This Is the Sneaky Way I Add Protein to My Smoothies—and It’s Not a Chalky Powder

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Pretty much everyone has the exact same complaint about protein powder. No matter which kind you choose to add into your smoothie, it always winds up making that hearty mix of fruit and veggies super chalky—not to mention the icky aftertaste. A combo that's never appealing. That's exactly why one dietitian decided to ditch it altogether and source her protein with frozen peas instead.

Whitney English, RD, the registered dietitian behind Plant-Based Juniors, isn't a big fan of protein powder in general. But she also knows it's not at all required in order to infuse her smoothies with a solid source of plant-based protein. Instead of going for one of the trendiest options—aka pea protein, which is everywhere right now—she decided to go straight to the source and grab a bag of frozen peas out of her freezer.

"The popularity of pea protein got me thinking: Why not just throw the whole pea in? And ya know what, it worked," she wrote on Instagram. "Tossing frozen green peas into your smoothie adds protein (4 grams per 1/2 cup), fiber, and creamy texture without any weird aftertaste."

For the perfect protein-packed smoothie, English recommends combining 1/2 cup of frozen peas with a banana, unsweetened vanilla soy milk, frozen blueberries, hemp seeds, and peanut butter. What you're left with is a morning beverage that not only energizes you and keeps you full until lunch, but also leaves you feeling totally satisfied. Who knows—peas might be the small but mighty addition your blends have been missing.

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