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Better Than Starbucks – Vegan Green Tea Protein Latte!!! ((Iced or Hot))

21 Aug

It has be soooooo long since my last post!  This summer has been crazy – trip to Vermont, car recalled for passenger airbag, spending time with family, my sister is now engaged ((CONGRATULATIONS!!!!)) and I became a maid of honor!!!, trip to Lancaster, studying for the FE exam, and now my sweet little two year old son has dropped my iphone into the pool ((it survived, works, but remains turned off in a container of rice until further notice)) ::I’m a survivor plays in the background:: haha I think it will be okay.

So… I have not gained much weight post-baby, but since I’ve stopped breastfeeding (a year ago) I have gained a couple pounds but feel my body is just much softer than before…. hahahaha awkward!  Now that my sister is engaged as well, I just want my body to be healthier and get back into shape AND have more energy.

I have been searching and searching for a vegan protein powder, and my only absolute requirements were that it NOT contain stevia or any other sugar replacement, and also that there be at least a small amount of iron in it ((I’ve been slightly fatigued lately and I’m hoping this helps)).  After days of research I found plenty of vegan protein powder options ((just google it)), however almost ALL of them contain stevia ((usually the flavored ones)), so I began searching for natural and unflavored ones.  Lo and behold there are plenty on the market including an unflavored version of Garden of Life RAW Protein, and Sunwarrior.  However, because I reeaaalllyy wanted some iron in it, I went ahead with the Sunwarrior Classic Protein Powder – Raw Vegan and Natural.


GREAT PURCHASE!  It’s slightly expensive, but I had a $25 Amazon gift card, and the shipping was free.   The best part is, there’s no sugar, and 3mg IRON!!! ((20% daily value)) yesssss. The only ingredient in it is “Whole Brown Rice Protein” – perfect.  I’ve been using it for about a week, almost everyday and I feel great, have tons of energy to exercise, clean, study, etc.

I usually mix it with bananas and cocoa (soon to follow will be the best vegan protein hot chocolate – or milkshake – ever), but today I switched it up and made a Vegan Green Tea Protein Latte.  To make a green tea latte like they have at Starbucks (which is never vegan because there is milk powder already in their green tea powder) you must have some Matcha Green Tea.  I got this kind at Whole Foods, by the Republic of Tea – it works really great for making green tea lattes, cupcakes, frosting, ice cream, etc.  I actually made some vegan cupcakes the other day with it that came out delicious.


Sometimes you just want like a nice thick hot chocolate or latte, I’m so smoothie and milkshaked out from this summer.  A nice warm drink usually is more pleasing to the taste buds and satisfying to the stomach, especially in the morning.  So here is the recipe for this delicious vegan, and very filling, protein latte…


Servings: 1 large mug – one person

Calories:  about 200

1 scoop Sunwarrior Protein Powder
1 tsp matcha powder (or more to taste – mine was not too powerful)
1/2 banana
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tsp Agave syrup (more or less to taste)

Directions:  Heat up the almond milk on the stove, remove from heat just before it boils.  Add all ingredients to the blender.  The blender will create the great froth you get from a latte.

Yummmmm.  So satisfying.  I will follow up with the best vegan protein hot chocolate ever, and hopefully not neglect this poor blog anymore!  Thanks for reading!

Guilt-Free Vegan Chocolate Milkshake – Protein, Energy, and Brain Smoothie!!!

1 Mar

I have not written in a while, recuperating from the winter weather and colds etc.  It’s so great to see sunlight lasting until after 5pm!

Here is a GREAT one… I created this amazing Guilt-Free Vegan Chocolate Milkshake for breakfast this morning in my kitchen laboratory, and somehow it came out to taste like an amazing chocolate milkshake or even like ice cream if you add more ice.  It was so delicious and vegan, so you don’t have to worry about the hormones, antibiotics, radioactivity, and whatever else may be floating around in cow’s milk.

I have been feeding my child almond milk since he stopped nursing, and he loves it.  I purchase cases of the 365 organic unsweetened almond milk from Whole foods.  It has all the vitamins that cow’s milk does, and more, and my favorite part is… if it spills, it doesn’t smell sour!  The taste is better too, mmm so creamy. I also prefer it over soy milk as well because, especially for a small child, I don’t know how soy milk would effect his hormones, and soy is also known to be loaded with natural sugar, and I just plain don’t trust soy and GMO’s etc. even if it’s organic ((just a personal leery feeling))… blah blah blah… yadda yadda… anyway…

((PS:  Be careful about marketing tricks these milks use on their cartons.  i.e. If the carton says “we use soy beans ((or almonds or rice or coconuts etc.)) that are not genetically modified,” that may be true, however it does not say they do not use genetically modified ones as well if ya know what i mean…))


Soooo on a lighter note, this milkshake has tons of protein, omega 3’s for your heart and cholesterol, tons of vitamins, super brain charge with the almond milk as well… AND IT TASTES LIKE A CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE!!!!!!!!

This takes about 5 minutes to make and clean up, and you probably already have all of these ingredients sitting around.

Servings: 1 large glass

1 banana
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
1 heaping tbsp peanut butter (natural, no salt, just peanuts)
2 tsp honey (I like orange blossom honey)
6 ice cubes – add more or less depending on the thickness you prefer

Blend all ingredients together before adding the ice cubes (to ensure that the honey blends in and does not stay hard).  Once blended, blend the ice cubes in as well.

And there you have it, sooooo delicious.  Very filling and fulfilling, and a great alternative to ice cream.

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