Healthy, Protein-Packed Smoothie Recipes

Do you need a quick nutrition boost? Try these recipes, blending up these concoctions for a quick nutrition fix.

Smoothies are one of the best ways to get a nutrient-packed meal or snack, stat. They can provide everything you need—protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits—all in a to-go cup.

Even more than this: Shakes may be the fastest food of all. “There’s no prep work, no cooking, no cleanup. Just put stuff in a blender and go,” says Brian St. Pierre, M.S., R.D., C.S.C.S., sports dietitian and nutrition coach at Precision Nutrition.

St. Pierre drinks a smoothie every morning as one of his four daily meals. But you can have one to replace lunch or dinner, help you recover after a workout, hold you over between meals, or satisfy a sweet craving. Try these delicious, protein-packed options, all created by top nutritionists.

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1. VERY BERRY SUPER SHAKE

“This shake is packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, phyto-nutrients, and probiotics,” says St. Pierre. “It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”

BLEND THIS:
12 oz water
1 cup spinach
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp walnuts
1 tbsp ground flaxseed

500 calories, 57 g protein, 54 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 11 g fat

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2. APPLE AND GREAT GRAINS SHAKE

This shake tastes like apple pie in a glass, but you won’t find 58 grams of protein in a slice of Grandma’s famous dessert. Most blenders will be able to handle pulverizing an apple, St. Pierre says. Leave the skin on for extra phyto-nutrients.

BLEND THIS:
12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
2 scoops vanilla flavored protein
1 apple, core removed, and sliced into wedges
1 cup of spinach
2 tbsp of almonds
¼ cup of uncooked oats
Ice as needed
Cinnamon to taste

535 calories, 58 g protein, 13 g fat, 46 g carbs, 9 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)

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3. CHOCOLATE, PEANUT BUTTER, AND BANANA SHAKE

You’d never guess that a cup of spinach is hiding in this delicious chocolate andpeanut butter shake.

BLEND THIS:
12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
2 scoops chocolate flavored protein powder
1 banana
1 cup of spinach
2 tbsp of natural peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao nibs or dark cocoa powder

585 calories, 59 g protein, 22 g fat, 38 g carbs, 8 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)

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4. STRAWBERRY BANANA SHAKE

Adding ground flax to this classic protein shake provides you with extra fiber, heart-healthy omega-3 fats, and disease-fighting lignans, St. Pierre says. (Trying to work more healthy fats into your diet? Read The Best Source of Omega-3s.)

BLEND THIS:
12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
2 scoops vanilla or strawberry flavored protein powder
1 banana
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of spinach
2 tbsp of ground flax

490 calories, 55 g protein, 9 g fat, 47 g carbs, 11 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)

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5. CHOCOLATE CHERRY AWESOMENESS SHAKE

Research suggests that cherries can ease soreness after a workout, making this a perfect recovery shake, says St. Pierre.

BLEND THIS:
12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
2 scoops chocolate flavored protein powder
2 cups of sweet dark cherries, pits removed
1 cups of spinach
1 tbsp of walnuts
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp cacao nibs or dark cocoa powder

530 calories, 56 g protein, 13 g fat, 47 g carbs, 9 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)


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