A smoothie has the potential to hold within it a wealth of benefits for you. And, since breakfast is THE most important meal of your day, a smoothie can really come in handy. If you find yourself cramped for time in the mornings, then smoothies are for you as they are a quick and super easy way to gain those important nutrients you might be missing out on.
Smoothies aren’t just for breakfast either; you can make one for a snack, for lunch or even for dinner! Try out these delicious protein packed smoothie recipes for those days when only a smoothie will do.
1. Iced Coffee Protein Shake
2 Cups of Ice
3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Cup Cold Brewed Coffee (unsweetened)
1 Chopped Frozen Banana
1 Scoop of Protein Powder (Chocolate or Vanilla)
Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Start with less ice and keep adding more until you reach your preferred consistency. If you like a richer taste feel free to add a small amount of peanut butter or plain greek yogurt.
2. Vegan Chunky Monkey Protein Smoothie
3/4 of a frozen banana
4-5 ice cubes
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
1-2 Tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Directions: Blend all of the ingredients all up and enjoy yourself!!
3. Spinach Banana Protein Smoothie
1 tablespoon almond butter
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
3/4 cup water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 huge handful spinach
Directions: Add all ingredients to blender and puree to desired consistency.
4. Gluten Free Post Workout Green Smoothie
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1-inch piece* of fresh ginger, peeled
2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup almond milk (or plain Greek yogurt**)
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender. Pulse until smooth. Serve immediately, sprinkled with extra chia seeds on top, if desired. (If the smoothie is too thick, you can add in more coconut water to thin it out. Or if it is too thin, you can add in a handful of ice.)
*1-inch piece fresh ginger = about 1.5 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger = about 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
5. Coldbuster Immune Boosting Smoothie
10 oz. Orange Juice
4 oz. Peach Greek Yogurt, frozen
1 cup Strawberries, frozen
1 cup Peaches, frozen
1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks, frozen
Handful of Ice Cubes
Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.
Servings: 2 (approx. 18-20 oz. each)
6. Mango, Ginger, & Tumeric Smoothie
3/4 cup mango cubes (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/2-in piece of ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
3/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
3-4 ice cubes (if using fresh mango)
Honey to taste
Directions: Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Enjoy right away.
So, do you drink smoothies often? If so, I would LOVE to hear what your faves are! If you never have tried one, go ahead and test one of these yummy recipes out and let us know what you think below.
Here’s to our health! Salut!