Get your morning boost and sneak in your veggies with this delicious green protein smoothie.
I drink this green protein smoothie for breakfast at least 5 times a week. And I’ve been doing so for at least 5 years. It’s basically a staple in my life now. It’s packed with TONS of protein and it keeps me full until lunch, which can’t be said about most breakfasts. My parents got us a Nutribullet Pro for our wedding, and bless their hearts because I use it every day.
My favorite thing about the green protein smoothie is that I get a cup of spinach in first thing in the morning, and I can’t taste it at all! I struggle getting in all my greens so this is a huge win. This smoothie is also great for your kids if you’re trying to up their veggie intake. Although they probably don’t need the protein powder. You might not either depending on how active you are, it’s up to you. I started adding protein powder in last year when I gained a few pounds of muscle and my metabolism increased. It tastes great either way!
I’ve also recently switched to peanut butter powder, which is life changing. We’ve talked before about my love affair with all things fat. (Read: cheese, butter, ice cream, chocolate, etc.) Peanut butter powder has all the flavor of regular peanut butter in your smoothie but 85% less fat. You’ll probably notice if you use it for, let’s say, a peanut butter sandwich, but I promise you won’t for your smoothie. I also keep the fat low by using ideal lean protein powder, almond milk instead of regular milk, and non fat plain greek yogurt.
Greek yogurt is a discussion of it’s own. My favorite, by far, is Fage plain 0%. I’ve tried lots and lots of plain greek yogurts and I think there’s has the creamiest, best taste that isn’t as tart as others. I’m not a certified nutritionist by any means, so feel free to do your own research, but I do want to talk about why I strongly recommend using plain greek yogurt in your smoothie. The reason is that greek yogurt with fruit is typically very high in sugar. And not just natural sugar, added sugar.
Ingredients in a leading greek yogurt brand for strawberry greek yogurt list cane sugar as the second ingredient. That means there is more sugar in your yogurt than there is fruit! If you want the sweet flavor of fruit, I recommend adding a handful of frozen strawberries or raspberries to your smoothie. Same great taste, no added sugar.
But I almost forgot to tell you the secret ingredient! Frozen bananas! Frozen bananas make a smoothie so much thicker and creamier. Give it a try. What are your favorite smoothies? Maybe someday I’ll take a break from my green protein smoothie and give your’s a try!
- 6 oz almond milk
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup spinach
- ¾ cup greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp peanut butter powder
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
- cocoa nibs (optional)
- Combine all ingredient in a blender and blend until smooth.