Here is my go-to post-workout protein smoothie recipe. Rajan used to make this for all of us and it became our go-to recipe. We like to make it in batches and freeze it so it’s ready to go post-workouts. It serves two but I usually share the rest with the kids.
Smoothies are so versatile that you can use whatever is in season. If you're looking for a more simple ingredient, no protein powder recipe, check out my Healthy Everyday Berry Smoothie Recipe here. Buying berries in season and freezing them saves time and money. Bananas are about to go bad? Freeze them for these smoothies (or make banana nut muffins with them)! Bought the big box of spinach from Costco but aren’t using it? Freeze it! That’s basically how this smoothie was invented!
- Plant based milk. I use soy but you can also use oat milk or almond milk.
- Berries. I used strawberries and blueberries. Use whatever berries are in season to save yourself some money!
- Protein powder. My favorite is Orgain Simple Protein. I like the vanilla one but if you want a more chocolatey smoothie, use the chocolate protein powder.
- Banana. I add half a banana to 1 banana in these smoothies. It depends on the size and how much I want to make. If I'm making it for myself and the kids, I'll add the full banana in, if it's just for me, I keep it at half.
- Peanut butter: I use the natural, creamy kind. If you’re allergic to nuts you can use sunflower butter or omit the peanut butter.
- Cocoa powder. I love the chocolatey addition to the smoothie.
- Spinach. Added nutrients and fiber without any odd taste, why not?! Spinach and peanut butter are packed with iron and when combined with the berries filled with vitamin C, you just amped up your iron absorption! Win win!
- Vanilla powder. This is optional but I add it to mine for more vanilla flavor.
- Other add-ins:
- Ground flaxseeds for extra fiber and omega 3 FAs
- Chia seeds: I personally don’t like the extra texture in my smoothies but if you do, this is a great addition.
- Coconut flakes. These are a great addition for flavor!
TIPS TO PREP YOUR SMOOTHIE IN ADVANCE
- I've learned that prepping smoothies in advance saves a lot of time. Add all the ingredients except the peanut butter and milk in reusable zip bags and place it in the freezer.
- I freeze the peanut butter in an ice cube tray and add the frozen peanut butter to the smoothie freezer bags. When I add the peanut butter without freezing it in the ice cube trays, I found it was difficult to remove the entire mixture from the bag.
- When you're ready to make the smoothie, just remove one bag at a time, add the milk, and blend it all up! I like a little more liquid when I prep these in advance so you can opt to use more milk or add water. OR just eat it as a smoothie bowl and top it with nuts, seeds, or extra fruits!
- You'll notice the banana makes this smoothie sweet so I don't add any additional sweetener. If you'd like your smoothie to be sweeter, some recommendations that are adding ½ a banana or dates.
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Protein Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk, I use soy or almond
- 1 medium banana
- ½-1 serving protein powder choice
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup packed spinach
- ¼ cup peanut butter, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla, optional
- Add all the ingredients to a powerful blender and blend until smooth in consistency.
- Add more milk if desired and blend well.
- Add all the ingredients except the peanut butter and milk in reusable zip bags and place it in the freezer.
- Freeze the peanut butter in a silicone ice cube tray and add the frozen peanut butter to the smoothie freezer bags. When you're ready to make the smoothie, just remove one bag at a time, add the milk of your choice, and blend well.