10 Super-Smoothies That Pack a Protein Punch

10 Super-Smoothies That Pack a Protein Punch

You can’t beat a smoothie for a delicious start to the day or a well-deserved pick-me-up after a tough workout.

Why not try adding a few scoops of protein powder to your smoothie to make it even more packed with nutritious goodness?

Protein smoothies are ideal if you’re getting bored with shakes or you just want to try something different. They’re easy to make, the variety of flavours are pretty much endless and you also get plenty of other nutrients and benefits such as fibre, vitamins and a quick energy boost.

In a moment we’ll give you a run down of some of the best smoothie recipes and how to make them. We’ll also give you a guide on how to come up with your own recipes, which flavours compliment each other and how to decide quantities.

So, grab a blender, a glass and a straw and let’s get into the smoothie groove!

Protein Smoothie Recipes

All of the following recipes make enough smoothie mixture for one large glass.

A Date with Coffee Smoothie

Coffee smoothie with dates

Start your day with a delicious coffee flavoured breakfast smoothie that is packed with protein. Especially good if you are about to do a morning exercise routine.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 125g vanilla flavoured ice cream (low-fat)
  • Cup of cold black coffee
  • 250ml skimmed milk
  • 4 dried and pitted dates
  • A handful of chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Mix ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Add more ice cream if consistency too runny.

Super-seed and Berry Protein Smoothie

This berry and seed smoothie has more super-foods ingredients than you can shake a stick at. For that reason, it’s super-nutritious and full of natural energy-producing goodness and vitamins. In fact, this could be the healthiest protein smoothie ever and it tastes great too – what’s not to like?

INGREDIENTS

  • 60g blueberries
  • 50g strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 40g of kale leaves (removed from the stalk)
  • 60ml skimmed milk or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of acai
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 scoops of strawberry, banana or berry flavoured protein powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Add more banana if consistency too runny or add more milk if too dry.

Spiced-up Frozen Hot Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Ok, frozen ‘hot’ chocolate sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it tastes heavenly. And if you don’t like the cold version, just replace the ice with water and heat it up in the microwave for a warm version!

INGREDIENTS

  • 100g porridge oats
  • ½ a container of Greek yoghurt
  • 2 scoops chocolate or hazelnut flavoured protein powder
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 80ml almond or hazelnut milk
  • ½ a frozen banana
  • 5 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS

Mix ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

View the original recipe here

Peanut Butter Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Peanut butter and banana smoothie

Awesomely indulgent flavours, but all healthy and natural ingredients. Treat yourself with this sweet and nutty smoothie that packs a protein punch.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of chocolate or hazelnut protein powder
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp salted natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 250ml almond or hazelnut milk
  • 100ml crushed ice

DIRECTIONS

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Add a pinch of salt to taste if the peanut butter is unsalted. You can use unsweetened cocoa powder instead of cacao powder if you prefer.

View the original recipe here  

Lean Green Protein Smoothie

Packed full of veggie and fruit goodness, this is a fully vegan smoothie (as long as plant-based protein powder is used). You will get a real energy kick from the ingredients and extra protein, ideal as a pre-workout snack as you won’t feel bloated. In fact, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go with the fresh, minty and earthy flavours.

INGREDIENTS

  • 120ml grapefruit juice
  • 25ml kale or spinach
  • 1 apple (Braeburn, cox or gala) cored and chopped roughly
  • 120g chopped cucumber
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 or 2 scoops of strawberry or other fruit flavoured protein powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a blender until smooth. Add stevia or agave nectar to sweeten if necessary.

View the original recipe here

Awesome Avocado Protein Smoothie

Avocados are full of healthy fats, which are great for promoting muscle growth and toning. That’s why this smoothie is ideal for people on a strength training program as a pre or post workout refreshment. Oh, and it’s simple to make as well as tasting gorgeous. No brainer!

INGREDIENTS

  • 200ml almond or hazelnut milk
  • 1tsp green tea powder or green tea leaves
  • ½ a small ripe avocado
  • 1 or 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Replace green tea with mint leaves if preferred for an alternative flavour.

View the original recipe here

Nutty Blueberry Protein Smoothie

blueberry banana nut smoothie

This is a delicious fruit and nut flavoured smoothie that is great as either a snack pre or post workout or even as a dessert. It has a subtle sweetness and nuttiness combined, with plenty of nutritious high fibre ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ frozen banana
  • 120g frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp of natural almond or peanut butter
  • 180ml plain almond or hazelnut milk
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 or 2 scoops vanilla flavoured protein powder

DIRECTIONS

Place ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. For an added swirl effect, pour some coconut milk into your glass and swill it around before serving. If it tastes too sour for your liking, add some more banana or a spoonful of natural sweetener such as stevia or agave nectar.

View the original recipe here

Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie

Ideal for post workout, this smoothie packs in a lot of protein with a wonderful carrot cake flavour. It tastes like an indulgent treat, but it’s 100% healthy, with plenty of nutrients and has the added benefit of filling you up so you won’t get those annoying (and waistline destroying) post-workout munchies!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 300g grated carrot
  • 300ml skimmed milk or plant-based alternative
  • 160g zero fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1tbsp stevia or another natural sweetener (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 or 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans as topping

DIRECTIONS

Place all the ingredients apart from the nuts into a blender and mix thoroughly. Pour into a glass and sprinkle the nuts on top.

View the original recipe here

Choca-cherry-chai Protein Smoothie

This is a deliciously spicy smoothie that contains plenty of natural protein, so you probably need no more than one scoop of protein powder. The chai mixture of spices means that there are more ingredients in this one, but you can always mix up a load of the chai mix and store it in a cupboard for future use. Ideal for pre or post workout, this will keep your energy levels topped up and you’ll feel great.

INGREDIENTS

  • 400g frozen pitted cherries
  • 200g zero or low fat Greek yoghurt
  • 120ml skimmed milk or plant-based alternative
  • 100g ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice

DIRECTIONS

Mix everything together in a blender thoroughly and serve. If the smoothie is too spicy for your taste, reduce the spices to a tiny pinch of each next time.

View the original recipe here

Protein-packed Tropical Punch Smoothie

Let’s finish our smoothie recipes with this tropical punch smoothie, guaranteed to make you feel like you’re on holiday any day of the week! It’s a really tasty mock-tail style drink that’s good for you and provides plenty of protein and energy. Get a paper umbrella, a straw and imagine you’re on the beach!

INGREDIENTS

  • 60g raw pineapple
  • 1 small banana
  • 3 strawberries
  • 240ml coconut milk (tinned)
  • 30ml water or ice
  • 1 or 2 scoops of vanilla, strawberry or banana flavoured protein powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix everything together in a bl… alright, you know what to do!


Invent Your Own Protein Smoothies

Time to get creative! There really isn’t much to it. The basic ingredients of most smoothies are a combination of either ice cream, yoghurt, oats, milk and fruit, nuts and seeds. Add in some protein powder, maybe a few spices or flavourings and you’re golden.

The real secret is to find flavour combinations that work. A good rule of thumb is to choose flavours that go together well in other meals or desserts. For instance, coffee and walnuts or peanut butter and jam. Don’t be afraid to experiment – what’s the worst that can happen.

Also, make sure you’ve got at least a few different flavours of protein powder handy so you can complement other ingredients. Vanilla pretty much goes with everything, and chocolate, hazelnut, strawberry and banana flavours are versatile too.

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