In the past, smoothies have gotten a bad reputation because they are full of processed sugars and other ingredients you can’t pronounce, so they couldn’t possibly be considered a healthy food. While this might be true for most smoothies you purchase at smoothie shops, did you know you could make easy high protein smoothies right in your own kitchen?
Why do I love smoothies?
Smoothies are convenient
Just add your ingredients to a blender, push the blend button, pour into your glass, and drink. To make it even more convenient, you can prepare your smoothie ingredients ahead of time. Fill a quart size baggie with your favorite smoothie ingredients and store in the freezer until ready to use. Frozen ingredients help make your smoothie icy cold and thick. Need to drink your smoothie while on the go? Simply pour into your favorite drink bottle, and you have a healthy on the go meal in minutes.
Smoothies can be a great way to fuel your day
Using a handful of nutrient-dense ingredients, a smoothie is a deceptively simple way to add protein, calcium, fiber, and vitamins to boost your immune system and jump-start your metabolism.
A basic smoothie recipe is easy to build upon
Throw in some spinach, kale, or berries to the blender to strengthen the antioxidant power.
Smoothies use whole foods
Unlike juicing, which extracts the juices out of fruits and vegetables, separating them from the pulp, smoothies give you the whole food. When blending a smoothie, you are blending every last bit of the fruits and vegetables you use. This means the skin, the meat of the fruit or vegetable, sometimes the seeds, and most of the time, the skin. With a smoothie, you are getting all the benefits of the pulp, which generally gets discarded when juicing. Using whole fruits like pears, apples, bananas, and berries in your smoothies add tons of insoluble fiber to your diet. This means you will be a lot closer to getting your recommended grams of fiber each day.
Ready to try making one of these frosty delights?
I have collected a few of my favorite easy high protein smoothie recipes; whether you are looking to satisfy a craving for something sweet, detox your body, or indulge your chocolate passion, I know you will love these recipes.
Easy High Protein Smoothie Recipes
This smoothie recipe is a great way to kick-start your morning with fresh fruits, vegetables, high protein, and an added boost of fiber.
When chocolate cravings creep in and you want something healthier than a bowl of ice cream, try making a banana chocolate smoothie instead. This combination of cocoa, banana, and peanut butter makes the perfect creamy smoothie for a nutritious breakfast or a sweet dessert.
Vitamin-packed almond milk added to antioxidant-rich blueberries, and tangy, vitamin C loaded lemons makes this smoothie as nutritious as it is delicious.
With only a few ingredients, you can whip up this deceptively simple high protein smoothie. Loaded with calcium, fiber, and lots of other vitamins, this smoothie is the perfect way to begin your day. The apples and frozen banana slices blend together to give you the perfect amount of sweetness, while the cinnamon adds just the right amount of spice. Cottage cheese and flax seed meal provide a good amount of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, which will help keep you going strong until lunchtime. And if you want to boost the antioxidant power, throw in a handful of spinach, kale, or berries.
If you want to get more carrots into your diet, this carrot cake smoothie fits the bill for sure. Adding a touch of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg makes this taste just like carrot cake–only it is much healthier!
The ingredients in this super green smoothie are simple, affordable, and packed with all kinds of nutritious goodness. Filled with fruits and vegetables, this smoothie is sure to please. It’s easy to prepare.
This is an orange smoothie filled with whole fruits, cottage cheese, almond milk, and ground flax seed. Each sip is packed with healthy fiber, vitamin C, and protein. A touch of vanilla makes this fresh and creamy drink taste just like an orange creamsicle.
Juicy summer peaches or nectarines and a touch of tangy lemon make this the perfect summer smoothie for a healthy breakfast or snack your whole family will love
Indulge your sweet tooth with this delicious and satisfying raspberry chocolate smoothie made with raspberries, grapes, and frozen banana slices. It makes a great breakfast treat or thicken it with more ice and serve as a guilt-free dessert.
Frozen strawberries and bananas make this thick and creamy drink taste just like you are drinking a strawberry milkshake. All the taste with none of the guilt.
Looking for a refreshing way to begin your day? This smoothie is just what you need. Filled with juicy watermelon, sweet strawberries, and a splash of lime, this smoothie is amazingly refreshing. High protein from the cottage cheese and added fiber from the flaxseed meal make this smoothie a perfect way to energize your day.