Vitamin B12 Smoothie – Really!

One area of concern for vegans is getting enough vitamin B12. To quote the National Institutes of Health “Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Vitamin B12 is generally not present in plant foods, but fortified breakfast cereals are a readily available source of vitamin B12 with high bioavailability for vegetarians. Some nutritional yeast products also contain vitamin B12. Fortified foods vary in formulation, so it is important to read product labels to determine which added nutrients they contain.”

So, to build a vitamin b12 smoothie the ingredients need to include milk and/or eggs. Or, another choice for vegans is to forego trying to get b12 in a smoothie and make use of any number of b12 supplements.

However, if you really want to build a vitamin b12 smoothie, here is a quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 raw egg
  • 1 cup milk (low fat if you wish)
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING)
  • 2 tbs. sweetener (sugar, stevia, etc.)
  • 1tsp. vanilla extract

Everything goes into your favorite blender at the same time and blend until smooth.

Here are links to the National Institute of Health page about b12. And, for vegans, here is a link to The Vegan Society page about b12.

Vitamin B12 Smoothie