Smoothies are an excellent way to load up your diet with a wide array of fruits and vegetables while offering the opportunity to increase your protein intake as well. Adding protein powder to your smoothies on top of the nutrients it already contains can help to not only increase satiety and keep you full for longer, but also contribute to healthy weight loss without limiting your body in the things it can eat.
If you’re looking for inspiration for delicious and filling protein-packed smoothies to make as you work towards a healthier lifestyle, we rounded up a variety of flavors to try that will satisfy your cravings while also helping you feel more confident in your body.
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Strawberry Shortcake Protein Smoothie
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants which are great for both your overall health and your skin, and paired with a vanilla protein powder the flavorings can make a satisfying shortcake taste adjacent to dessert but much more nutritionally dense. Oats provide a great and filling source of carbs to help bulk up this shake, and for a boost of fiber, chia or flax seeds make an excellent addition.
Ingredient: Oats, strawberries, banana, vanilla yogurt, almond milk, honey, vanilla extract, almond extract, ice, vanilla protein powder
Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
If you’re in the mood for a chocolatey treat that also helps you work towards your weight loss goals, this will be the perfect smoothie for the job. Frozen banana will give this drink a creamy and smooth texture while offering a serving of fiber and carbs, and cacao gives the drink a decadent flavor in combination with a chocolate protein powder. Coming in at 351 calories, enjoy this smoothie after a tough workout or to start your day for ample energy.
Ingredients: Frozen banana, Greek yogurt, cacao powder, chocolate protein powder, coconut milk, honey, ice
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
This thick and creamy smoothie is perfect for peanut butter lovers and combines a healthy source of carbs, protein, and fat for a filling and decadent meal that will reduce the need for snacking and promote sustainable weight loss. Made with ingredients you likely already have in your home, this smoothie will quickly become a fan favorite as we begin to transition into warmer weather.
Ingredients: Almond milk, banana, creamy peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cinamon, ice, vanilla protein powder
Coffee Protein Smoothie
Need a boost of energy to get you through the day while also nourishing your body with a serving of protein? This coffee smoothie provides the best of both worlds, filling you up and offering a kick of caffeine that should propel you through the remaining hours without a crash. Throw in some hemp hearts and flax seed for even more fiber and you’ll be set for the day.
Ingredients: Almond milk, brewed coffee, frozen banana, almond butter, flax seeds, hemp hearts, Medjool dates, cacao nibs, cinnamon, salt
High Protein Blueberry Smoothie
This integrates blueberries for a healthy source of antioxidants and spinach to help you reach your daily requirement of greens while also filling up on protein for a delicious recipe and simple breakfast. Lower in carbs than the other recipes and packed with healthy fats and fiber, this meal is a basic and delicious treat.
Ingredients: Spinach, blueberries, ground flax seeds, nut butter, vanilla protein powder, dairy free milk