Healthy Protein Smoothies

July 16, 2012

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Healthy breakfast smoothies that taste like dessert — I’ll take one of each flavor, please! These Protein Smoothies are rich, creamy and perfectly filling. I’ve shared my go-to recipes for a Blueberry Banana Smoothie and a Pina Colada Smoothie

berry protein smoothies with blueberries and bananas

Easy Protein Smoothies

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it 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 healthy smoothies with almond milk.

Why Almond Milk Smoothies?

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 dairy 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 therefore 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 protein smoothies!

I love how these are delicious AND healthy smoothies! 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 fruit smoothies and share! Pass along a nutritious treat.

Protein Smoothie Ingredients

No protein powders full of mystery ingredients here! For the blueberry banana smoothie recipe, you’ll need:

  • Almond milk
  • Quick oats
  • Strawberry or Blueberry non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Ice cubes

And for the pina colada smoothie, you’ll need:

  • Almond milk
  • Quick oats
  • Strawberry or Vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Banana
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Coconut extract
  • Ice cubes

pina colada protein smoothie in glass with a straw

How to Make Protein Smoothies

  • Combine the oats and almond milk and cook in the microwave.
  • Add cooked oats and the rest of the healthy smoothie ingredients (minus the ice) into a blender. Pulse until combined.
  • Add the ice cubes and pulse until the smoothie is your desired consistency.

Can I Use Another Type of Milk in These Smoothies?

Yes, you can use any type of milk you’d like in these protein smoothies. Just make sure your milk doesn’t contain lots of added sugars!

Can I Make These Smoothies in Advance?

No, these fruit smoothies are best enjoyed right away. For some reason, smoothies don’t freeze and thaw well.

Tips for the Best Protein Smoothies

  • For a colder smoothie, let the oats cool for 5 minutes before adding them to the blender.
  • Feel free to use different flavors of yogurt in these healthy smoothies.
  • Cut back on the amount of almond milk you add for an even thicker smoothie.

More Easy Smoothie Recipes You’ll Love:

Healthy Protein Smoothies

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These healthy protein smoothies taste just like dessert! The recipes are for a blueberry banana smoothie and a pina colada smoothie. So fast and easy!

Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

  • 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

Instructions

  1. For the blueberry banana 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 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.

  2. For the 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 Notes

  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
  • If you want an even colder smoothie, stir the oatmeal after microwaving and allow to cool at least 5 minutes before blending into smoothie.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Protein Smoothies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Protein Smoothie, Smoothie
Author: Jaclyn

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21 Comments

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    These look so good..and your pictures are amazing. I love smoothies for breakfast :)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.