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34 Delicious High-Protein Smoothie Recipes

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by Chad, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Not a bodybuilder? Enjoy a protein smoothie anyway! Our bodies need protein for healthy skin, hair, bones, and heart. Plus a protein-packed breakfast can prevent overeating, and a dose of protein after resistance training helps build and repair muscle tissue (especially when you consume a blend of proteins).

    The secret to mixing something up you'll look forward to sipping is striking the right balance between protein sources (such as Greek yogurt, protein powder, and peanut butter) and sweet and/or savory add-ins—something all of the recipes below have nailed. These recipes also have eight or more grams of protein, are derived from whole food sources with minimal ingredients, and make us drool a little bit. Bottoms up!

    Photo: Cookin' Canuck

    1. Coffee Banana Smoothie
    Protein source:
    Greek yogurt, flax seeds
    Enjoy a breakfast of yogurt, banana, and coffee—all from the same cup. Caffeine pairs with protein for an exceptional energy boost.

    2. Sunrise Smoothie
    Protein source:
    Greek yogurt
    Take a (sort-of- not-really) vacation when sipping this tropical smoothie. It calls for Greek yogurt and antioxidant-rich berries, an orange, and a banana.

    3. Kale, Berry, and Açai Power Smoothie
    Protein source:
    flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp protein powder
    Green smoothie ingredients sometimes get a bad rap, but banana and berries mask the bold taste of kale in this recipe. Bonus: The tablespoon of açai powder may help boost energy, while cinnamon helps reduce inflammation.

    4. Roasted Strawberry Protein Smoothie
    Protein source:
    cottage cheese, milk, chia seeds
    For a serious flavor boost, roast strawberries before tossing them into this blend. The creamy cottage cheese is a tasty alternative for those not partial to Greek yogurt’s tangy flavor profile.

    5. Hot Chocolate Protein Shake
    Protein source:
    milk, egg, whey powder
    A volatile vortex means it’s worth having this warm recipe on hand at all times. Plus it makes a (healthy) meal out of classic hot chocolate, working in both protein-packed whey and unsweetened cocoa powder.

    6. Skinny Green Monster Smoothie
    Protein source:
    peanut butter, Greek yogurt
    Holy nutrients, Batman! The spinach alone serves up vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, magnesium, and calcium. Allergic to peanuts? Try one of these tasty peanut butter alternatives.

    7. Coconut Almond Ginger Protein Shake
    Protein source:
    almonds, protein powder
    Switch up a savory breakfast when opting for this sweet, still-healthy smoothie. Almonds and spices deliciously complement the crazy-versatile coconut oil.

    8. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oat Smoothie
    Protein source:
    Peanut butter, flax seeds
    All the fixings of a healthy breakfast—peanut butter, banana, and rolled oats—but with a creamy taste of a milkshake. Need we say more?

    9. Banana Raspberry Chia Smoothie
    Protein source:
    Greek yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds
    Frozen bananas, raspberries, and spice make busy mornings nice (and full of antioxidants). The best part: This recipe takes only five minutes to make.

    10. Almond and Cookie Butter Protein Shake
    Protein source:
    protein powder, almond butter
    Cookie butter (essentially gingerbread cookie crumbs mixed into almond butter) is totally a thing, and the littlest bit doesn’t really offset the nutritional quality of this protein-rich, almond-butter-based smoothie.

    11. Strawberry Banana Smoothie With Chia Seeds
    Protein source:
    chia seeds
    Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right? Bland but nutrient-packed chia seeds sneak protein into the classic strawberry-banana smoothie combo.

    12. Spinach, Kiwi, and Chia Seed Smoothie
    Protein source:
    chia seeds
    A green smoothie that tastes anything but. Bananas sweeten it up, while tart kiwis keep it from feeling too much like dessert.

    13. Blueberry Mango Smoothie
    Protein source:
    Greek yogurt, dairy milk
    Really, you can sip this smoothie anytime—but the fresh taste of antioxidant-rich blueberries and mango is a convincing reason to get out of bed in the morning.[/SIZE]

    Photo: Daily Burn

    14. Papaya Ginger Smoothie
    [/B]Protein source: [/B]Greek yogurt
    Thanks to its high fiber content, papaya has been shown to promote digestion, says nutritionist Michelle Davenport, Ph.D. So if breakfast isn’t sitting well with your stomach, stick to this smoothie Rx. Bonus: It also includes ginger.

    15. Kale, Banana, Chia, and Hemp Superfood Smoothie
    Protein source:
    hemp and chia seeds
    A sugar hack for smoothies? Pitted dates. They’re a natural, fiber-filled sweetener that will satisfy a sweet tooth without added sugars (they also break down easier in a blender when soaked beforehand).

    16. Green Warrior Protein Smoothie
    Protein source:
    hemp hearts
    A quarter cup of hemp hearts—seeds similar to sunflower seeds and pine nuts—provides about 15 grams of protein, almost 3 grams of fiber, and may help to prevent hypertension, Davenport says. Mixing them with bananas and apples makes for a sweet, creamy sip.

    17. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
    Protein source:
    peanut butter, whey protein powder
    It’s peanut-butter-jelly time! Berries, peanut butter, rolled oats, and protein powder give the bread (and taste buds) a break.

    18. Vanilla Matcha Avocado Smoothie
    Protein source:
    vegan protein powder
    So, those amazing benefits of green tea? Get them by sprinkling a half teaspoon of matcha powder—finely ground green tea—into this smoothie.

    19. Blueberry Pineapple Oatmeal Smoothie
    Protein source:
    protein powder, Greek yogurt
    Here’s a sunny twist on a staple breakfast. But feel free to break this recipe’s rules by adding whatever fruit or greens you have on hand.[/SIZE]

    Photo: Noble Pig

    20. Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Smoothie
    Protein source: Greek yogurt, quinoa, chia seeds
    Not only is it a complete protein, but quinoa is a prime source of fiber, iron, and magnesium. And its taste is cleverly paired with other smoothie ingredients, including strawberries, bananas, and vanilla almond milk.

    21. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake
    Protein source: protein powder
    Between the dark chocolate protein powder and the cocoa powder, chocolate lovers are going to want this drink morning, noon, and night. Which is fine, since dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can help regulate stress.

    22. Cool 'n' Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie
    Protein source: Greek yogurt
    Fruit salads are a great snack—almost as great as this creamy mix of cantaloupe chunks, Greek yogurt, and honey.

    23. Cherry Almond Smoothie
    Protein source: almond butter, protein powder, milk
    Put a craving for cherry ice cream on, well, ice when sipping this cherry smoothie instead. Cherries are also an anti-inflammatory, so this snack choice is pretty painless. (Get it?)

    24. Honey Banana Smoothie
    Protein source: Greek yogurt
    Want to get back to smoothie basics? This recipe does the trick by using only five ingredients (though there’s plenty of room to add cacao nibs).

    25. Chocolate Espresso Smoothie
    Protein source: protein powder
    Order up! This latte-like smoothie skips the sugar and uses greenish bananas and chocolate protein powder instead.

    26. Pineapple Coconut Milk
    Protein source: chia seeds, Greek yogurt
    If you like piña coladas... then spring for this smoothie! Pineapple and coconut milk mimic the signature cocktail’s taste, while chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and rolled oats ramp up nutrition. Tiny drink umbrellas optional.

    27. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
    Protein source: Greek yogurt, milk, peanut butter
    Treat yo’self to a creamy, candy-inspired smoothie that fuels both muscles and taste buds (and is way more nutritious than a Reese’s).

    Photo: Eating Bird Food

    28. Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie
    [/B]Protein source:[/B] protein powder
    For a dessert that won’t undo a workout, blend carrot juice, almond milk, a banana, and sugar’s healthy swap, cinnamon. Then sip. Aaaahh.

    29. Green Vanilla Almond Post-Workout Shake
    Protein source:
    almond butter, protein powder
    Milkshakes can go green too—and this one excerpted from Clean Green Drinks gets rave reviews. The sweetness of the banana, coconut milk, and vanilla protein powder overpowers the spinach flavor while keeping things healthy.

    30. Pomegranate Protein Smoothie
    Protein source:
    protein powder
    Keep recovery simple with pomegranate juice and seeds and protein powder. Not only are they tasty, but pomegranates have high contents of vitamins C and K, fiber, and antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, Davenport says.

    31. Strawberry Almond Protein Dream Smoothie
    Protein source:
    All you need is three ingredients (plus water) to make this creamy, dreamy drink. Dates sweeten up the action, while almonds bring protein and fiber and strawberries pack the antioxidants.

    32. Peachy Strawberry Protein Smoothie
    Protein source:
    protein powder
    Sit back and unwind with this refreshing, fruity smoothie that’s basically fro-yo in a glass (but with non-dairy, delicious coconut milk instead of moo juice). You’re welcome.

    33. Orange Mango Recovery Smoothie
    Protein source:
    protein powder, cashews
    After protein, super spice turmeric is what sets this recovery smoothie apart. The spice is an anti-inflammatory that’s also high in antioxidants.

    34. Spinach Banana Smoothie
    Protein source:
    almond butter, protein powder
    Handfuls of puréed spinach may not sound appetizing (unless you’re Popeye), but a ripe banana sweetens the taste. Cheers to sipping down vitamin A and iron from the spinach without tasting it.[/SIZE]

    source: High-Protein Smoothie Recipes: 34 Surprisingly Delicious Shakes You Can Make | Greatist
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  2. Thanks for these. I have been having quite a time getting my protein up to even the minimum of 60 grams a day. Normal for me has been 45-50, and my nails are breaking, and my hair is losing its texture and body. Having had the gastric sleeve procedure done two years ago, it's the proteins that I have the most problem getting in!

    I will definitely begin incorporating a smoothie more often, now that I have a Vitamix to make it all so easy! I just had no imagination for them, although I did make one several times, but got bored with it!
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  3. You see these methods, I am very grateful to God added human wisdom. More thank God made these dazzling,Can be applied to human beings in God's wisdom to do the things you like. with a wealth of nutrition for people to enjoy,Giving the body a variety of nutrients needed. Thank God! Just likeAlmighty God says:“God created man, and he gave man his breath and also gave man some of his wisdom, of his power, and of what he has and is. After God gave man these, man could do something independently and think something independently. If what man thought out or what he did was good in God’s eyes, God would accept it and not interfere in it, and as for the right things man did, God would let them be so. Therefore, what does the word “and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof” mean? It means that God did not make any alteration to the name of each living creature and that whatever Adam called it, God said, “Yes,” and God decided what that thing was called. Did God have any objection? No. This is certain! What have you seen here? God has given man wisdom, and man does things with the wisdom given by God; if what man does is a positive thing in God’s eyes, it is approved, acknowledged, and accepted by God, and God does not pass any judgment or make any criticism on it. This is something no human being or evil spirit or satan can do.”
  4. Where is this quote from, and what are you trying to say? It certainly isn't from God's word.
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