What’s a better way to get in your veggies and protein than a smoothie? On those hot summer mornings, drinking a smoothie seriously feels like dessert. It’s creamy, chocolate-y, and can keep you full for quite awhile- if you add the right ingredients.
I don’t make smoothies for breakfast much anymore, but when I do, it’s usually this simple green protein smoothie. It’s full of spinach, which you don’t even taste, and helps me to get my 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Then I add chocolate protein powder; right now I’m using the Elevation brand from Aldi, but I’m a huge fan of Natures Bounty. Peanut butter powder is next; and while I could use regular peanut butter, it’d be 190 calories for 2 tablespoons as opposed to 50 calories for 2 tablespoons of the powder. It still gives me that peanut butter taste, along with some protein and a little fat!
After that is milk, whatever I have in the fridge. It’s usually skim, but sometimes I’ll have almond milk. Lastly, I’ll add a frozen banana. It’s gotta be frozen, because that’s what makes your smoothie creamy. I like to buy discounted bananas by the truckload and keep them in the freezer for occasions like this! Just chop the bananas, lay them flat on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and place them in a freezer bag once fully frozen.
In this particular smoothie I used Chia seeds; those are optional, but good for adding some fat to your smoothie, which helps keep you full. They do make your smoothie a bit crunchy though, so either blend super well, or just omit them.
This simple green protein smoothie was a staple in my house for a long time while I was losing weight, and it’s still a yummy breakfast or post-workout snack! What do you like to add to your smoothies? Share in the comments and give me more ideas!
- 1 cup milk of choice (dairy, almond, coconut)
- 25 grams chocolate protein powder (1/2 scoop or 1 scoop, depending on your powder's serving size)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
- 1 tablespoon Chia seeds (optional)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
- Place all ingredients, with the milk first, into a blender. Pulse or blend until the smoothie reaches a smooth consistency and the spinach pieces have been fully blended.
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.