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A vegan protein shake is an essential part of my morning routine. I make a lot of decisions throughout the day and get decision fatigue. By having the same thing to eat for breakfast every single day, I remove one of these decisions, making my life more efficient.
Because I am a conservationist; therefore I try to eat vegan as much as possible. This diet has the lowest environmental impact (for more on this topic, read “5 Easy Changes to Your Diet to Help the Planet.”
It’s also the diet that agrees with me the most. When my health problems were at their worst, I tried every diet out there to see if it would help. For most of my life, I avoided meat and I thought maybe that could be a factor. However, it made no difference. In fact, I felt worse and gained weight on keto and paleo. Vegan makes me happiest.
Why Vega One?
I’ve tried A LOT of protein powders and Vega One is my favorite by far. There are several reasons for I love this protein powder and brand:
- It tastes great.
- It is gluten-free.
- It is soy-free.
- Vega is a certified B corporation (meaning they put people and the environment over profits).
- They use sustainable cocoa.
- They use sustainable palm oil (certified by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil).
OK, now that we all agree that being vegan and Vega are awesome, let me share with you my super easy Vega One vegan chocolate peanut butter protein shake recipe:
- 1 scoop Vega One chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter (I prefer 365 brand)
- Ice (crushed is best)
- Water or non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut
- Fill the crushed ice into a blender (I love and use a Ninja blender). I like mine thicker so I use about 1.5 cups of crushed ice.
- Add the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
- Add enough water to cover ice, plus about 2 inches above.
- Add one scoop of Vega One chocolate protein powder (I make mine heaping).
- Turn on the blender and blend until smooth – usually 45 seconds to a minute.
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.