protein. But older adults and those who exercise may find it hard to eat enough to maintain lean muscle mass … especially those who follow a plant-focused diet.

That’s where a good protein powder comes in.

Protein powder can complement your green juice or smoothie by helping improve the flavor and adding a boost of muscle and bone boosting (or preserving) goodness.

However …

Not All Protein Powders Are Created Equal

Many powders have added sugars, additives, and fillers. There are various side effects associated with each. Kinda defeats the whole purpose of drinking a healthy green smoothie, if you ask me.

Now, I am admittedly biased because I created my own protein powder … but Pure Food is the only plant-based protein powder with 100% plant-based, organic, real food ingredients + probiotics.

That’s why it’s the absolute best protein powder to use with those green smoothie recipes … because you’re adding real food ingredients instead of a bunch of fillers, gums, and natural flavors.

But I digress.

Let’s get to the recipe already!

Ingredients: Green Smoothie Recipe with Protein Powder

simple green smoothie ingredients

1/2 lemon

1 pear

2 large kale leaves (stems removed)

1 stalk celery

1 scoop Pure Food Vanilla Protein Powder

1 tsp. spirulina (optional … spirulina is an awesome superfood but definitely makes it more “green” tasting)

Water (depends on how thick you want it … see below for my recommendation)

**I recommend using all organic ingredients. Especially organic pears and celery, both of which show up on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of foods most contaminated with pesticides.

How to Make My Green Smoothie Recipe

  1. Wash all vegetables and rip the leaves off the kale.
  2. Toss everything in a blender or juicer, fill with water to the 24 oz. line, and blend on high.
  3. Add ice cubes to taste.

Here’s what the final product looks like:

green smoothie with protein powder recipe

protein juicer recipes

The nutrition stats are pretty solid. This recipe is bursting with vitamins and minerals!

Nutrition

Calories: 201

Carbs: 38 grams (8 grams of fiber)

Protein: 14 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Final Thoughts

You can substitute the pear for most fruits. Understand that some fruits (pineapple and mango, for example) will be on the sweeter side. I know it’s sugar from fruit, which is obviously better than added sugar … but I recommend limiting your sugar content to maintain optimal body composition.

If you like a little more sweetness, add a little organic stevia … or raw honey if you’re splurging. Just not too much, because it is sugar! 😉

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Healthy High Protein Pudding Recipe

If you’re looking for a sweet fix that’s actually good for you, you’re definitely going to want to try my chocolate protein pudding recipe.

Not only is this one of the best tasting recipes I’ve ever created with Pure Food Raw Cacao Protein Powder, it’s quite the healthy dessert.

Check out this impressive stat line:

  • 100% organic, real food ingredients
  • No dairy, gluten, corn, or soy
  • No added sugar
  • 12 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and just 5 grams of sugar (from dates) per serving

Few things to note about this protein pudding:

  1. Use a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or a food processor for best results.
  2. To lower the sugar content even more, cut back on the amount of dates you use.
  3. You can substitute figs or raisins for the dates.

Pure Food Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:


How to Make It:

  1. Put the pecans and warm water in a food processor or high-powered blender and grind for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the dates and continue to blend for another minute or so.
  3. Add the date/pecan/water mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients (reserve 1 T of hemp seeds to top the protein pudding with).
  4. Stir together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until you don’t see any more dry powder.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving (preferably overnight if you can make it that long).
  6. Top with remaining hemp seeds and enjoy.

Protein Pudding Nutrition Facts (per serving … this recipes makes about 6 servings):

  • 245 calories
  • 11 g fat
  • 25 g carbs (5 g fiber, 5 g sugar)
  • 12 g protein

Here’s the final product:

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Chocolate Chip Vegan Protein Cookies

Vegan protein cookies. When most people hear those three words, their first thought is “yuck.”

However, it is possible to create a cookie that’s free of dairy, gluten, and boatloads of sugar and still make it taste good.

These chocolate chip vegan protein cookies are proof.

Now, before we get to the recipe, let me say a few things:

  1. Any cookie recipe with protein powder and without butter, eggs, and/or milk added is going to taste a little drier than what you’re used to. That’s just part of the deal.
  2. The consistency for these cookies was kind of halfway between a cookie and cake or biscuit. So I guess you could call these “vegan protein biscuits” if you want. I think I made mine a little too thick. If you want a more cookie-like consistency, make them a bit flatter (mine were about 3/4″ thick).
  3. I used a combination of oats and gluten free flours (coconut and almond) because I have a lot of customers who can’t tolerate gluten (I, fortunately, don’t have a problem with it). You can try a whole wheat pastry flour or other whole grain flour if you’d like too.
  4. To lower the sugar content, I used dried dates (Costco sells a nice big bag for cheap) and organic dark chocolate with 85% cacao. I always recommend using 70% cacao or higher. The higher you go, the more health benefits you get.  There are several good dairy-free dark chocolate brands. I list my favorite one below. These cookies have more fiber (6 grams) and protein (6 grams) than sugar (5 grams), which is pretty impressive. You can cut down the sugar even more by using less (or no) dates and adding a little stevia.

Dark Chocolate Chip Vegan Protein Cookies Recipe 

What’s In ‘Em:

  • chocolate chip protein cookies ingredients1 scoop Pure Food Raw Cacao protein powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup organic dried dates (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 organic vegan dark chocolate chocolate bar (I used Alter Eco’s Blackout Chocolate with 85% cacao … it’s my fave)
  • Optional: pinch of organic stevia leaf powder (if you like things a little on the sweeter side … these cookies were NOT super sweet)


How to Make ‘Em:

  1. Put the dates in a food processor and pulse for about a minute. Or, just chop the dates up with a large knife and cutting board (that’s what I did).
  2. Finely chop the pecans.
  3. Chop up the dark cacao into chocolate chip-sized pieces.
  4. Stir together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until you don’t see any more dry powder and the chocolate has been distributed evenly.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread your vegan protein cookies into 2 rows of 5 (or however many you want).
  6. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes (check after 15 and see how they look … I left mine in for 20 and think it was a tad bit too long).
  7. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per cookie… this recipes makes about 10):

  • 182 calories
  • 13 g fat
  • 14 g carbs (6.5 g fiber, 5 g sugar)
  • 6 g protein

Here’s the final product:

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Simple Protein Pancakes Mix & Recipe

The problem with most pancake mixes is their nutrition labels look like this: unhealthy pancake mix

High fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, and enriched flour … no thanks.

But most pancake recipes online aren’t much better. They, too, contain various forms of sugar, enriched flour, and junk ingredients. And science shows eating these types of foods definitively leads to major issues down the road.

I created a protein pancakes mix / recipe using Pure Food Vanilla Protein that’s healthy and tasty (my toddler even loves them).

I used 7 all-natural, nutrient-dense ingredients in this recipe.

This protein pancakes mix makes a simple and healthy breakfast and will appease all carb lovers like myself without the added sugar and refined grains. I used white whole wheat flour but you can substitute a combo of almond, oat, and/or coconut flours if you want a gluten-free version.

This recipe is vegetarian/vegan too … it has no butter or milk (I used almond milk instead and coconut milk works too). One serving has 10 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

Simple Protein Pancakes Mix / Recipe 

What’s In ‘Em:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flourprotein pancakes mix ingredients
  • 1.5 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 scoop Pure Food Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 apple (sliced into thin pieces)
  • 1 T cinnamon


How to Make ‘Em:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.*
  2. Heat a medium-sized frying pan to medium heat.
  3. Add 1 T coconut oil to the pan.
  4. Add the almond/coconut milk to the dry mix and stir until it’s clump-free.
  5. Pour about half the batter into the pan (I made 3 pancakes at a time).
  6. Cook for 3-4 minutes then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the other T of coconut oil to the pan and cook the rest of the protein pancakes mix.
  8. Top with apple slices and cinnamon and enjoy!

*Pro Tip: jar up some of the pancake mix by combining only the dry ingredients and saving it for another day.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (note: this recipe made about 3 pancakes each for my wife and I plus some for my toddler.)

  • 428 calories
  • 17 g fat
  • 54 g carbs (10 g fiber, 10 g sugar)
  • 14 g protein

Here’s the final product:

pancakes with protein powder

And close-up …

healthy high protein pancake

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No Bake Chocolate Protein Balls (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

no bake protein bar

Creating this no-bake chocolate protein balls recipe (that will please both vegan and paleo palettes, by the way) stirred up some hilarious mental images of the classic SNL Schweddy Balls skit.

All jokes aside, these protein balls are made for clean eaters. They contain 100% real food ingredients, no added sugar, and are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly.

Best of all, there’s no baking required. You just mix all the ingredients together, roll the dough into balls, and refrigerate it.

My Schweddy balls (sorry, couldn’t resist) are a guilt-free dessert too. One ball will only set you back 122 calories, while delivering a healthy balance of carbs, good fats, and protein.

No Bake Chocolate Protein Balls Recipe (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

What’s In ‘Em:

  • paleo protein balls ingredients3 scoops Pure Food Raw Cacao protein powder
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic dried dates (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1.5 cups organic coconut cream + 1/4 cup water (or .5 cups organic coconut milk powder and 3/4 cup warm water)
  • 1 oz. organic dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao … here’s a good list of bars if you’re dairy free)
  • 2 T slivered almonds


How to Make ‘Em:

  1. Put the dates in a food processor and turn on for about a minute.
  2. Add pecans and pulse 8-10 times.
  3. Stir in the almond flour, protein powder, and coconut milk powder. Turn on food processor for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Use a sharp knife to chop up dark chocolate into fine shavings and combine with slivered almonds in a bowl.
  5. Roll the dough from the food processor into balls. Roll each chocolate protein ball in the bowl of slivered almonds/dark chocolate shavings.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread your protein balls into 5 rows of 3 (or however many you want).
  7. Refrigerate overnight. They’ll be ready to eat the next day. They should keep in a tupperware in the fridge for about a week.
vegan protein balls
Here’s what the batter looks like.

Nutrition Facts (per ball … this recipes makes 15 balls):

  • 122 calories
  • 9 g fat
  • 9 g carbs (2 g fiber, 5 g sugar)
  • 5 g protein

Here’s the final product:

These chocolate protein balls would be a hit at any holiday party (and gives you a funny ice-breaker starter because someone is sure to mention the Schweddy balls skit). Or just make them as a healthy snack like I did. Either way, you’ll be happy you tried this awesome recipe.

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Healthy DIY Soylent Recipes with Organic, Real Food Ingredients

Soylent runs a website with thousands of DIY recipes.

I spent over an hour searching for one with 100% real food ingredients (no gums, fillers, additives, sugars, etc.).

I couldn’t find a single one.

So naturally (pun intended), I decided to make my own.

In my Soylent review, I answered the question, “Is Soylent good for you?” (spoiler alert: the answer was no).

In this post, I’ll show you how you can create your own healthy DIY Soylent recipes.

Let’s get started …

Bonus: Download 3 Soylent DIY printable recipe cards

My 4 Criteria for “Healthy”

1. 100% organic, plant-based, real food ingredients.

2. No added sugar.

3. A balanced macronutrient profile (carbs, fat, protein). 

4. 400-500 calorie range. 

Quite the challenge to pull off, right?

Here’s how I did it … and how my DIY recipes compare to Soylent.

INGREDIENTS

soylent ingredients
Red Flag #1: when you can’t pronounce 95% of the ingredients. (click to enlarge)

For carbs, I used oat flour, maca, real fruits and fruit powders, and other high fiber, real food sources.

Soylent uses maltodextrin, a GMO corn-based thickener and other processed starches you can barely pronounce. Just look at their ingredients label, you guys: Soylent is a science experiment gone horribly wrong … not real food.

I used higher quality, healthier sources of fat like olive, coconut, and avocado oils in my recipes. Soylent uses sunflower, canola, and algal oil powder. These oils are high in Omega-6 fatty acids (the kind that promote inflammation).

For protein, Soylent uses soy protein, which has some pros and many cons. All 3 DIY recipes use Pure Food Protein. Yes, it’s (obviously) the protein I sell. Yes, I think it’s the best plant based protein powder on the market for many reasons.

But use whatever protein powder you want, especially if cost is your biggest concern (more on this below). The type of protein powder type doesn’t make or break the recipe … just watch out for the ones that use chemicals and cheap additives though.

COST

At $1.54/serving, Soylent is cheap. Like, so cheap I have no idea how they make money. So if you’re looking for a cheap meal replacement and don’t care about ingredients/nutrition, Soylent is a great deal at least!

These healthy Soylent alternative recipes are much more expensive at $3-6/meal. Couple things to note about that though:

1. I used all organic ingredients, so you can probably save a couple bucks if you don’t buy organic if cost is a concern.

2. To knock the price down even more, buy whole fruits and seeds instead of the powders I mention below (for example, in DIY Soylent recipe #1 I wanted to create a full powdered version so I used banana powder but in recipe #4 I used a whole banana, which was much cheaper).

I recommend a high-powered blender like a BlendTec or Vitamix if you go that route. This is the Vitamix I have. It’s a couple years old but saves you a few hundred dollars compared to the new models.

Although I’ve included links to ingredients that are the best deals I found on Amazon, Costco is another great place to get deals on many of this stuff (except Pure Food … we’re only available on Amazon and here on our website … for 20% cheaper if you Subscribe & Save, I might add, which decreases the cost/serving substantially).

So long story short, if you don’t have time to cook a full meal, scoop up the awesome ingredients below and try my homemade Soylent recipes.

Healthy Soylent Recipe #1

DIY soylent recipe
My meager phone photography skills don’t do it justice, but this recipe was the best tasting, in my opinion.

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 496
  • Fat: 34 grams
  • Carbs: 33 grams (7 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar)
  • Protein: 20.5 grams

Price:

$5.32/meal (496 calories)

Healthy Soylent Recipe #2

homemade soylent
This recipe has just 2 grams of sugar (plus 17 grams of fiber)!

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 522
  • Fat: 25 grams
  • Carbs: 52 grams (17 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar)
  • Protein: 25 grams

Price:

$5.28/meal (522 calories)

Healthy Soylent Recipe #3

healthy soylent alternative

 Ingredients:

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 494
  • Fat: 33 grams
  • Carbs: 30 grams (12 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar)
  • Protein: 24 grams

Price:

$5.40/meal (494 calories)

Healthy Soylent Recipe #4

homemade soylent recipe

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 506
  • Fat: 20 grams
  • Carbs: 60 grams (10 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar)
  • Protein: 26 grams

Price:

$3.13/meal (506 calories)

Final Thoughts

I think Soylent is a brilliant idea. I love the concept of a meal replacement drink that meets all your nutritional requirements. But Soylent’s ingredients and nutrition facts are garbage. Their last batch of powder actually got recalled because a bunch of people experienced vomiting and diarrhea (yikes!).

I’ll be updating this post in the coming weeks with more DIY Soylent recipes as I work on my new real food meal replacement product … join my email list if you’re interested in getting new recipe updates or getting a free sample of the new product when it’s ready. I’m experimenting with many of the ingredients you see in this post!



(This is the 2nd of a 2-part series. Read the first post for my full Soylent review.)

Healthy High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie / Brownie Hybrid Recipe

Let me start by saying I’m not known for my baking prowess. My cooking comfort zone is in savory dishes–soups, sauces, salads, and hearty entrees.

Truth is, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (this is known to happen when you stop eating added sugar). However, I do love to splurge on the occasional bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, dark chocolate, or chocolate chip cookie.

The issue with this, as you healthy eaters know, is it’s damn near impossible to find a healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe. Most of the ones I found online still had a boatload of sugar and used some type of refined flour … both no-no’s in my kitchen.

So I decided to create my own recipe for a healthy chocolate chip cookie that was low in sugar and high in protein. The final product turned out more like a cookie/brownie hybrid but it was actually pretty tasty. Here are a some things I did differently to make it healthy:

  • Used a combination of coconut flour and whole grain spelt flour (these are higher in fiber and protein)
  • Used real vanilla bean powder (a nutritional powerhouse packed full of flavor)
  • Used coconut oil instead of butter and vegetable oil (a healthier source of fat)
  • Added a couple scoops of Pure Food Protein
  • Made my own dark chocolate chips by buying a high cacao/low sugar chocolate bar (avoid Godiva and Ghiradelli … they had soy lecithin, a GMO emulsifier, last time I checked)
  • Used organic whole leaf stevia powder instead of added sugar or artificial sugar (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs … it’s the same stuff that goes into our protein powder. This is the real, healthy form of stevia because it’s the actual ground up leaves of the plant and nothing else … 99% of “stevia” is junk)

Here’s the rundown of what’s in it, how to make it, and the impressive nutrition stat line:

Healthy High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie / Brownie Recipe

What’s In It:

  • healthy chocolate chip cookie ingredients3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour (any whole grain flour will do here … try almond meal instead if you need a gluten-free recipe)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla bean powder (the real stuff is super expensive but tastes phenomenal … organic vanilla extract works too though)
  • 4 T coconut oil, divided
  • 1 cup coconut/cashew/almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 scoops Pure Food Protein
  • 1 (3.5 oz.) dark chocolate bar (the higher cacao content, the better. I recommend at least 70% cacao … I used 85%)
  • 1/4 cup pistachios (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia leaf powder (optional … I used just a tiny pinch but I don’t like things overly sweet … taste the mixture to see if it’s sweetened to your liking then add more stevia little-by-little as your heart desires)

How to Make It:

  1. Mix the egg, flours, and coconut milk together thoroughly with a whisk or mixer.
  2. Use a large chef’s knife to cut the chocolate bar into chocolate chip-sized pieces.
  3. Add the baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, protein powder, nuts, stevia, chocolate, and 2 T of the coconut oil and mix again.
  4. Coat a large baking pan or sheet with the other 2 T of coconut oil.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly across the pan.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here’s what the final product looks like (with my festive Christmas decor in the background):

Healthy High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie / Brownie Recipe

And the best part … it’s actually healthy!

Nutrition (per cookie … makes 12 total cookies):

Calories: 188

Fat: 12.5g

Carbs: 12.5g (3g fiber, 3g sugar)

Protein: 9g

 

If you have a good healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe … or another healthy dessert you think might be good with some Pure Food Protein powder, send me your recipe and I’ll do some experimenting!

Scott@purefoodcompany.com

P.S. Fashion Santa loves Pure Food.

healthy cookie recipe for santa