Coconut Almond Green Protein Smoothie. Vegan. GF.

Coconut Almond Green Smoothie.  Vegan.
Coconut Almond Green Protein Smoothie. Vegan | Knead to Cook.

Yesterday I got the best delivery from one of my favorite companies (and people ever) – Vega One!  And as soon as I saw this awesome new flavor, coconut almond, I knew it was going to make its way into my recovery run shake this morning.  I couldn’t wait to get home and try it!

Today, one child woke up with a sour stomach and the other got an early dismissal with the pending snow that was going to arrive this afternoon along with swim practice being cancelled.  The snow arrived and its coming down at a nice pace. Expected to get 2-3 inches of winter fun.  So a big pot of soup is simmering on the stove (mandatory on a snow day) and I’m sitting here blogging, plotting and doing a bit of laundry.  How about you?

Well, I better move on to this smoothie recipe because this is a food blog after all. Super easy.  Insanely tasty.  I love green smoothies!  Being a vegan or not – it’s a fantastic way to get protein in your diet.  Plus Vega One’s new formulation is bionic.  It’s packed with more protein, more greens and made from real whole food!  Plus non-GMO and totally vegan. This is NOT a sponsored post, btw.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 cup of almond milk (I used toasted coconut unsweetened milk) – cashew, coconut or whatever you use
I scoop of Vega One coconut almond flavored nutritional shake powder
8-10 raw almonds (I soak mine but regular are fine)
1 handful of baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon of Justin’s maple almond butter
1 teaspoon of raw cacao nibs
1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder
1 banana, ripe or frozen – peeled
6 ice cubes
1 tablespoon of coconut flakes plus more for garnishing

Directions:

Place all ingredients, liquid first, into your Vitamix or high powered blender.  Blend until creamy and smooth.  Pour into a big glass and top with a bit of coconut.  Guzzle! Smile.

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You never know what your day will throw at you. I was blessed yesterday with an awesome, inspiring conversation with running phenom runemz.  I felt truly blessed which energized my run today and centered my focus, which I desperately needed.  I love people who are so inspirational.

So onto my update for this week, thus far is as follows:

Sunday:  14 miles
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 5 miles treadmill, progressive run and then weights, balance and core.
Wednesday: 8 miles. Outdoors, freezing on icy roads again.   Still working on distance over speed.

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Wearing:  Procompression socks, Athleta pants, Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and Garmin 620 watch.  

Stay safe and warm!
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— Knead to Cook

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