WEIGHT LOSS & NUTRITION

20 Healthy Protein Smoothie Recipes

  • Shakes: The Most Versatile Meal
    1 / 21 Shakes: The Most Versatile Meal

    Smoothies are a great way 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 better: 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 20 delicious, protein-packed options, all created by top nutritionists.

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  • 1) Very Berry Super Shake
    2 / 21 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
    3 / 21 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)

    Related: Eating Fruits And Vegetables Could Make You As Happy As Getting A Job

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  • 3) Chocolate, Peanut Butter, And Banana Shake
    4 / 21 3) Chocolate, Peanut Butter, And Banana Shake

    You’d never guess that a cup of spinach is hiding in this delicious chocolate and peanut 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
    5 / 21 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.

    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
    6 / 21 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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  • 6) Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Shake
    7 / 21 6) Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Shake

    Tired of the same old fruit smoothies? Try one that tastes like pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is a great source of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes, skin, and immune system, St. Pierre says.

    BLEND THIS:
    12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
    2 scoops vanilla flavored protein powder
    ¾ cup of pureed pumpkin
    1 tbsp of walnuts
    1 tbsp of ground flax
    ½ cup of uncooked oats
    Cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste
    Ice as needed

    535 calories, 60 g protein, 13 g fat, 45 g carbs, 13 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)

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  • 7) Baked Apple Shake
    8 / 21 7) Baked Apple Shake

    The sesame seeds in this shake add unexpected flavor plus a helping ofmagnesium and selenium, says St. Pierre.

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

    510 calories, 57 g protein, 15 g fat, 36 g carbs, 10 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)

     
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  • 8) Tropical Power Shake
    9 / 21 8) Tropical Power Shake

    It’s like a pina colada, but with 58 grams of protein and a cup of spinach.

    BLEND THIS:
    12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
    2 scoops vanilla flavored protein powder
    ½ banana
    1 cup of pineapple
    1 cup of spinach
    1 tbsp of ground flax
    2 tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
    ½ cup plain yogurt or vegan alternative

    525 calories, 58 grams protein, 12 g fat, 46 g carbs, 8.5 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)

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  • 9) Superfood Shake
    10 / 21 9) Superfood Shake

    Nutrients in deeply colored fruits and vegetables like beets and cherries can boost athletic performance and help muscle recovery, says Amy Culp, R.D., a sports dietitian at the University of Texas at Austin.

    BLEND THIS:
    1/2 cup frozen cherries
    8 oz water
    1/2 cup chopped raw beets
    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 banana
    1 scoop chocolate whey protein
    1 tbsp ground flaxseed

    329 calories, 28 g protein, 4 g fat, 52 g carbs, 11 g fiber

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  • 10) Dr. Mike's Power Shake
    11 / 21 10) Dr. Mike's Power Shake

    This smoothie from Roussell packs in a whole cup of blueberries, and you’ll also get a dose of omega-3 fats—good for your brain and heart—from the walnuts and flax.

    BLEND THIS:
    ¼ cup low fat cottage cheese
    1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    2 tbsp flaxseed meal
    2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
    1½ cups water
    3 ice cubes

    389 calories, 33 g protein, 17 g fat, 34 g carbs

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  • 11) Double Chocolate Mint Smoothie
    12 / 21 11) Double Chocolate Mint Smoothie

    With chocolate almond milk, cocoa powder, and cacao nibs, this rich drink fromMens Health nutrition advisor Mike Roussell, Ph.D., will give you a chocolate fix without going overboard on calories.

    BLEND THIS:
    1 scoop chocolate protein powder
    3/4 cup Silk Almond milk, dark chocolate
    1 tbsp walnuts
    2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
    1 tbsp cacao nibs
    2 mint leaves
    4 ice cubes
    ¼ cup water

    292 calories, 25 g protein, 12 g fat, 32 g carbs

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  • 12) Coconut Almond Smoothie
    13 / 21 12) Coconut Almond Smoothie

    Drink this shake from Roussell for a decadent treat: Almond butter makes the mix extra creamy, while dark chocolate almond milk and coconut flakes make it extra tasty.

    BLEND THIS:
    1 scoop chocolate protein powder
    1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
    1 cup Silk Almond milk, dark chocolate
    1 rounded tbsp almond butter
    1½ cups water
    3 ice cubes

    405 calories, 27 g protein, 21 g fat, 33 g carbs

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  • 13) Orange Creamsicle
    14 / 21 13) Orange Creamsicle

    This shake from Roussell tastes just like a creamsicle, but with real ingredients rather than loads of added sugar.

    BLEND THIS:
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    1 orange
    ¼ orange peel
    1 tbsp walnuts
    2 tbsp flaxseed meal
    1 cup water
    ½ cup orange juice
    3 ice cubes

    399 calories, 32 g protein, 14 g fat, 39 g carbs

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  • 14) Strawberry Banana Post-Workout Smoothie
    15 / 21 14) Strawberry Banana Post-Workout Smoothie

    This smoothie makes for the perfect recovery drink. It’s not only loaded with muscle-building protein, but also boasts a blend of healthful nutrients that speed recovery and nourish your body, says Roussell. 

    BLEND THIS:
    Water as needed
    1 cup plain low-fat kefir
    2 tbsp walnuts
    1 cup chopped strawberries
    1 banana
    1 scoop vanilla whey protein

    489 calories, 39 g protein, 11 g fat, 59 g carbs, 7 g fiber

    Related: 6 Fruits And Vegetables You Should Never Peel

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  • 15) Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
    16 / 21 15) Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

    Drink this for the perfect afternoon snack. It’s packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants, and a nearly even amount of carbs and fat. So it’s filling and tasty, says Roussell, and comes in at a very reasonable 347 calories.

    BLEND THIS:
    Water as needed
    2 tbsp flaxmeal
    1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tbsp natural peanut butter
    1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

    347 calories, 33 g protein, 17 g fat, 19 g carbs, 9 g fiber

    Related: Chocolate Milk After Running Is Ideal For Recovery

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  • 16) Mocha Breakfast Shake
    17 / 21 16) Mocha Breakfast Shake

    With this shake from Mens Health nutrition advisor Alan Aragon, you can get your caffeine and protein fix in one gulp. Talk about an efficient breakfast.

    BLEND THIS:
    12 oz cold black coffee
    1 frozen banana
    2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
    1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
    Handful of walnuts
    1 cup of ice

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  • 17) Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie
    18 / 21 17) Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

    This shake may be the definition of a perfectly balanced breakfast. It has a healthy 42-gram dose of protein—which will help you feel fuller the rest of the day, Roussell says—and a nutritious mix of fruit, oats, nuts, and seeds.

    BLEND THIS:
    1 cup blueberries
    1/2 banana
    1 1/2 scoops protein powder
    2 tbsp walnuts
    2 tbsp oats
    1 tbsp chia seeds

    536 calories, 42 g protein, 59 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 18 g fat

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  • 18) Mango Tango Shake
    19 / 21 18) Mango Tango Shake

    Drink this refreshing, substantial smoothie from Aragon to be transported to the tropics—and feel full ’til lunch.

    BLEND THIS:
    2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
    1 cup frozen chopped mango
    1 oz of walnuts
    12 oz orange juice
    Ice as needed

    700 calories, 53 g protein, 20 g fat, 74 g carbs

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  • 19) The Green Monster
    20 / 21 19) The Green Monster

    Research from Ohio State University shows that avocado can unlock the full nutrition potential of certain vegetables and improve the absorption of antioxidants. It’s delicious, too.

    BLEND THIS:
    8 to 10 oz water
    2 stalks kale, stems optional
    1 cup grapes
    1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
    1 strip lemon rind
    1/2 avocado
    Ice as needed

    346 calories, 9 g protein, 12 g fat, 62 g carbohydrates, 11 g fiber

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  • 20) Summertime Blast
    21 / 21 20) Summertime Blast

    “The combo of melon, basil, and pineapple makes the shake super refreshing,”says Franklin Becker, chef of The Little Beet in Manhattan.

    BLEND THIS:
    2/3 cup seedless watermelon
    2 tsp lemon juice
    1/2 cantaloupe
    1 banana
    1/4 cup pineapple
    2/3 cup ice
    4 to 5 fresh basil leaves

    182 calories, 3 g protein, 1 g fat, 47 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber

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