You probably read the title of this bean and berry smoothie recipe, and wondered if you read it correctly. You probably think I am far out on this one by putting beans in smoothies. But, yes, I put beans in my vanilla berry smoothie recipe. Why? Because the soluble fiber is important to balance your hormones and improve your gut health. In addition, white beans in a smoothie add extra protein. A winner all around.
This was inspired by my other hormone balancing smoothie on this site. Below you will find a more detailed description of the bean and berry smoothie.
The bean and berry smoothie is a delicious and nutritious drink that combines the goodness of beans and the sweetness of berries. This smoothie is not only refreshing but also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Mixed Berries: Of course, you need some mixture of berries to make a berry flavored bean smoothie. I like strawberries and blueberries the best.
- Vanilla Extract: Just a dash will work. I use ½ a teaspoon and it works well.
- White Beans: Any white beans will work. If you have white northern beans or cannellini garbanzo beans, this recipe will work well to add that creamy fiber addition.
- Milk of Choice: I like unsweetened almond milk the best.
- Cottage Cheese: I like the brand Good Culture or cottage cheese. I prefer the lactose free, as I am sensitive to the dairy in regular cottage cheese. Good Culture offers a lactose free version of their cottage cheese, which is superb.
See recipe card for quantities.
To make this smoothie, you will need a handful of your favorite berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. These berries are full of flavor and are also rich in vitamin C, fiber, and other essential nutrients.
Next, you'll add a scoop of cooked beans to the smoothie. Beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein, fiber, and various minerals. They can help promote satiety, improve digestion, and support overall health.
To add some creaminess to the smoothie, you can use either cottage cheese, yogurt or almond milk. Yogurt provides probiotics, which are beneficial for gut health, while almond milk is a great dairy-free option for those with dietary restrictions. Cottage cheese adds a lot of protein to your smoothie recipe.
To sweeten the smoothie, you can add a drizzle of honey or a few dates. Alternatively, if you prefer a lower sugar option, you can use a natural sweetener like stevia or skip sweeteners altogether -- the natural sweetness from the berries can be enough. I prefer to not add any additional sweetener, as I find the banana and berries provide enough sweetness.
Finally, blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. You can also add some ice cubes if you prefer a colder and thicker consistency.
The result is a delightful bean and berry smoothie that is not only tasty but also nourishing for your body. It can be enjoyed as a quick and healthy breakfast, a post-workout snack, or even as a refreshing pick-me-up during hot summer days.
Give this bean and berry smoothie a try and experience the delightful combination of flavors and health benefits it has to offer!
Why make a smoothie with Beans?
Smoothies are a popular and delicious way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diets. They are not only refreshing, but also packed with nutrients. While you may be more accustomed to adding fruits like berries or bananas to your smoothies, have you ever considered adding beans?
Beans are a versatile and underrated ingredient that can bring many benefits to your smoothie. Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding beans to your next smoothies:
1. Plant-Based Protein Power:
Beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein, making them an ideal addition to your smoothie if you're looking to boost your protein intake. With their rich protein content, beans can help keep you feeling fuller for longer, supporting your overall nutrition and fitness goals.
2. Fiber and Digestive Health:
Beans are high in dietary fiber, which plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Also, by adding beans to your smoothie, you can increase your fiber intake, promote regular bowel movements, and prevent constipation. Fiber is also linked to helping weight management and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
3. Vitamins and Minerals Galore:
- Beans are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall wellness. They contain iron, magnesium, potassium, and folate, among other vital nutrients. Incorporating beans into your smoothie can help ensure you're getting a wide range of nutrients to support your body's functions.
4. Adding Creaminess and Thickness:
Beans, especially cooked and blended into smoothies, can lend a creamy and thick texture to your smoothies. They can substitute dairy or add body to your plant-based smoothies. This not only enhances the taste, but also makes your smoothie more satisfying.
Also, when incorporating beans into your smoothie, it's important to ensure they are cooked thoroughly before blending. This will make them easier to digest and avoid potential adverse effects.
So why not step out of the traditional smoothie ingredients box and give beans a chance with a white bean smoothie? Experiment with different bean varieties like black beans, chickpeas, or kidney beans to create unique and nutritious smoothie recipes. Cheers to a healthy and flavorful adventure in smoothie making!
Simple Vanilla White Bean & Berry Smoothie for Hormones
- ½ cup Strawberries
- ½ cup Blueberries
- ¼ cup White Beans
- 1 Banana
- ½ cup Cottage Cheese
- ¼ cup Milk of Choice (Unsweetened Almond MIlk)
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- To make this smoothie, add the berries, banana, vanilla extract, milk, cottage cheese, and you will need a handful of your favorite berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
- Next, you'll add a scoop of cooked beans to the smoothie.
- Finally, blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. You can also add some ice cubes if you prefer a colder and thicker consistency.
- To sweeten the smoothie, you may add a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or a few dates. Alternatively, if you prefer a lower sugar option, you can use a natural sweetener like stevia or skip sweeteners altogether -- the natural sweetness from the berries can be enough. I don't add any additional sweeteners, but feel free to add in extra sweetness to your preference.
Here are a few modifications if you have an aversion, food allergy, or simply don't have an ingredient on hand.
- Beans - Instead of white beans in this white bean smoothie recipe, you can use red kidney beans.
- Cottage Cheese: Instead of cottage cheese, swap in some Greek yogurt, ricotta cheese, or even goat milk cheese.
This recipe is for one serving. If you choose to double or make a big batch of this recipe, store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I like to meal prep my ingredients in smoothie bags without any liquids. Then the day I want a smoothie, I simply pour the items from the bag into my blender, add milk or water, and blend away. You can find lots of other smoothie recipes and tips inside my Healthy Smoothie Recipes Book.
ENJOY THIS DELICIOUS BEAN AND BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE!
So, were you surprised that you can use beans in smoothies? I hope you are a bit adventurous today, and try adding in some white beans into your next favorite smoothie recipe today.
In addition, I would also love to hear what you think, or take a photo and tag me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva
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