Unfortunately, smoothies are often just a pseudonym (slash coverup) for milkshakes. We can call it good marketing, but I find it pretty misleading and messed up! Admittedly, I can be a little crazy about reading labels and scrutinizing ingredients, primarily because I can't stand being tricked into eating something naughty that I think is healthy. If I'm going to have a milkshake, I'd rather just get a real milkshake! Maybe one with coconut ice cream, but still...you get the point. I don't need one after my morning spin class.
I fell in love with this smoothie at Kreation in LA and have tried to recreate it here, since we don't have one in New York (wink wink, Kreation). Cucumber might sound like an odd smoothie ingredient, but you're just going to have to trust me on this one; it gives the blend some girth and a ton of hydration.
I used Sunwarrior's Warrior Blend in vanilla, but if there's another vanilla protein you like, give it a try. Just be sure to read the label!
This smoothie is sugar free and 100% RASA Challenge approved.
CUCUMBER VANILLA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
½ cup spinach
½ medium cucumber, peeled
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup non dairy milk
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Photo Credit: Diana Davis Creative