Healthy Protein Smoothies

07.16.2012

A healthy breakfast smoothie that tastes like dessert, I will take one of each flavor please. I’m a firm believer that healthy foods don’t need to taste like cardboard, indeed they can be just as delicious as their unhealthy competitors. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before but I always like to have a healthy, low calorie breakfast and lunch, then at dinner I splurge a little and always have dessert. I exercise 6 days a week because I think it’s a good balance for me. I watch Food Network while I run on the treadmill, it always keeps me going =). For breakfast I try to keep it around 300-400 calories 6 days a week (every Sunday I make a big brunch and splurge), so I like to have banana oatmeal, whole grain cream of wheat, whole grain cereal with almond milk or these smoothies with almond milk. Yes, I’ve made the change over to almond milk. I didn’t believe it when I heard some random fact of how many people prefer the taste of almond milk to milk until I tried it myself. I always buy the Vanilla or Original flavor that’s 60-70 calories per serving (I always check the label because some have tons of added sugar therefor a lot more calories. I never buy unsweetened). Don’t get me wrong though I still love milk, I just prefer almond milk a little more and the fact that has less calories than milk is a definite bonus. The almond milk goes great in these smoothies.
I love how these are healthy AND delicious! They are packed with protein and antioxidants and they are a good source of fiber. Thanks to that protein and fiber these smoothies will fill you up and keep you going. Pictured is 1/2 serving sizes, so yes, you get two of those glasses per serving listed! Enjoy these smoothies and share! Pass along a nutritious treat.

Healthy Protein Smoothies

Yield: 1 smoothie

Calories per serving: 364 and 24 grams protein

Healthy Protein Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Almond Milk Plus Protein, divided (I used So Delicious brand with 5g added protein)
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 (5.3) oz Strawberry or Blueberry Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 overripe banana, chilled
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, chilled
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • Pina Colada Smoothie
  • 1 cup Almond Milk Plus Protein, divided
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 (5.3) oz Vanilla or Strawberry Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 overripe banana, chilled
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple, chilled
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Directions

  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup Almond Milk with 1/4 cup quick oats. Microwave on high power 2 1/2 minutes. Pour cooked oat mixture into a blender along with remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, Greek yogurt, banana and blueberries. Blend mixture on low speed for 2 minutes or high speed for 1 minute. Add in ice cubes and puree until well blended. Serve immediately.
  • Pina Colada Smoothie
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup Almond Milk with 1/4 cup quick oats. Microwave on high power 2 1/2 minutes. Pour cooked oat mixture into a blender along with remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple and coconut extract. Blend mixture on low speed for 2 minutes or high speed for 1 minute. Add in ice cubes and puree until well blended. Serve immediately.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Notes

If you want an even colder smoothie, stir the oatmeal after microwaving and allow to cool at least 5 minutes before blending into smoothie.

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18 comments

  • momto8blog: oh yum!! your smoothies look fantastic. I make them about 3x/week..and always try a new version..I started using juices instead of milk for a new twist…
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can. July 16, 2012 at 11:45am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Oooh this would be so perfect as a post-workout smoothie! July 16, 2012 at 1:25pm Reply

  • Lauren: the pina colada smoothie is calling my name!! how easy to make too!

    http://www.girlsgonefood.com July 16, 2012 at 4:05pm Reply

  • Anu: Healthy way to start the breakfast July 16, 2012 at 7:16pm Reply

  • Purabi Naha: Loved that smoothie! You are true, healthy food doesnt mean it is yucky, it has to be tasty as well!! Haven’t tried almond milk: makes sense to switch over to almond milk, but what about calcium? I am going to make this smoothie tommorrow morning. July 16, 2012 at 11:47pm Reply

  • Laura Jane: could you explain where the 21 grams of protein come from? The almond milk has only 5grams per cup and oats about 5grams July 17, 2012 at 7:34am Reply

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes: These look so good..and your pictures are amazing. I love smoothies for breakfast :) July 17, 2012 at 9:52am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Laura Jane – to answer your question the 21 grams of protein comes from the sources as follows (it’s actually about 21.5-22):
    13g from Greek yogurt (the best source)
    5g from Almond Milk + Protein
    2.5g from oats
    1-2g from the fruit

    Purabi Naha – in answer to the question about Calcium, I was worried about that too but every Almond Milk I’ve ever purchased has added calcium in it because I think they realize that’s why people may not want to make the switch. I’ve really wanted to make my own almond milk at home but I don’t have a way to add the calcium like what I get at the store so I stick with store bought. It’s so good though, you really should try it! Hope you enjoy!

    Thanks for the comments! July 17, 2012 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Sweetie_CO: Thanks for the explanation regarding the amount of proteins, I was interested in your calculations too.

    One more question: is there any way to add some iron to such a smoothies? I’ve read in the Best Protein Shakes for Women that we need more iron because of our monthly…well, you know what I mean.

    So, I’m looking for a way to get both proteins and necessary vitamins, microelements, etc. combined in a one certain shake or cocktail.

    Any ideas are highly appreciated. July 18, 2012 at 6:00am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Sweetie_CO – if you want to add iron I would say maybe try swapping out the oats for 3 Tbsp Cream of Wheat and cook that with the almond milk. That would give you 50% of the daily iron recommendation. It would increase the calories slightly but only by 25 calories. I love Cream of Wheat so I’ve been wanting to try it that way so you’ll have to let me know if you do. July 18, 2012 at 9:08pm Reply

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  • Leigh: Flavored/ sweetened yogurts are NOT healthy. They contain sometimes over 20 grams of sugar per seving! I make a smoothie similar to this using plain Greek yogurt and it tastes great, because you already have sweetness the fresh fruit.

    Also, as a side note you do not have to cook your oats first. You can add them raw. January 28, 2013 at 11:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I still consider them healthy but I guess that’s just me =). Yes plain greek yogurt would be a healthier alternative but I have a hard time leaving out the sugar, but that’s awesome for you if you enjoy them that way. January 28, 2013 at 1:00pm Reply

  • babrbara: i would like to know if these really taste good ? Dont want to waste anything ! never had almond milk before ! February 22, 2013 at 3:35pm Reply

  • barbara: I would like to know if these smoothies really taste good ? I dont want to buy everything just to be wasted ! i would like to the one with berries Mmm sounds good ! February 22, 2013 at 3:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think they taste really good =), I don’t ever post anything that I don’t think taste good because if I felt like it was a waste of ingredients for me I wouldn’t want hundreds of people to do the same thing and waste their ingredients =). I hope you do love it though! Almond milk is also delicious. Regular milk now tastes sour to me. February 22, 2013 at 9:49pm Reply

      • barbara: sounds good then I ll try it. thanks! February 22, 2013 at 11:54pm Reply

  • Cherilyn: I enjoy almond milk and smoothies so much for mothers day my sweetly bought me the Ninja food processing system he loves his smoothies every morning as well . June 3, 2013 at 7:02am Reply

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