This delicious protein smoothie is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It's high in protein due to edamame, not protein powder, and also contains a fiber boost. Enjoy!
My latest kitchen obsession has been with trying to add protein to foods that aren't traditionally super high in the filling nutrient. And I've also been making smoothies (like my Berry Almond Cocoa Smoothie and my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie) almost every morning, so I decided to power up my morning smoothie with protein!
This protein smoothie recipe boasts 21 grams of protein, along with 9 grams of fiber (up to 40 percent of an adult's daily need) per serving. That's a lot of nutrition in one glass!
The vanilla bean adds a subtly sweet taste. If you've never shopped for vanilla bean before, it's pretty simple—although I had to research what type to buy. You might see Grade A and Grade B beans in the store. Choose Grade A, which is recipe grade. Grade B is what you'd use to make your own vanilla extract.
I found that buying the beans online was a better deal than my local grocery store, so I chose Tahitian Grade A Vanilla Beans.
When you get your bean, simply slice it lengthwise with a knife. You'll then see lots and lots of tiny vanilla beans. Scoop these with a spoon, and add to your recipe.
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In a high-speed blender, add milk, banana slices, and edamame. With a knife, slice vanilla bean horizontally, then scrape seeds with a spoon and add to blender. Blend, and enjoy! Serves 1.
Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 430 Fat: 15 g Sat fat: 3 g Pro: 21 g Carbs: 56 g Sugar: 32 g Fiber: 9 g Chol: 10 g Sod: 150 g
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