Smoothies can be healthy, especially if you make them yourself. I came across a sweet smoothie recipe that I wanted to share with you that’s not only packed with protein, but also full of nutritious veggies. If you want the best of both worlds, this may be the perfect meal-replacement smoothie.
The thing you have to watch about smoothies is the sugar content. This is especially problematic when it comes to smoothies purchased at restaurants or food vendors.
When they’re packed full of fruit juice or frozen yogurt, they end up being all carbs and sugar. Not only will this make you crash within a couple hours, it will also contribute to weight gain if you don’t burn off all those extra calories.
So I generally recommend making your own smoothies at home. All you need is a decent blender or a magic bullet, and some easy ingredients on hand.
Healthy High-Protein Green Smoothie Recipe
Here’s the recipe for this awesome green smoothie– I guarantee you, this one tastes great, and is really satisfying whether you’re fueling up after a workout or just kicking off your day.
Blend together the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of almond milk (I like to go with the unsweetened kind, so there’s no processed sugars added)
- 1 frozen or chilled banana
- 1 scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder (my top picks are either Optimum 100% Natural Whey or Vega Sport Performance Protein)
- 1 cup of fresh organic baby spinach
- ½ cup of fresh kale
- ½ cup of fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon of Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 4-5 ice cubes (or as desired)
The spinach, kale, and parsley make for some serious nutritional content in this protein smoothie. In addition to the veggies, the chia seeds offer some extra protein and some healthy omega-3 fatty acids, both of which will offer a boost of energy and increase your metabolism.
The banana and honey are also great natural sources of energy, and can really improve your recovery after a workout – or just keep you moving while you’re at the gym.
Need a Little Green Energy Boost?
If you’re looking for a bigger boost in energy, you can add a couple of scoops of Green Foods Matcha Green Tea. The flavor goes really well with all of these ingredients, and actually makes this smoothie even more satisfying in my opinion.
Plus the added matcha powder offers an awesome kick start when enjoyed in the morning, and can even replace your daily coffee.
One More Green Ingredient…
If extra vitamin and mineral support is your main concern, check out Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Powder. It’s an easy addition to any smoothie (all you need is a tablespoon or so), and it’s packed full of plant-based vitamins and minerals to support a healthy lifestyle. Add it to this high-protein green veggie smoothie, or use it in other smoothie and shake recipes.
Have any questions or feedback about my Protein-Packed Green Veggie Smoothie? Please leave a comment below…