When I met Nick Reese in Austin at SXSW a few weeks ago, I was pretty pumped about that. Nick is a guy I’ve learned a lot from and look up to for the way he ignores the supposed “limits” and is committed to standing out from the crowd.
So when he told me that his girlfriend, Heather, was starting a new video site about blending and juicing and wanted to make a custom smoothie for No Meat Athlete, I was even more excited.
But I had a lot of requests…
Perhaps I got a bit carried away with the instructions — when Heather asked what type of smoothie would work best, I mentioned that it should be vegan. Oh, and that it should have 4-to-1 carb-to-protien ratio, so we could drink it post workout. And, oh yeah, if you wouldn’t mind, could you use hemp protein too, since I’m not a big fan of soy or rice protein?
Someone with less patience might have told me to f-off, you psycho granola-crunchie. But Heather didn’t complain a bit. Instead, she did me one better and threw in some coconut manna and greens powder, two other favorite smoothie ingredients of mine.
Here’s the video Heather put together for us, and the pre/post-workout smoothie she came up with!
Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
Here are those ingredients again:
- 1 banana
- 2 handfuls of strawberries
- 4 tablespoons chocolate hemp protein powder
- 1/2 cup oatmeal powder
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut manna
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 scoop greens powder
- agave nectar, to taste
If you can’t find chocolate hemp powder, you can just throw in some cacao nibs or carob chips. I do that all the time. And notice Heather’s smoothie perfectly fits my smoothie formula, so you can create lots of variations on it.
Check out Blend Happy for lots more smoothie and juice recipes. Heather wants to make it the most entertaining resource on the web for juice and smoothies. She does reviews too, so if you’re having trouble deciding between, say, a Blendtec (what I use) and a Vitamix (what Heather uses in the video), BlendHappy can help you with that. (See her Vitamix review, for example.)
Big thanks to Nick and Heather for doing this.
Alrighty, I’m out. I’ve got a 10-miler planned for this weekend, before Boston in 10 days! How about you?
Vegan Supplements: Which Ones Do You Need?
Written by Matt Frazier
I’m here with a message that, without a doubt, isn’t going to make me the most popular guy at the vegan potluck.
But it’s one I believe is absolutely critical to the long term health of our movement, and that’s why I’m committed to sharing it. Here goes…
Vegans need more than just B12.
Sure, Vitamin B12 might be the only supplement required by vegans in order to survive. But if you’re anything like me, you’re interested in much more than survival — you want to thrive.
So what else do vegans need?