Thursday, September 18, 2014

Super Soy Smoothie

Super Soy Smoothie
As someone who works out frequently, I know how important it is to get adequate protein into my diet.  But since I don't like to consume a lot of animal products, finding enough good quality sources can sometimes be tricky. This super simple smoothie recipe is an answer to that problem.  I know that when people hear the word "tofu" they get all scared thinking of the tasteless blobs of white gunk that are a very poor substitute for meat in most dishes.  But in this recipe, the tofu serves as the creamy base for a sweet, chocolaty after workout drink and if you didn't know that there was tofu in it I guarantee you would not figure it out.  Depending on how thick you want your shake, you can use different textures of organic tofu, ranging from silken (thin) to firm (makes more of a pudding like consistency).  The firmer the tofu, the more protein, but I have tried it with all different types and would recommend them all.  I have also blended it with frozen berries, homemade Chocolate Walnut Butter, homemade Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter and Homemade Nutella, but regular peanut butter or almond butter work well also.  If the nut butter is not sweetened, you may want to add in a spoonful of maple syrup, depending on how sweet you like your smoothies to be.  Honestly, the combinations are endless.  And using raw organic whole tofu is undeniably a lot better for you than any protein powder you can find in a store, and it tastes a whole lot better as well.  (Even my meat loving husband and son like these!)

Super Soy Smoothie
ingredients, ready to mix

1/2 package of organic tofu (any texture)
1 small banana
2 T. almond butter (or peanut butter)
1 tsp. dark cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
organic soy milk*
maple syrup, if desired

* you can also add in coffee or any other milk that you prefer.

Place the tofu, banana, almond butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon into the mini blender.  Fill to the top with soy milk and maple syrup, or other desired liquid.  Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator.

ready to blend

top view

ready to drink!

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