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Vega Protein & Greens Review

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Happy springtime, everyone! I hope that your year is going beautifully, and that you are all healthy and happy today.

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My newest most favorite protein powders are the Vega Protein & Greens line. I love all 3 of the flavors that are offered at my local big box store, and I love the price too. I can only get it in the smaller containers locally, but they do offer these in larger sizes & in 5 flavors on Amazon, as well as on the company’s web site (which offers these in 6 different flavors).

Some of the amazing qualities of these protein powders are: 1. They are plant based, so they are appropriate for vegetarians & vegans to consume. 2. They all contain 20 grams of delicious protein per serving. 3. They all contain between only 110-120 calories per serving (not including any other ingredients you might add to them, of course). 4. They contain between 16-25 servings per container (depending on which size & flavor you purchase). 5. They are extremely low in sugar, containing only 2 grams per serving. They are sweetened naturally with fruits and stevia. 6. They contain no mystery ingredients, and only whole delicious from nature ones. 7. They are Non GMO Project Verified. 8. They contain 2 servings of greens, which help to keep the body’s digestive system on track. 9. They are gluten free. 10. They actually taste good!

Over the years I’ve tried countless protein powders, some being excellent, and some not so much. These truly rank right up there on my favorites list, and I have purchased these time and again because our family likes them so much.

I would also like to mention that the company has a very appealing “recipes” section to their web site, which I am greatly anticipating further exploring.

All in all I very highly recommend all 3 of the flavors of the Vega Protein & Greens protein powders that I’ve purchased.

I hope that you’ve found this review both informative and helpful. Please feel free to ask questions and I’ll answer as soon as possible.

Yours in good health, Healthified Living

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Cherry Spinach Smoothie

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I purchased a wonderful bunch of spinach from the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, and wanted a tasty way to use it all up. I decided to juice it all, and then add the juice to a smoothie. The end result was delicious, and I honestly couldn’t even taste the spinach juice in it. It’s truly a super way to incorporate some greens, without a green taste!

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Cherry Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

* 16 oz Milk of choice (I used 16 oz filtered water, with 1 tblsp cashew butter)

* 1/3 cup Spinach Juice

* 1/3 cup Cherries, pitted

* 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

 

Directions:

Juice a large bunch of spinach, to produce 1/3 cup of spinach juice. Pour through a mesh sieve, to skim all of the foam from it. Set finished juice aside. If making my milk recipe, place 2 cups filtered water & 1 tablespoon cashew butter in high speed blender. Blend until well incorporated. Place milk (or keep milk just made in blender container), cherries, spinach juice, and vanilla protein powder in blender, and blend until well incorporated. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Orange Creamsicle Winter Wellness Smoothie

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I typically consume 1 protein smoothie per day, and with it being winter time, I knew that I wanted to add a boost of vitamins into the mix as well. I had already been drinking Airborne multiple times per day, to help keep my immune system boosted, so I decided to combine the 2, into 1 delicious smoothie. The results were incredibly delicious. I hope that you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do!

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Orange Creamsicle Winter Wellness Smoothie

What you’ll need:

* 8oz cold, filtered water

* 1 orange flavored Airborne tablet

* 16oz almond milk (I used my Quick & Easy Almond Milk – from almond butter – recipe)

* Vanilla protein powder (your favorite brand – as much as needed to make 16oz worth of smoothie)

* A marked mason jar that shows ounces on the side of the jar (optional)

What you’ll do:

Fill your mason jar with the 8oz of cold filtered water. Drop your orange Airborne tablet into the water, allowing to dissolve completely. Add 16oz of almond milk, then your vanilla protein powder. Place snug lid on mason jar and give it a few good shakes. Have fun with it (come on, you know you want to!). Remove lid and enjoy your super delicious Orange Creamsicle Winter Wellness Smoothie! It’s so good!

Here’s a picture to show what the mason jar looks like, with ounces measuring lines on the side of it. It’s hard to make out the 8oz, 16oz, and 24oz markers, but they’re on there. These make adding liquids in as you go so super easy. No measuring cups required.

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Quick & Easy Almond Milk (From Almond Butter)

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I wanted to make an almond milk that would be super quick & easy, and decided to follow the same steps that I use to make my Quick Cashew Milk recipe. The results were fabulous, and I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy it too!

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Quick & Easy Almond Milk (From Almond Butter)

What you’ll need:

* 5 tblsp home made Almond Butter

* 4 cups filtered Water

* 3/4 tsp Vanilla (optional)

* 1 dropper full Liquid Stevia (optional)

What you’ll do:

Fill Vita-Mix or blender container with cold, filtered water. Add in almond butter, vanilla (if using), and liquid stevia (if using). Blend on high speed until well incorporated and enjoy!

~ My personal note: I made this first without the vanilla & liquid stevia, and it was very good. It reminded me a lot of S*lk’s Original Unsweetened almond milk. After I added the vanilla, it reminded me of S*lk’s Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk. After I added the liquid stevia, it reminded me of S*lk’s Sweetened Vanilla almond milk.

I noticed that there was a tiny amount of almond residue down at the bottom of the container (due to using home made almond butter instead of store bought), but it really didn’t bother me. You could always run your almond milk through a sieve to strain that out, if you really wanted to. All in all I’m very happy with the way that this recipe turned out, and it’s now my go to Almond Milk.

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Quick Coconut Cashew Milk

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I really love my Quick Cashew Milk recipe, and use it as my go to milk now. But one day, about a week ago, I was thinking how nice it would be to have a coconut flavor incorporated into it somehow, so that I could enjoy both the cashew AND coconut flavors together. Enter the Quick Coconut Cashew Milk. I really really liked this milk, and I will definitely be making it time and again.

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Quick Coconut Cashew Milk

Here’s what you’ll need:

* 4 cups filtered water

* 5 tablespoons cashew nut butter

* 4 tablespoons coconut cream concentrate (I used Tropical Traditions)

 

Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or regular blender, and blend until well combined. Chill, then pour desired amount in your favorite mug or glass. Enjoy!

 

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Cinnamon Banilla Shake – No Sugar Added

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I was looking for a something cold, smooth, and satisfying, but nothing too heavy. This shake definitely delivered! I love that my little one liked it too, since it’s such an easy way to get fruit and nuts both for her, without the added sugar that most shakes contain. Great stuff.

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Cinnamon Banilla Shake – No Sugar Added

Ingredients:

1 1/2 bananas

1 cup of milk (I used my Quick Cashew Milk)

2 big dashes cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix. Blend together until desired consistency is reached. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy! Mine was thick enough to eat like ice cream, and as it began to melt, became more like a shake.

Healthified Lemonade (No Sugar)

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Since I have completely done away with sugar from my own diet, I needed to come up with a way that I could still enjoy some lemonade. This recipe is super easy, and also versatile, utilizing the ingredients that you probably already have on hand. This was delicious and much healthier than traditional lemonade.

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Healthified Lemonade

Ingredients:

* Lemons or Lemon Extract

* Liquid Stevia

* Filtered Water

 

Directions:

Place as much clean filtered water as you wish into a mason jar, or your favorite glass. Mix in your fresh squeezed lemon juice or lemon extract (go by your own taste preferences as to how much you want), then mix in the liquid stevia (again, go by your own taste preferences). Stir all ingredients together and enjoy!