High Protein Smoothies to Pack your Nutrients for the day

Shedding some pounds is your ultimate goal, but changing the size of your menu alone doesn’t work. Reducing calories doesn’t mean to sacrifice your nutrients for the day. That too your breakfast supplies the main source of nutrients for the day. A smoothie is the best option to get a nutrient-packed meal or snack or stat. They can provide you everything you need – protein, healthy fats, veggies, and fruits in one to-go cup.

Here we see some interesting protein rich smoothie recipes,

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin gives you a high protein rich alternate for your normal melons,

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt1
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk3
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth – this may take longer if your blender isn’t very strong. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  2. Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick. Add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture, if desired. Add more spices to taste, if desired.

Cherry Berry Smoothies

This shake is packed with proteins, healthy fats and fibers. It can be a breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sweet cherries, pitted (frozen, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (frozen, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen, if desired)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 serving unsweetened vanilla whey protein powder (Pasternak prefers Source Organic Whey)
  • 5 cashews

Directions:

Place all ingredients in blender in order listed above. Secure lid and blend for about 1 minute. If a thinner consistency is desired, add a little water and blend for about 20 more seconds.

Green warrior

Most of us have an aversion against greens on the plate, this smoothie gives the perfect solution for that and thanks to ingredients like coconut oil, mango, and grapefruit, this sweet smoothie is a vitamin-packed powerhouse.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh red grapefruit juice*
  • 1 cup (25 g) destemmed dinosaur/lacinato kale or baby spinach**
  • 1 large sweet apple (200 g), cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup (130 g) chopped cucumber
  • 1 medium/large stalk celery (85 g), chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons (30 to 40 g) hemp hearts, to taste
  • 1/3 cup (55 g) frozen mango
  • 2 tablespoons (4 g) packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil (optional)

Directions:

  1. Juice a red grapefruit and add 1/2 cup grapefruit juice to the blender.
  2. Now add the kale (or spinach), apple, cucumber, celery, hemp, mango, mint, coconut oil (if using), and ice. Blend on high until super smooth. (If using a Vitamix, use the tamper stick to push it down until it blends). You can add a bit of water if necessary to get it blending.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately! This makes enough for a large glass with some leftover so you can also divide it into two servings and save one for later.

Berry Banana Shake

Adding ground flax to this classic protein shake provides you with extra fiber, heart-healthy omega-3 fats, and disease-fighting lignans.

Ingredients:

12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
2 scoops vanilla or strawberry flavored protein powder
1 banana
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of spinach
2 tbsp of ground flax

Directions:

Place all ingredients in blender in order listed above. Secure lid and blend for about 1 minute. If a thinner consistency is desired, add a little water and blend for about 20 more seconds.

Kale Cucumber Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 cup pear
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 serving unsweetened vanilla whey protein powder (Pasternak prefers Source Organic Whey)
  • 5 raw cashews

Directions:

Place all ingredients in blender in order listed above. Secure lid and blend for about 1 minute. If a thinner consistency is desired, add a little water and blend for about 20 more seconds.

 

 

 

 

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