The combination of the antioxidant-rich California prunes, strawberries and blackberries pack a fiber-punch while making this smoothie delightfully sweet and refreshing. The California prunes are a sweet, convenient way to include polyphenols, antioxidants in the diet that can help protect the body against heart, eye, memory, and immune system issues. Plus, research suggests eating 5-6 prunes a day may support healthy bones! The unexpected superstar weight loss ingredient is the protein-packed pea protein, as like all pulses, can aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted and it was also found to be more effective than whey protein at fighting against hunger.
Super Berry Protein & Antioxidant Smoothie
Servings: 1 serving = 16 ounces
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/2 frozen banana
• 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
• 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
• 2 California prunes
• 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)
1. Blend ingredients and enjoy!
Nutrition facts per 16 ounce smoothie:
256 Calories, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 23 g protein, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber
Here’s why pea protein rocks—and why it’s so great in your smoothie!
• It contains both fiber & protein: If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that the magical combination for weight loss is a meal that contains both protein and fiber, to keep you satisfied, your energy on an even keel and keep your blood sugar level stable.
o Power to Pulses! Not many foods contain both protein and fiber, and peas, like all pulses (the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas) contain this weight loss friendly combo!
• Pssst….fun fact: In 2016 Pulses were named International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.
• Research show that pulses (like pea protein), aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted. Check out this 2016 study1, that found that it was just 3/4 cup of pulses per day that worked!
As you happily sip this Pea Protein Weight Loss smoothie, sip on this…
o A study published in Nutrition Journal found that pea protein was more effective at starving off hunger than whey protein; improved satiety can potentially lead to weight loss.
1 Kim SJ, de Souza RJ, Choo VL et al. Effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27030531
- • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- • ½ frozen banana
- • ⅓ cup frozen strawberries
- • ¼ cup frozen blackberries
- • 2 California prunes
- • 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)
- Blend ingredients and enjoy!
photo courtesy of pulses.org