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.