Strawberry Protein Smoothie — Smart In The Kitchen


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A High-Protein Smoothie to Start Your Morning Right

It’s Strawberry Protein Smoothie season around here. When it’s cool and grey, I don’t crave smoothies and my Vitamix goes into hibernation. And then like clockwork, I start making a smoothie every morning. It’s usually after the first batch of humid weather in Houston. I’m not used to the sudden shift in temperature and my body is tired and depleted from the heat and heavy air (there’s no other way to describe it!). Lately, I’ve been craving a healthier, lower-sugar, higher-protein smoothie. And this Strawberry Protein Smoothie rings in at 40 grams of protein in 1 cup!

My kids used to want a very simple strawberry-banana variation on repeat. I could never add protein powder, collagen peptides, frozen cauliflower, chia seeds or spinach. It was a very basic combo of frozen strawberries, banana and vanilla yogurt. More like a lassi! But over the years, we’ve evolved. Now I can add avocado or frozen coconut, nut butter for extra protein, frozen spinach and cauliflower and other nutritional add-ins. I wanted to share our latest iteration with you all in case your morning routine is calling for a hefty dose of protein, like mine.

A variation made with raspberries instead of strawberries and no yogurt
It was good!

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Strawberry Protein Smoothie

No matter the season, this strawberry protein smoothie will keep you full and satiated.

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time0 minutes

Course: Breakfast, Breakfast or Snack

Keyword: breakfast, healthy breakfast, protein smoothie, smoothie

Servings: 1

Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop protein powder plain or vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 to 1 cup strawberries frozen or fresh
  • 1/4 cup spinach leaves frozen or fresh
  • 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower riced or florets
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop ice

Notes

+ I use 365 Brand Whey Grassfed Vanilla Protein Powder (I prefer the plain version in the same brand, but sometimes it’s difficult to find).
 
+ If using fresh spinach leaves, be sure to pack them down. More is more. But you can use any leafy greens here, kale leaves are great, too!
 
+ I prefer to use water for my liquid, but you can also use plain unsweetened almond milk.
 
+ If you want to keep this dairy-free, omit the Greek yogurt or use coconut or almond milk yogurt.
 
+ Instead of chia seeds, you also add hemp seeds for an Omega-3 heart-healthy component.
 
+ If you like a sweeter smoothie, add more strawberries or half a banana.
 
+ Sometimes I add frozen coconut because I think it tastes good! Whatever floats your boat!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 937IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 4mg



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