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13 High Protein Smoothie Recipes to Fuel Your Day

Whether you’re new to healthy smoothie recipes, or a seasoned veteran looking to shake it up a little with new protein smoothies, you’re in the right place! Come for a little spin with me to find your perfect match!

Protein smoothie recipes

With that, let’s take a quick poll… which of these sounds the most like you:

  1. Give me ALL the chocolate!
  2. Fruity drinks are my jam!
  3. I’m just keepin’ it simple (and healthy)! 
  4. Wake me up, I need coffee!
  5. Cinnamon and/or cookie treats, please!

If you answered YASSS to any of the above, we have protein smoothies just for you!

Fast, Quick, Easy, & Nutritious!

Let’s be real, we are ALL busy to one extent or another. You might work long hours, travel for business, or work in-home taking care of kiddos, fur babies, or a sick friend/relative. Sometimes, it feels like there’s just not enough hours in the day. Am I right?! 

As a LadyBoss® Personal Results Coach, women tell me all the time that they struggle to find time to eat. It’s one of the most common things I hear. One way to help combat this issue is to minimize the amount of time it takes to put together something healthy and delicious. 

Well, hello there, highly nutritious, undeniably delicious, throw-in-the-blender-and-go, high protein smoothies!

If you struggle with finding time to eat, skipping a meal, missing meal prep – it’s about time you experience these no-fuss, easy recipes to help you get that much-needed nutrition and keep your body going – even on your busiest days.

Protein in the HOUSE!

High Protein SmoothiesYou may be wondering why it’s important to include protein in your diet. In a very short summary, protein is considered the building blocks of life. Sounds important, right? It is! Protein is important for you to include in your diet because it’s used to help your body repair cells, make new ones, and it’s a significant component to growth and development.  

Additionally, increasing protein intake boosts satiety hormones and reduces levels of your hunger hormone.  This means, you will feel fuller, which may help prevent unnecessary snacking on less-healthy food choices.

How Much Protein Do I Need?

According to The National Academy of Medicine, the recommended amount of protein for adults is a minimum of about 7 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight. [2]

How to calculate your own:
Divide your weight by 20, then multiply that number by 7.
For example, if you weigh 160 lbs:
Step 1: 160 lbs / 20 = 8
Step 2: 8 x 7 = 56
56g protein per day, minimum

So there you go, you have a little more information on why protein is important and about how much daily protein you need. Now let’s talk about how to get this important component into your day without needing to spend too much time making it happen!

Tips for Homemade Protein Smoothies

Protein smoothie recipes
Tip #1 – Freeze it First
If you already know you will be short on time throughout the week, freeze your fresh fruit that may be questionable by the end of the week, or pick up some frozen fruit from the freezer section of the grocery store. Next, measure out your smoothie ingredients and portion freezer-friendly ingredients in baggies for each day of the week. This makes for even more time when you don’t have to measure out your components prior to throwing them in the blender.

Tip #2 – Dare to Add Greens
For extra nutritional boost – take a trip to the wild side by adding greens to your protein smoothies! Spinach is such a great addition for many reasons, but would you believe me if I told you it actually contains protein?! It’s true; spinach contains nearly 3g of protein per 3.5 ounces! On first thought, for many, tossing spinach into a smoothie may be out of your comfort zone. I get it, but don’t knock it until you try it! I’m telling you, typically, you can’t taste a handful of spinach when it’s added to your smoothie. Start with a few leaves and increase from there – we are all about baby steps, here! You can also try to add kale or avocado to your protein smoothies!

Detoxifying Pumpkin Smoothie
Protein Count: 23g

Detoxifying pumpkin protein smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups water or dairy-free milk
½ can pumpkin puree
½ banana, frozen
1 handful spinach
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp. chia seeds, ground flax or hemp seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Blend well in a blender.
*Garnish with a dash of allspice and coconut flakes 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Protein count: 23g

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
½ banana, frozen
2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 scoop vanilla protein powder – my fav is LadyBoss® LEAN
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

 Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
Protein Count: 20g

Orange Dreamsicle Protein Smoothie

 

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
1 orange, peeled
½ banana, frozen
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Yellow Submarine Smoothie
Protein Count: 20g

Yellow Submarine Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
¾ cup pineapple 
¼ inch ginger, peeled
½ banana
2 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

No-Fail Protein Smoothie
Protein Count: 34g

No-Fail Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
½ frozen banana
4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop protein powder (any flavor)
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Chocolate-dipped Strawberry Smoothie
Protein Count: 36g
Other Highlights: 10g fiber; high vitamin C & calcium

Chocolate-dipped Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
5 frozen strawberries
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Protein Count: 32g

Cinnamon Roll Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
1-2 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp butter extract
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Jolt Coffee Smoothie
Protein Count: 32g

Jolt Coffee Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1 cup black coffee (cooled)
½ cup skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
½ frozen banana
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
4 ice cubes

Blend well in blender.

Clean & Green Mint Smoothie
Protein Count: 37g

Clean & Green Mint Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
1 handful spinach
2 Tbsp avocado
1 frozen banana
2 Tbsp greek yogurt
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 drops mint extract
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Tropical Vacation Smoothie
Protein Count: 36g

Tropical Vacation Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
½ frozen banana
¼ cup pineapple 
¼ cup mango
3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
Protein Count: 31g

Oatmeal Cookie Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup gluten-free oats
½ banana, frozen
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp chia seeds 
1 Tbsp raisins
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Super Simple Berry Smoothie
Protein Count: 32g

Super Simple Berry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk (can substitute with any dairy-free milk option)
¼ cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen strawberries
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

No Powder, No Problem Protein Smoothie
Protein Count: 29g

No Powder, No Problem Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1½ cups skim milk
1 banana, frozen
½ cup plain greek yogurt
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 handful of ice cubes

Blend well in a blender.

Protein smoothies are an excellent way to get a quick nutritional boost any time of day.  Whether you need a little extra something with your coffee, you want to crush a chocolate craving, you’re in the mood for a refreshing, fruity beverage or just need a way to stay on track during your busiest days, protein smoothies have your back!