I love a good protein smoothie. It’s the perfect way to start your day with an on-the-go breakfast or fuel through your afternoon as a post-workout recovery shake. I call this The Incredible Mulk. Why? Because it’s lean, it’s green and it’s bursting with superfood power.
(Also because I couldn’t think of another iconic green TV character besides the Hulk to pair with matcha and mulberries. Besides maybe the Grinch or Kermit the Frog. But what would that be, The Minch? The Murmit? I’ll get back to you on this one.)
Anyway, let’s take a look at the superfood ingredients at play that make this protein smoothie such a powerhouse of nutrients.
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Superfood (Hero) Ingredients
I love keeping these (and quite a few more) superfood ingredients on hand in my pantry. They’re great additions to smoothies, protein shakes, nana ice cream and smoothie bowls. A keep a number of them stored in jars in my cabinets or panty and toss them into a variety meals and recipes throughout the week.
Matcha green tea powder is a rich source of antioxidants. It can help support protect heart and liver function, boosts brain with a dose of caffeine and can even aid in weight loss. It’s great on its own as a hot or cold tea as well as mixed into coffee, protein shakes and smoothies.
Mulberries are a rich source of nutrients. Not only are they tasty, they provide a boost of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K1, iron, potassium and fiber. They’re great in protein shakes and smoothies and as toppings for loaded toast, yogurt and smoothies bowls.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They can be used in smoothies and smoothies bowls, as a topping on yogurts and parfaits and for making chia pudding. A little goes a long way and they store very well in your pantry for long periods of time.
Wheat germ is a whole grain source of plant protein, minerals, healthy fats, vitamin E and fiber. Add it in smoothies and smoothie bowls, or as a topping for loaded avocado toast, eggs and other baked goods and savory dishes. Like the chia seeds, a little goes a long way and a bag of this stuff should last you for quite some time.
When you combine all of those superfoods with a high-quality protein powder and the plant-based vitamins and minerals in fresh spinach and bananas… You’re ready for one massive boost of nutrients in this quick and easy one-cup meal. It’s also dairy-free and easily gluten-free and vegan adaptable (see ingredients substitutions below).
The Incredible Mulk Power Smoothie
- 1 Scoop SFH vanilla protein
- 1 Cup fresh spinach
- 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons wheat germ
- 1/2 Tablespoon matcha powder
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 Tablespoon dried white mulberries
- 1 Cup water
- Ice to blend as needed (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and creamy. If you like a slightly thicker consistency to your smoothie (or forgot to freeze your banana), you can add some additional ice as needed to add some extra density.
(Bonus fruit freezing tip: let your bananas ripen in a brown paper bag on your kitchen counter until they are nice and brown. The riper the banana, the richer the flavor. Then peel your ripe bananas, pop them into a ziplock bag and freeze for later use. You can throw them into smoothies or later thaw them for baking banana bread and muffins.)
- You can swap the wheat germ for ground flax seed for a gluten-free superfood substitute.
- Any protein powder will work, including plant-based vegan proteins.
- When making substitutions, just keep in mind that your macro count may slightly vary from this specific recipe. If you’re counting macros, just make sure to adjust the recipe macros in a macro calculator based on the ingredients you use.
- Calories: 399
- Carbs: 56g
- Fat: 5g
- Protein: 34g
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