Minty Raspberry-Banana Smoothie {vegan}

I’m a huge fan of smoothies. I have them almost every day for breakfast and sometimes when I don’t feel like cooking (or my family is out of the house), smoothies are my dinner too. They’re the perfect meal in a glass. I can load them up with fruits and veggies, protein, superfoods and natural sweeteners. Many times I think about a smoothies as drinking my salad!

Minty Raspberry-Banana Smoothie {vegan} from GoodLifeEats & Queen of Quinoa

source: Alyssa Rimmer

Today, we’re not having a green smoothie, but it’s just as good for you. I was able to sneak in a ton of healthy ingredients and it still tastes amazing. Even my family gobbled it up!

This raspberry-banana smoothie was the perfect way to start my day. It filled me up and kept me energized all morning and by the time lunch rolled around, it left me craving a salad, not a carb-heavy meal like sometimes smoothies can. This healthy smoothie is packed with superfoods, antioxidant rich fruits and has just a hint of fresh herbs.

It’s divine.

Minty Raspberry-Banana Smoothie {vegan} from GoodLifeEats & Queen of Quinoa

source: Alyssa Rimmer

Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to let you in on my little smoothie secret. You see when it comes to smoothies, I’m all about the texture. I love thick, creamy smoothies, ones that I can eat with a spoon (weird, I know…). And my secret to achieving the perfect smoothie texture? Frozen bananas. By adding frozen bananas to my smoothie, I know I will have that dreamy smoothie texture every single time.

This smoothie is everything that I love in a smoothie. The rich texture (from the frozen bananas), the brightness from the fresh mint, the freshness from cucumber, all balanced against the tartness of frozen raspberries. Delish! And to make this smoothie even more healthy, I added a few scoops of vanilla protein powder, sweetened it just a bit more with stevia and added chia seeds for some extra umph.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

What is your favorite smoothie combo?

Minty Raspberry-Banana Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

A simple, incredibly fresh smoothie that helps you start the day feeling refreshed, energized and happy!

Ingredients:

1 cup non-dairy milk (or milk of choice)
1 cup water
1 frozen banana
1/2 medium cucumber, chopped
4 - 5 sprigs fresh mint
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup ice cubes
2 scoops vegan protein powder (or protein powder of choice)
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend on low, then turn to high until desired consistency has been reached.

by Alyssa Rimmer

Alyssa is the quinoa-obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients and hopes to show the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. Want to learn more about cooking and baking with the superfood quinoa? Check out Alyssa's eBooks.