This Vanilla Chai Green Smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies using the homemade Brazil nut milk I posted last week. The Vega Vanilla Chai all-in-one protein powder is so delicious you don't have to add much to get it to taste amazing.
After trying almost every protein powder on the market, I still the Vega products are some of the best on offer, and they're constantly improving the flavor, texture, and nutritional profile.
While I maintain that eating whole foods is the best way to get your nutrients, powdered supplements like the Vega products are wonderful to ensure you get your quota of macro and micro nutrients. Just 1 scoop of the vanilla chai powder gives you 50% of the daily intake of vitamins and minerals; 15g of plant-based protein (pea protein, sacha inchi protein, hemp seed protein, sprouted whole grain brown rice protein); 6g of fiber (mainly from flax, inulin, and pea); 1.5g 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.
One sip of this vanilla chai blend and you'll be hooked as well. I used my 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're not a fan of bananas, or want to reduce the sugar content, thicken this with raw coconut meat, and add some additional stevia or pitted dates.
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.