Pear & chocolate protein smoothie

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I’m always on the look out for new protein powders to try out, as they’re something that I can be quite choosy over and there are certain qualities that I tend to look out for. I’ve recently taken the plunge and treated myself to a new pea protein by a brand called Vital Health- I purchased the chocolate flavour. This is a natural, vegan protein with no artificial sweeteners added. I decided to give this one a go after hearing positive feedback from a friend and so far, I’m pretty impressed! Like when I purchase most new things, I couldn’t wait to experiment with this in my recipes and thought a protein smoothie would be an excellent place to begin. This smoothie is slightly different from my usual creations, as there are in fact no bananas used! I know, this is probably a little surprising, seeing as bananas have practically become a staple ingredient in most smoothies however, I like to mix things up and so wanted to try something a little different this time.

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Pears make an amazing banana alternative in smoothies as they have a divine delicately sweet flavour, that isn’t too overpowering against other flavours you might like to add. Oh and pears and chocolate.. well that’s just a winning combination, am I right? This smoothie instantly became on of my new favourite things; it’s sweet, a good source of protein, healthy fats and carbs.. and tastes like a chocolate milkshake!

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Nourishing and refuelling your body before and after a workout is so important, in order to insure that you can keep performing at your best and achieve great results. For my post workout snack/meal, I always try and make sure that I’m getting in some good carbs and a source of protein to help my muscles recover and this smoothie is on of my rather tasty ways of doing just that. This would also make for a great breakfast option on the go, as you could whizz it up the night before and store it in the fridge ready for that morning rush before work. Like I always say, what you put into your body has a dramatic effect on your energy levels and the way you feel; I always find that having a good and balanced breakfast helps to set me up for eating well throughout the day.


 

Ingredients:

1 ripe pear

1 tsp cacao powder

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

1 heaped tsp cashew butter

1 tbsp chocolate protein powder (I use this one)

Generous plug of almond milk (taylor this to how thick you would like your smoothie)

Ice cubes (optional)

Method:

Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

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