Dates, Chia and Almond Butter Protein Vegan Smoothie
As we continue into our second week of Ramadan, here’s another great recipe for suhoor that is vegan and gluten-free! Let’s keep it simple.
-1/2 cup of pitted dates (chopped)
-1 tablespoon(s) almond butter
-1 tablespoon of chia seeds
-1 tablespoon hemp, pumpkin seed, or flaxseed protein powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
-1/4 cup of almond milk (or other nut-milk of choice)
-2 tablespoons of water
Chia seeds need to be soaked for 10 minutes so that they soften. Once these become a gel-like substance, you can mix all the ingredients in a blender. Best served immediately after making or save until later.
Why is it healthy?
Dates: Dates are a staple during Ramadan because of their high in antioxidants such as flavinode that reduces inflammation and carotenoids that promote heart health. They are also full of healthy nutrients like potassium, manganese and iron.
Almond Butter: Almond butter has a generous amount of magnesium and high amounts of Vitamin E as well as protein that will keep you feeling satiated throughout the long day.
Chia Seeds for Digestion and More
A great addition to your diet during Ramadan to support digestion! One ounce of chia seeds provides about half the daily recommendation of fiber. It has helped many people lose weight because the high fiber content makes you feel full for longer. Chia seeds are also good to control cholesterol levels, prevent cardiovascular diseases and also diabetes.
Plant Based Protein for the win
Plant-based protein powder is not only packed with protein, but also aids in weight loss because it is lower in calories than animal protein and higher in fiber and nutrients.