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Protein for vegan smoothies?

bookwormiebookwormie Member Posts: 32 Member Member Posts: 32 Member
I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for protein in vegan smoothies that is NOT a protein powder? I stopped using protein powders a while ago when there were reports of vegan protein powders having high levels of heavy metals found in them, so I'd rather use real food. My thoughts so far are soy milk, tofu, or peanut butter. Or maybe lentils, if I could hide their taste? Does anyone have any other ideas/ advice? Thank you!

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  • VegjoyPVegjoyP Member Posts: 727 Member Member Posts: 727 Member
    Rice protein is a possible link. Most vegan oroteins are tested and data can be found. Personally I love them! I use Sun Warrior. I also use natural pea protein from NOW or Sprouts. Natural Zing is a small company that has raw foods and protein. I love thier sunflower protein. Its so good!

  • GeneveremfpGeneveremfp Member Posts: 285 Member Member Posts: 285 Member
    dmkoenig wrote: »
    I don't know why there would be risk of heavy metals in vegan protein powders. Most brands (like Orgain which I sometimes use) consist of pea protein so I don't get the heavy metals connection. In any case, I've used the following as protein sources: hemp hearts (10g per 3 tbsp), chia seeds (3g per 1 tbsp), flaxseeds (3g per 2 tbsp) and peanut powder(5 g per 2 tbsp). These all work quite nicely in a smoothie and don't impart any weird taste. Flaxseed and Hemp in particular have a number of additional benefits aside from their protein content.

    Seconded. Flaxseed and hemp hearts have the benefit of not having to be made into a shake if you're not feeling it - they sprinkle onto most food easily. I've had them on stir Fries, roasted vegetables, salads, Porridge, ice cream...etc etc
  • ReenieHJReenieHJ Member Posts: 1,777 Member Member Posts: 1,777 Member
    bookwormie wrote: »
    I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for protein in vegan smoothies that is NOT a protein powder? I stopped using protein powders a while ago when there were reports of vegan protein powders having high levels of heavy metals found in them, so I'd rather use real food. My thoughts so far are soy milk, tofu, or peanut butter. Or maybe lentils, if I could hide their taste? Does anyone have any other ideas/ advice? Thank you!

    I wonder how black beans would work? My sister made black bean brownies and they were SO delicious and fudgy, never had a clue they contained black beans. Soy yogurt? Nutritional yeast?
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  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,968 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,968 Member
    How about silken tofu? Or white beans, if the black beans coloring is off-putting? (I use those in soups as a "cream-ifying" add, sometimes.) Nutritional yeast (within reason ;) )? Peanut butter powder?
  • cosmiqrecoverycosmiqrecovery Member Posts: 166 Member Member Posts: 166 Member
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    bookwormie wrote: »
    I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for protein in vegan smoothies that is NOT a protein powder? I stopped using protein powders a while ago when there were reports of vegan protein powders having high levels of heavy metals found in them, so I'd rather use real food. My thoughts so far are soy milk, tofu, or peanut butter. Or maybe lentils, if I could hide their taste? Does anyone have any other ideas/ advice? Thank you!

    I wonder how black beans would work? My sister made black bean brownies and they were SO delicious and fudgy, never had a clue they contained black beans. Soy yogurt? Nutritional yeast?

    i've made a chocolate protein shake with black beans and it definitely worked! i did use chocolate protein powder in mine but op you could probably get a similar result using a chocolate plant milk of choice.
  • Safari_Gal_Safari_Gal_ Member, Premium Posts: 666 Member Member, Premium Posts: 666 Member
    Re: protein boosters: Also chiming in with flaxseed and hemp hearts. I would also like to add chia and pea protein.

    There is ready pea protein powder out there. You can make a booster by using dehydrated peas and pulverize them in blender for some added protein. 3oz is 6grams of protein and 60 calories. The taste is a touch sweet and earthy.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,574 Member Member Posts: 5,574 Member
    bookwormie wrote: »
    I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for protein in vegan smoothies that is NOT a protein powder? I stopped using protein powders a while ago when there were reports of vegan protein powders having high levels of heavy metals found in them, so I'd rather use real food. My thoughts so far are soy milk, tofu, or peanut butter. Or maybe lentils, if I could hide their taste? Does anyone have any other ideas/ advice? Thank you!

    I have used soy milk (but that doesn't add so much), nuts/seeds (or nut or seed butters), and especially tofu or white beans or chickpeas. I know the last two sound weird, but they add some creaminess and you can't really taste them as they are neutral enough.
  • mjbnj0001mjbnj0001 Member Posts: 923 Member Member Posts: 923 Member
    Interesting thread. I just got a jar of Soylent on a trial for my wife - in the hospital, as a nurse, lunch in this time of covid-19 is complicated by PPE removals/redressing and the time and exposure as a result. So, with TCM showing "Soylent Green" recently, I said, "worth a trial." If she doesn't like it, or it doesn't agree with her or doesn't work out, then I'll finish the tub. As the commercial says, "Mikey eats everything." Soylent is vegan, and definitely isn't "people" LOL.

    Question: anyone have any experience with this stuff? I've just tried it (original powder). It's pretty bland. Anyone do anything with it to dress it up? I've heard of GI issues in some people, which is why I'm the guinea pig on first usage.

    Thanks in advance. I'm going to also start a separate thread on this topic, FYI.

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  • deeshilohdeeshiloh Member Posts: 24 Member Member Posts: 24 Member
    I think something like silken tofu is going to be a good option (or like someone above said, white beans or chickpeas - only those might not get quite as smooth as the tofu would). I haven't personally tried it as I'm not a huge smoothie fan, but I've seen a good number of smoothie recipes that use silken tofu as a protein booster, and I've made a sour cream substitute with it so I know it gets really smooth really easy and the flavour hides without too much effort.
  • mjbnj0001mjbnj0001 Member Posts: 923 Member Member Posts: 923 Member
    mjbnj0001 wrote: »
    ... I just got a jar of Soylent on a trial for my wife - in the hospital, as a nurse, lunch in this time of covid-19 is complicated by PPE removals/redressing and the time and exposure as a result.
    ...

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    I'm just back online after being without power for 6 days following the storm last week. I did a Soylent experiment during this week, results reported back on the thread I opened for that topic, in case anyone's interested.

    Quick summary: OK, but not a panacea. YMMV.
  • SaraKim17SaraKim17 Member Posts: 1,314 Member Member Posts: 1,314 Member
    Silk Nut Milk, Protein Blend (10 grams of protein per 8 ounces, if I'm remembering correctly).
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