Cherry Almond Breeze

Rebuild and repair your muscles post-workout with this delicious cherry almond breeze protein shake.

December 1, 2012
Cherry Almond Breeze

Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup silken tofu, broken up with a fork
1 cup light soy beverage

1 cup sweet dark cherries, pitted

1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp slivered almonds

Soy supplies nearly all the protein in this vegan post-exercise drink. Soy is one of the only plant foods with all of the essential amino acids in sufficient quantities to help meet the body’s needs, including building and repairing muscle. As part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, eating 25 grams a day of soy protein may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Soy and almonds serve up heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Almonds are why this smoothie satisfies nearly 25% of your daily quota for vitamin E, an antioxidant that guards against cell damage, including from excessive exercise. Vitamin E also plays a role in reducing inflammation, as do cherries. Plus, cherries contain compounds that may reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. This drink also provides one-quarter of your daily potassium needs and nearly half the bone-building calcium.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 377 Calories, 23g Protein, 41g Carbohydrates, 6g Fiber, 16g Fat, 1g Saturated fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 177mg Sodium