Love smoothies but wish they had more protein? Try this Tropical Tofu Shake.
My first experience with tofu was not a positive one. I ordered a vegetarian dish at a Chinese restaurant and when it arrived at the table, I knew I should have ordered my customary Hunan Chicken, no mushrooms, instead. Giant lily white blobs hid all of the brightly colored vegetables that I really wanted to eat. So much tofu, so few veggies. I think I went out for a burger when I left the restaurant.
Tofu Recipes I Love
My opinion of tofu has changed dramatically since then. I don’t usually order it in restaurants, but I cook with it often in dishes like:
- Tofu Scramble with Swiss Chard
- Indian Spinach Curry (Palak Paneer)
- Chocolate Pie (yes, chocolate pie!)
- Summer Rolls with Ponzu-Glazed Tofu
Today, I’m using tofu in a different way. I love smoothies, but let’s face it – most of them contain a lot of sugar and very little protein. The tofu in this Tropical Tofu Shake adds creaminess and a whopping 10g of protein per serving. The shake isn’t particularly sweet, so feel free to add more honey if your meal plan allows it. I also encourage you to exercise your imagination when it comes to the fruit. You could try pineapple, papaya, or mango, for example. If you are vegan, use a plant-based sweetener instead of the honey.
Tofu is no longer on my list of yucky foods. How about you?
Tropical Tofu Shake
- 16 ounces silken tofu drained
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- 1 cup frozen whole strawberries
- 1 banana
- 2 teaspoons honey
Combine all ingredients in blender container and blend until smooth.
Use any combination of fruit you want. You'll need 1.5 to 2 cups total.
If you want a thicker shake, use less coconut water.
Vegan? Use another sweetener besides honey.