This protein smoothie – my newest culinary invention – was genuinely inspired by Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut” and I believe it tastes best when prepared while singing. The recipe started out as a Key Lime smoothie taken from Oxygen Magazine but I put my own spin it, making it vegan and amping up the coconut. Truthfully, my mind has been in the tropics lately – Summer is here, the weather is warm, the beach is calling and a refreshing, island-style smoothie seems like the perfect way to start the day. It is a frozen banana-based smoothie but you can easily substitute avocado for the banana for a less-sweet, lower-carb version.
The Harry Nilsson Smoothie
100 grams banana, frozen
1 scoop protein powder (I used Sun Warrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein in Vanilla)
8-oz non-dairy milk (Organic Protein Almond Milk Unsweetened Vanilla)
1/4 cup lime juice (I use key lime)
1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp black chia seeds 1 tsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp raw shelled hemp hearts
1/2 tsp lime zest
Combine all ingredients in a blender or NutriBullet and blend until smooth and don’t forget to sing… You put the lime in the coconut, you drink ’em bot’ together.
Serving Size: One Smoothie
Calories: 351; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 0g; Sodium: 404mg; Total Carbohydrate: 27g; Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 32g
*Nutritional information based on recipe as written with designated ingredients, calculated using MyFitnessPal recipe calculator.