I read an article last week talking about different heavy metals found in protein powders so I’ve decided to finish off my jug of powder and then use beans as my protein in smoothies. To be honest the protein powder I was using made me kind of bloated and gassy. I experimented with beans one day and really liked it and wanted to share this particular creation with you.
Banana’s, dates, and Great Northern White Beans are all really great sources of potassium. As a woman, I need 4700 mg per day. That is a lot and I”m constantly on the hunt for good sources. I’m also always looking for sources of Vitamin C and I didn’t realize until just the other day that raspberries are a good source. So I put those in the recipe as optional in this smoothie.
As a vegan, I am also watching ways to incorporate good healthy protein sources based on eating whole food plant-based sources. I have my concerns about controversial tofu. Some say soy is okay, others say it’s not. I lean towards the safe side and avoid it as much as I can.
1 cup of Great Northern White Beans has 14 grams of protein and 208 calories. I like them over other beans in my smoothie as they seem to have the least amount of influence on the flavor of my smoothie.
You can really use any nut milk that you prefer. I like to switch things up between almond milk, coconut water, and tap water. For this recipe, I prefer it with vanilla almond milk.
1 cup of Almond Milk
1 large Banana
2 Medjool Dates soaked for an hour in water. You can use more if you want it sweeter.
1 cup of Great Northern Beans
Water or more milk to make it the consistency that you like.
1/2 cup Raspberries for a boost of Vitamin C
Blend really well in a high-speed blender. I use a Vitamix that I got at an Estate Sale for $65.00. Was quite the deal and I use it every day.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do. I really like the banana and dates with the almond milk. Have fun with it and switch it up. Cheers!