VEGA Banana Vanilla Chai Green Protein

Green Smoothies Smoothies, Shakes & Drinks Breakfast Recipes
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As promised, in honour of our Vega Giveaway, here is my one of my favourite Vega Protein Green Smoothies using Brazil Nut Milk. This Banana Vanilla Chai Green Smoothie is so delicious it tastes like a decadent dessert in a glass. WOW! I think the Vanilla Chai Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake might be my all-time favourite Vega flavour. YUMMO! 

It is so delicious, you don't need to add much in order to create smoothie magic! I really love the Vega protein powders. After trying almost every protein powder on the market, I still think they're the best vegan products in the world. So many other formulas have a gritty texture and weird after-taste. The Vega blends are perfectly balanced. I was never a fan of protein powders, but Brendan Brazier changed my mind. I am now hooked.

Dried blends never replace the value of live raw foods. But, they serve as fantastic nutritional supplements. Just 1 scoop of the Vega all-in-one nutritional shake and you get 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals; 15 g of plant-based protein (pea protein, saviseed (sacha inchi) protein, hemp seed protein, sprouted whole grain brown rice protein); 6 g of fibre (primarily sourced from flax, inulin (fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS)), and pea); 1.5 g plant-based omega-3 from white chia, whole flax seed and hemp; powerful antioxidants from maqui, goji, açaí berries, pomegranate seeds, mangosteen, and grape seed extract; probiotics and digestive enzymes; greens from chlorella (cracked cell, high CGF), alfalfa grass, spinach leaf, broccoli, and kale; and maca powder which is rich in amino acids, alkaloids, sterols, vitamins and minerals to help you balance, invigorate, energize and maintain good health. It also tastes AMAZING.

Vega One is made with whole plant-based foods, and is gluten free, dairy free, and soy free, and contains no added sugar, artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. Available in Berry, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai and Natural flavour. You can shake it up with water, juice or any beverage of your choice. But, my favourite way is to place a scoop in my smoothies with some raw leafy greens and my favourite homemade nut milks. This addition makes a protein-rich, nutrient-dense smoothie in minutes!

One sip of this Banana Vanilla Chai Blend and you will be hooked as well. I used homemade Brazil nut milk for the extra selenium boost. But, you could use any plant-based milk you like. Homemade almond milk or macadamia milk is delicious in this blend. If you are not a fan of bananas, you can thicken this smoothie with raw coconut meat, avocado, a handful of raw cashews or macadamias, and then sweeten with some pitted dates or sweetener of your choice like maple syrup, coconut sugar, raw agave etc. Either way, this protein smoothie is BLENDSATIONAL - a stunner, a winner, and not to be missed.  

*Note: I did not receive payment to write this post. However, I did receive product and giveaway items.

VEGA Banana Vanilla Chai Green Protein

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  • 2 cups unsweetened Brazil Nut milk or other plant-based milk
  • 1 cup of raw spinach or kale (more if desired)
  • 1 full scoop Vega One Vanilla Chai all-in-one nutritional shake
  • 1 or 2 fresh or frozen bananas (*see note below for alternatives)
  • 1 cup ice or more (if using fresh bananas)
  1. Place all ingredients in your Vitamix, and blend on high until rich and creamy.
  2. Tweak flavours to taste, and devour.
  3. Makes two 16-ounce glasses.
  4. *If you are not a fan of bananas, you can thicken this smoothie with a bit of raw coconut meat, avocado, or a handful of raw cashews or macadamias, and then sweeten with some pitted dates or a few tablespoons of another sweetener of your choice like maple syrup, coconut sugar, raw agave etc.

Tip: freeze those ripe bananas for yummies later

To ensure you always have a stash of frozen ripe bananas for your smoothies, muffins and breads, never throw away ripe bananas. Just keep freezing them whole in their skins in a ziplock bag. The riper they are (not soft and mushy) the sweeter they are - meaning you will need little or no sweetener! You can keep adding to the bag. Then when you need them, take the desired amount out of the bag and then rinse and cut for delectable frozen treats. I buy a bunch of bananas every week that I let ripen on the bench top and then freeze for use later. Bananayumma!

I’m assuming banana for sweetness, but I never like the taste they lend. Would dates work instead?

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Hey Alissabeth, thankyou for bringing this up. I was so tired when I wrote this post that I forgot to mention alternatives to bananas. I just amended for you. *If you are not a fan of bananas, you can thicken this smoothie with a bit of raw coconut meat, avocado, or a handful of raw cashews or macadamias, and then sweeten with some pitted dates or a few tablespoons of another sweetener of your choice like maple syrup, coconut sugar, raw agave etc. Enjoy :)

Hi, I was wondering, are the vanilla flavors in the Vega Vanilla Chai okay for people on an anti-candida diet? I’m new to the diet and am just getting into researching recipes so any info you can give me I’d appreciate. Thank you =)

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Jenilyn, I suffer from candida and don’t have a problem with the vanilla in this blend. Having said that, I am pretty sure it is not alcohol-free. So, if you are on stage one of Body Ecology, or being really strict, I would give it a miss just to be sure. It certainly has only stevia to sweeten it. I hope this helps.

That looks great! Are the VEGA products gluten free? Thanks!

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Lindsay @ eathopefull.com - Feb 14, 2013 at 05:24am #

YES! I drink them daily for breakfast (although wondering if I should stop)

Hey Lindsay, this is not really low calorie smoothie, and contains up to two bananas which have a high natural sugar content. I don’t recommend drinking any one smoothie every single day. We need to mix things up and get nutritional diversity in our diets. I blend different leafy greens and veggies every day for this reason. I prefer a more alkaline shake to get a great start in the morning for breakfast. But, this sure is FABULOUS for a treat!

Yes, this smoothie ROCKS! Yes, the Vega products are all gluten free. I am GF, and everything I post on this site is Gluten Free.

I’ve been drinking this smoothie every morning for breakfast: Vega chai, half a frozen banana, unsweetened almond milk and a scoop of PB2. It might be in my head but I think I’ve been gaining weight. Any thoughts on drinking daily?

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Hey Lindsay, this is not really low calorie smoothie, and contains up to two bananas which have a high natural sugar content. I don’t recommend drinking any one smoothie every single day. We need to mix things up and get nutritional diversity in our diets. I blend different leafy greens and veggies every day for this reason. I also don’t consume Vega protein powder every day. Have you looked at food combining. Check out the link under the How To section of my Resources tab. That changed my life! It has worked extremely well for so many of my readers watching their weight. I hope this helps.

Thanks for sharing this up! I will try mango instead of banana, do you think It will make good blend? :-) and add the avocado that you recommended for the potassium we need.

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I think that would be an AMAZING blend. I LOVE mango chai. If it isn’t quite right, add in a tiny bit of banana or dates. Enjoy :)

This looks great. While I’m a huge fan of the Vega products, I’ve had a bit of trouble finding a way to make them taste great in my smoothies. This recipe looks like it might be a winner. I will try this recipe this week. Thanks for sharing!

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Yes, this recipe is DELICIOUS!

Just wondering is this ok to drink while pregnant.. 3rd trimester..

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Hi Ange, here’s a great FAQ you can check out. You can also email Vega directly here- .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Thanks!

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