Sweet + Healthy Vanilla Smoothie

vanilla smoothie in jar
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I don't know about you, but while I was in college smoothies pretty much became a staple in my diet. Mainly because I was lazy about cooking and they're crazy convenient. I would even attach the blender blade straight to a mason jar so I would have one less thing to wash.

Ridiculous? Yes. Smart? Also yes.

I made so many smoothies that I got to the point where I never even measured anything. I just tossed in some fruit, ice, almond milk, maybe some greens and chia seeds if I was trying to turn a smoothie into a quick "meal."

This vanilla smoothie would be something I'd make post-run or if I was craving a smoothie but didn't want anything that was heavy or extra fruity.

Here's the recipe (and I actually measured things for once so I could write this as accurately as possible):

1 cup cashew/almond/coconut milk (I normally use cashew or coconut now)
1 frozen banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 pitted medjool dates (I hate dates so I promise you don't taste them)
cinnamon
handful of ice
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional!)

It's possibly the most simple smoothie recipe ever and it tastes so good. I'm not going to tell you it's like a vanilla milkshake, because that's a lie. But it's a pretty close healthy alternative. It's also really nice and refreshing after running outside in the Florida sun.

The only time I usually add protein powder to this is if I'm having a larger serving of it in place of eating a snack or if I'm having it as a post-workout smoothie.

If you want to do that, here are some of my favorite protein powders that mix in with it really well:
*Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Vanilla Ice Cream
*PEScience Select Protein Premium Blend, Gourmet Vanilla

And for all my people who are vegan or sensitive to dairy, here are my favorite vegan protein powders (trust me on these – I promise they actually taste good and aren't gross like most plant protein powders):
*Sunwarrior - Warrior Blend, Raw, Plant-Based Protein, Vanilla
*Garden of Life Organic Vegan Protein Powder with Vitamins and Probiotics - Raw Protein Shake, Sugar Free, Vanilla

+ for more juice and smoothie recipes go here, here, and here.

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