Pea Protein Smoothie

Pea protein helps prevent muscular degeneration. Sarcopenia or muscle loss is a common condition that affects 10% adults over 50 as they have a higher protein requirement. Stress, inflammation, sedentary lifestyle and an unbalanced diet all contribute to sarcopenia. Adding this powder to your favourite smoothie is a great way to improve protein intake.

Credits: Ceri, Zenxin master chef

Key facts:

Preparation: 20 mins + blend time
Total: 20 mins + blend time
Serves: 3-4

Pumpkin pea protein smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup steamed organic pumpkin
  • 2 cups organic almond drink
  • 2 pitted organic dates
  • 1 tbsp ‘Simply Natural’ organic pea protein
  • ¼ tsp ‘Simply Natural’ organic Ceylon cinnamon powder

Method:

  1. Steam the pumpkin and allow to cool. (Takes around 20 mins)
  2. Add all ingredients into a good blender.

Tips:

In combination with almond milk and dates it makes a delicious elixir which offers a phenomenal array of minerals. It will help fire up the metabolism, stabilise blood sugar and help to produce melatonin to give a better sleep at the end of the day.

Very Berry Pea Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 good handful of organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup  organic blueberries
  • 1 tbsp ‘Simply Natural’ organic pea protein
  • ¼ cup cooked organic small, white beans
  • e.g. La Bio Idea Cannellini beans
  • ¼ tsp ‘Simply Natural’ organic Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • 2 cups organic unsweetened almond milk

Method:

  1. If using canned beans, drain & rinse the white beans and add ¼ cup to the blender.
  2. Wash & spin dry the baby spinach and add to the blender.
  3. Wash the blueberries & add in.

Tips:

Blueberries are another skin treat. Rich in the antioxidants anthocyanin & vitamin C., they help your body build more collagen. While Pea protein is high in lysine, an essential amino acid for for building connective tissue like collagen in the skin. The combination of vitamin C and lysine is essential for the formation of healthy collagen which keeps skin looking plump.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pea Protein Shake

Ingredients:

  • organic conference pear
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • ½ cup organic Turkish roasted hazelnuts
  • 2 pitted organic Egyptian ‘Siva’ dates
  • 2 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp ‘Simply Natural’ organic pea protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Wash, top & tail and core the pear and cut into slices and add to the blender.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend until desired consistency.

Tips:

  1. Pea protein is an extremely versatile addition to any diet. The two tablespoonfuls used here offer 14g bioavailable and easily digested protein. The relatively neutral flavour blends well with the flavour of cacao powder and the amount of sweetener may be added according to personal taste. Dates are ideal as they are nutritious, high in fibre and antioxidants improving digestion and resistance to disease.
  2. For children: More dates may be added or ‘Simply Natural’ barley malt sweetener may be added to increase nutritional benefits & sweetness.
  3. Blend until the desired consistency and serve.

The ingredients:

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