By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
I’ve tried something new recently: adding nuts to my protein smoothie. Normally, my smoothies are made up of a protein powder, fruit, greens, chia seeds or flaxseed meal, and cinnamon or fresh ginger. Now, I’ve totally added peanut butter before, but I’ll put peanut butter on almost anything.
This was different. I added a 1/4 cup serving of raw, whole walnuts to my smoothie and was BLOWN AWAY. Blended with the traditional smoothie ingredients, the walnuts made for a creamier, heartier smoothie than I could have imagined. A smoothie is usually a mid-point kind of food for me. I’ll blend one up following a tough workout, which revives me enough to shower and come down from that exercise high before I can actually make a “real” meal. They tide me over if dinner is going to be super late, or if I know I won’t be eating until brunch time on the weekends and need to calm my awoken stomach.
But this smoothie, loaded with protein, natural sugars, iron and fiber, are given an even great nutrient boost with an ounce of walnuts. These nutty gems provide 2.5 grams of plant-based Omega-3 ALA (which is super important for those who don’t consume meat), 4 grams of protein (yay!), and 2 grams of fiber (can’t get enough of that). They add a subtle flavor and the texture is hardly changed from nut-less smoothies, so there’s nothing to worry about there.
Add some walnuts to your next smoothie and prepare to be wowed! Better yet: try this one on for size. The blackberry puree is such a great flavor, only enhanced by the walnuts.
Thanks to the California Walnut Board for prompting the creation of this smoothie! Look for more walnutty recipes to come this week 🙂
Blackberry Walnut Protein Smoothie
- 1 C cold water
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 4 oz frozen blackberry pulp (or 1/2 cup frozen blackberries)
- 1/3 block frozen spinach (or 1 packed cup fresh spinach)
- 1/4 C raw walnuts
Add all ingredients (minus the garnish) to the jug of your blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish with additional walnuts. Enjoy cold!
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