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Tickled Pink Bloat Busting Protein Power Smoothie

Call it red, ruby, magenta, plum, fuchsia, crimson, or whichever color floats your boat. Just be sure to try it, because this smoothie is packing protein, veggies, and fruit like you wouldn't believe. Twenty-six grams of protein, four servings of veggies, and three servings of fruit, to be exact. Plus 100% daily value of vitamin c, 14 g dietary fiber, and 1920 mg potassium. Now that's one powerful, plant-based protein smoothie.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, plant-based, Vegan
Servings: 32 ounces (approximately)
Calories: 424kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 stalks celery, washed, trimmed, and roughly chopped
  • 2 ripe, speckled bananas, peeled, diced, and frozen*
  • ½ organic cucumber, quartered
  • 1 fresh lemon, peeled and seeded
  • 1 small raw beet, roughly diced (about ⅓ to ½ cup)
  • 1 to 2 cups filtered water or as much as desired**
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls pumpkin seed protein powder or to taste (about 1 full serving of protein powder)***
  • ½- to 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • Handful fresh cilantro, stemmed (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the celery, banana(s), cucumber, lemon, beet, 1 cup of the filtered water, protein powder, ginger, and cilantro (if using) to a high-speed blender.
  • Blend on high until smooth.
  • If needed or if desired, add up to another 1 cup water to thin/encourage blending and/or ice cubes to cool.
  • Enjoy.

Notes

*I prefer to use frozen bananas because they cool the smoothie down and smooth out the texture of the protein powder; however, in a pinch, fresh bananas will work. You'll just want to add a handful of ice cubes to cool the smoothie a bit if you go that route.
**For a slightly sweeter smoothie, use coconut water.
***I recommend using a pure, unflavored, and mild protein powder (e.g., pumpkin seed) to avoid meddling with the smoothie's natural flavor; however, if you have a favorite flavored plant-based protein that you'd like to try in here, feel free to give it a whirl.
****You do you. I love this smoothie exactly as is, but all tastes are different so feel free to adjust as you see fit. For instance, if you're new to veggie-packed smoothies or simply prefer a sweeter smoothie, feel free to add 1 to 2 soft, pitted medjool dates or cut back on the amount of celery.
*****Keep in mind that if you're not used to consuming a plentiful amount of dietary fiber, this smoothie could cause a bit of airy bloating (if you know what I mean) the first few times you drink it but overall should encourage shedding of excess water when enjoyed as part of a well-balanced diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 32ounces | Calories: 424kcal | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 1920mg | Fiber: 14g | Vitamin A: 1850IU | Vitamin C: 87.5mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 2.2mg