Us girls from Berlinveganlove finally got together again in my current home in Stoke Newington, London. We had lots of fun and laughter and also a lot of food. We explored vegan restaurants in London that we haven’t blogged about yet (all to come in the next few weeks 🙂 ) And we created new raw-vegan recipes in my kitchen. As we are both into yoga and sports and Aino dances a lot we enjoy a little protein boost from time to time.
If you are vegan you have probably experienced people bombarding you with the question “where do you get your protein from?” Infact this is a running joke amongst vegans and there are quite a few funny youtube videos on that topic like this song for example:
Infact It is easy for a vegan diet to meet recommendations for protein, as long as the calorie intake is adequate. It is more important to eat a varied diet throughout the day than the strict protein combining which is not necessary.
If you are working out a lot though, your protein needs can be higher. For us that means taking care to nourish ourselves after workout with either a natural occurring protein like chia seeds, asparagus, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, almonds, quinoa, spinach, peanuts, oatmeal, kale, tofu, beans, lentils, spirulina….(and the list goes on and on 🙂 ) or a protein supplement after our training to help our muscles to recover and to get stronger.
We got two samples of protein powder given by lovely Michelle from Arbonne who are a cruelty free company so that we could test them in our post-workout recipes. Airbonne is a company that has decided to be as “green” as possible, providing pure and natural products. Apart from nutritonal products they also stock skin care, bath&body and cosmetics. All are natural products, botanically based and vegan certified.
Here is a link to the protein powder: http://www.arbonne.com/Pws/homeoffice/store/AMUS/catalog/Post-Workout,1026.aspx
The recipes that we created are very simple and easy to make with solely natural preferably organic ingredients and you can of course also make them without the protein powder as a normal dessert!
Here we created a Chocolate Protein Avocado Pudding with raw cacao powder, avocados, bananas, maple syrup and the chocolate protein powder by Arbonne which is vegan, GMO-free, gluten free and absolutely delicious.
- 2 soft&ripe avocados
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp Arbonne chocolate protein powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
1. spoon out the avocados into your food processor or blender
2. Add bananas, cacao powder, protein powder and maple syrup and blend until smooth
3. decorate with raspberries and raw cacao nibs
We also made this baby! A raw-vegan Vanilla-Raspberry Protein Smoothie. For that we used bananas, flax seeds, raspberries, Provamel almond yoghurt which is sugar free and the Arbonne vanilla Protein powder.
- 2.5 ripe Bananas
- 2 Tbsp soaked Flaxseeds
- 1.5 cup Provamel Almond Yoghurt
- 2 Tbsp Arbonne Vanilla Protein powder
- 1 Cup Raspberries
1. soak flaxseeds for about 10 to 15 minutes
2. Peel bananas and place in blender
3. add Yoghurt plus the soaked flaxseeds as well as the protein powder
4. blend and pour half amount of the mixture into your smoothie glasses
5. blend remaining smoothie with the raspberries
6. pour on top of the vanilla smoothie
If you like you can decorate the smoothie with mashed up raspberries like we did in the last picture.
So our conclusion: if you are doing a lot of sport and work out it can be very helpful to add extra protein to your nutrition! With the Arbonne protein mix you can easily make tasty smoothies, shakes, puddings or just add it in your porridge for example!