5 Gluten Free & Vegan Smoothies

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Allow me to introduce Leanne Vogel. If you don’t already know Leanne and her blog you are in for a treat! She has the best healthy dessert recipes and tons more.

Leanne Vogel is a holistic nutritionist and the girl behind the healthy living site, Healthful Pursuit. Whether you’re sensitive to dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, grains, or sugar, or are just interested in eating healthy, Leanne’s fun and simple healthy recipes; of which she has more than 600 posted on her site, are a great resource for everyone.

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to be here. Kieran is such a rad guy. When he asked me if I wanted to stop by to share something with you, I jumped at the chance to be part of this good thing he’s got happenin’ here on Health Is Happiness!

I’m quite the smoothie fanatic. I’ve had 1 smoothie daily for the past 6 years and there’s no sign in that changing any time soon. I’ve developed loads of different recipes, tricks, tips and strategies along the way. After all, if you’re making 1 smoothie a day for 6 years, you have to constantly spice things up to keep it fun!

Here are a bunch of tricks and tips that I’ve learned along the way…

How to add extra protein to a smoothie:

  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter like peanut or almond
  • handful of raw nuts like cashews, almonds or macadamia nuts
  • 30 grams protein powder of your choice. I really like adding Vega Vanilla Recovery Protein Powder.
  • Use non-GMO soy milk instead of almond milk
  • Add 1/4 ñ 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • If you’re NOT vegan, adding 1/4 cup pasteurized egg whites is phenomenal

How to boost flavor in your smoothies:

  • Use chilled steeped tea like peppermint, berry, or chai instead of juice, milk or water
  • Super food powder like lucuma, maca, camu camu
  • Zest from oranges, limes or lemons
  • Spice mixtures like Chinese 5 spice, chai, or cocoa powder and cayenne

How to keep a smoothie under 300 calories:

  • Replace nuts like almonds, cashews or peanuts with the ‘skinny nut’, pistachio
  • Use water instead of milk and flavor the smoothie with all natural vanilla or almond extract
  • Opt for sweeteners like xylitol or stevia in place of sugar
  • Reduce the banana in the recipe from 1 whole banana to 1/2

And a smoothie post wouldn’t be complete with a couple of recipes! Here are my readers’ all-time favorite vegan smoothie recipes that I’ve shared over on Healthful Pursuit throughout the years…


Pumpkin Chai Smoothie: Spiced vegan smoothie that combines two classic Fall flavors, pumpkin and chai.


Can’t Beet This: Fresh pressed juice in a smoothie combines the benefits of veggie juice with the fiber of real fruit for an incredibly delicious smoothie. High in magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Don’t worry, the beets add earthy sweetness with no strange aftertaste.


Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie: Thick, sweet and delicious mint chocolate chip smoothie with no extracts or artificial flavors.


Key Lime Pie Green Smoothie: Vegan, gluten and nut-free key lime green smoothie thatís under 300 calories. Tastes just like pie!


Bombay Banana: A creamy, nutrient-rich smoothie inspired by Aux Vivres Bombay Banana Smoothie.

If there’s one smoothie that you try, it’s Bombay Banana. That guy will make any person a smoothie fanatic!

I’d love to know…

Do you have tricks on pumping up the protein in your smoothies?

How do you add a kick of flavor to your blended creations?

Leanne_HealthfulPursuitAuthor bio: Leanne Vogel is a holistic nutritionist who has chosen to celebrate her allergies, overcome her food restrictions, release her negative relationship with food and live freely. You can find her living out her journey as she documents her latest adventures on her blog, www.healthfulpursuit.com.

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