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Drinking a smoothie can be a fun, exciting way to start your day—and if your smoothie is full of protein, it makes a great post-workout delight. Some smoothies naturally have a lot of protein, and you can add protein powder to pretty much any other smoothie.
If you search for smoothie recipes, you’ll find a perhaps overwhelming amount. For an easy start with protein smoothies, start with just the below seven recipes.
1. Green protein smoothie
Make a green protein smoothie for a vitamin-filled start to your day. In a blender, add two cups of baby spinach or kale, one cup of almond milk, one banana, two tablespoons of almond butter, and any extras you desire. Blend your mixture on high until the leafy greens and ingredients are smoothly mixed. Add one cup of ice cubes to your smoothie, then blend again for approximately 30 seconds until creamy, and start your day with a green smoothie.
2. Mango smoothie
If you’re craving a sweet smoothie packed with protein, here’s a tasty mango smoothie. In a blender, add half a chopped mango, half a cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt, half a cup of almond milk, one scoop of vanilla protein powder, one teaspoon of honey, and mix on a high setting until smooth. Add in half a cup of ice and blend for an additional 30 seconds and serve.
3. Berry oat hazelnut
Instead of having hot oatmeal for breakfast, you can make a filling berry oat hazelnut smoothie with just a few ingredients. In a blender, add one banana, one cup almond milk (or milk of your choice), one cup of blueberries, a quarter cup of rolled oats, and one tablespoon of hazelnuts. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until smoothly mixed. Bon appétit!
4. Apple banana peanut butter smoothie
With this apple banana peanut butter smoothie, you’ll get a beverage that’s high in fiber and protein. In a high-powered blender, combine one banana, one cored and sliced apple, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and one cup of crushed ice. After your beverage is smooth, you can drink it for a meal or after a workout.
5. Frozen fruit smoothie
Have a refreshing frozen fruit smoothie with this simple recipe. In a blender, add one cup of frozen mixed berries, six ounces of dairy-free strawberry yogurt, and half a cup of unsweetened cashew milk (or your choice of milk). Blend on high power and drizzle in another half cup of milk and serve.
6. Watermelon smoothie
Here’s a cold watermelon smoothie you can drink after a workout. Place two cups of cubed seeded watermelon, five ice cubes, and two tablespoons of honey in a blender and mix on high until smooth. Enjoy.
7. Almond butter & banana protein smoothie
If you like sweet and savory together, try this almond butter and banana protein smoothie. Combine all ingredients in a blender: one small frozen banana, one cup of unsweetened almond milk, two tablespoons of almond butter, two tablespoons unflavored protein powder, one tablespoon of sweetener, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and four ice cubes. Blend the mixture until it’s smooth and serve your delicious smoothie.
What’s your favorite protein smoothie? Share your recipes in the comments!