Easy Smoothie Recipes: Add This Healthy Key Ingredient!

Looking for easy smoothie recipes? Here are my favorites, but first…

ARE YOU MISSING THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT TO YOUR HEALTHY SMOOTHIE?

I remember when I started making smoothies – I LOVED them. I would buy a bunch of fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, even tropical fruits) and blend them every morning. The smoothies were delicious, refreshing, and soon became a staple breakfast in my household. I loved my easy smoothie recipes.

 

MY OLD SMOOTHIES

Around that time (early-2000’s) I also joined a gym where I was living in Georgia. With the membership came a free session with a personal trainer. I was excited!  So, I met with the trainer for a free fitness assessment. She asked about my goals and I said my usual (which I had for years). I told her I was, “Trying to get muscle tone, especially my arms – not too bulky of course!” Little did I know how women do not need to fear weights because they DO NOT make you bulky – without major intervention. But that’s a post for another day. 😉

I also told her my goal to lose the 20 lbs I regained recently. Rebound weight gain from another failed diet. I was starting fresh (back-to-basics) so I was ready to get back on track.

The trainer asked about my diet. I was proud to tell her about my fruit smoothie I was drinking every morning.

TRAINER: “What do you put in your smoothie?”

ME: “All kinds of fruit! Lots of great combinations!”

TRAINER: What source of protein do you add to it? Protein powder? Yogurt?”

ME: “Protein? Well, doesn’t fruit have a little protein? Wait, I do add peanut butter to my banana smoothie. Does that count?”

TRAINER: “Well, no. Peanut butter does have a little protein, but it’s mainly a source of healthy fat. You need protein to help build lean muscle (at least 15-20 grams or more in your smoothie). This will also keep hunger at bay and most important – keep blood sugar steady so you won’t get a blood sugar spike from consuming all that fruit at once. Adding protein to your smoothie will help you burn more fat, but also get those toned arms you are striving for.”

Well, that’s all I needed to hear! I wanted to give it a try.

She sent me next door to a smoothie shop (not a Smoothie King, by the way – many of their recipes have TONS of sugar), but a great local business, which specialized in making yummy-tasting, post-workout protein shakes to-go. The owner there was the first to teach me about how you can make your protein shakes that taste like a milkshake. He gave me tons of recipes. In fact, my favorite recipe (Butterfinger – below) came from that smoothie shop!

 

MY FAVORITE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE RECIPES!

For all of my easy smoothie recipes, pick your protein source:

Each recipe is listed with, “one scoop of protein powder.” You may also use a protein powder of choice or a high-protein yogurt like plain, non-fat greek yogurt. My favorite protein powder is whey protein. I love Optimum Nutrition (vanilla) because it’s easy to customize the flavor. Casein or other protein powder blends are also good. You may even choose a vegan or vegetarian option like Plant Fusion.

Look for low carb varieties because you will already be adding carbs with the fruits. Be sure to aim for at least 15 to 20 grams of protein (or more) per scoop.
If choosing Greek yogurt, then choose a low sugar, plain variety with high protein. Fage, nonfat Greek yogurt is my favorite.
Yummy tip: Add lots of ice to blend with your smoothie so it tastes like a milkshake 🙂

 

Butterfinger Shake

1 scoop protein powder
2 tb sugar-free butterscotch pudding (dry mix)
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder (or more, to taste)
1-2 tb peanut butter
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Peanut Butter Cup Shake

1 scoop protein powder
1-2 tb peanut butter
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Shake

1 scoop protein powder
½ cup to 1 cup frozen cheeries
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

1 scoop protein powder
2 tb sugar-free cheesecake pudding (dry mix)
½ to 1 cup frozen strawberries (can also use blueberries, cherries, etc to change flavor)
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Peanut Butter/Banana Shake

1 scoop protein powder
1-2 tb peanut butter
½ to 1 cup sliced banana (can also use frozen banana to make creamier)
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Shake

1 scoop protein powder
½ cup to 1 cup frozen strawberries (can also use raspberries, etc)
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Orange Creamsicle Shake

1 scoop VANILLA protein powder
Low calorie (low sugar) orange juice
Lots of ice and blend

 

Apple Pie Shake

1 scoop protein powder
¼ cup applesauce (low sugar)
Cinnamon to taste
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Triple-Chocolate Smash

1 scoop CHOCOLATE protein powder (or vanilla powder with added unsweet cocoa powder)
2 tb sugar-free chocolate pudding mix (dry mix)
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Mocha Frappuccino Shake

1 scoop protein powder (can use chocolate or vanilla)
1 cup cold, strong coffee
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
Lots of ice and blend

 

“HULK” Green Shake

1 scoop protein powder
Handful fresh spinach
1 frozen banana
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Pina Colada Shake

1 scoop protein powder
½ cup frozen pinapple
½ small frozen banana
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Chocolate Mint Shake

1 scoop protein powder (can use chocolate or vanilla)
1 tsp mint extract
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Pumpkin Pie Shake

1 scoop protein powder
½ small banana
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
Few shakes pumpkin pie spice
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Raspberry Mint Chocolate Shake

1 scoop protein powder
½ cup frozen raspberries
2 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp peppermint extract
Skim milk, almond milk or water
Lots of ice and blend

 

Do you have a great protein smoothie recipe you love? If so, I’d love to hear about it. And don’t forget to add the most important ingredient to your smoothie – the protein!