Smoothies are one of the healthiest and fastest meals you can eat. And the best thing about them is that they are highly customizable. You can make them sweet or sour, fresh or decadent. It all depends on the ingredients you put in the blender. Some choose a green smoothie every morning, while others prefer fruit and berry smoothies, you can also make them a sweet treat with peanut butter and chocolate for the weekend. While we all know how to pack plenty of fruits and vegetables into a smoothie, few of us know how to add protein without using protein powders. And let’s be real: protein powders can really ruin the flavor of a good shake, and many come with really fake sweet flavors that push the sweetness level to the sickly spectrum. But rest assured, there’s a way to add a healthy dose of protein to your shake without using protein powder, and we’ve found 10 recipes that will take your shake from just plain tasty to high-protein delicious.
1. Protein shake from peanut butter and jelly
If you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this is a much healthier alternative, but just as delicious. It’s called a shake, but it tastes more like a milkshake and contains 23 grams of protein, which is a pretty substantial amount for a breakfast smoothie.
2. Green Warrior Smoothies
This green warrior shake deserves its impressive name because not only is it completely vegan and packed with lots of fruits and vegetables, it’s also full of fiber and contains 17 grams of plant-based protein.
3. Sunrise smoothies
Just the name of this cocktail should make you want to eat it every morning. It’s incredibly flavorful thanks to the combination of berries, oranges, banana makes it sweet, and Greek yogurt provides 15 grams of protein, perfect for breakfast.
4. Smoothies for breakfast with banana and almonds
This Banana Almond Breakfast Smoothie is perfect for those who are always in a rush but still want a quick and tasty breakfast that can be taken on the go. Just pour it into a jar and take it with you on your way to work. Guaranteed 13 grams of protein per serving.
5. Fried strawberry cocktail
If you’ve never tried roasting strawberries, go for it. This makes them juicier, adds more flavor and takes the smoothie recipe to a whole new level. 17 grams of natural protein won’t hurt.
6. Raspberry almond and chia smoothie
Almonds and chia seeds are actually a great source of plant-based protein, so feel free to add them to other smoothies for an extra protein boost. But it’s clear that the Greek yogurt does most of the heavy lifting in this high-protein shake. 23 grams is pretty impressive for a cocktail, don’t you think?
7. Oatmeal smoothie with peanut butter
This shake will make you think of peanut butter oatmeal cookies, but in liquid form. It’s rich, creamy and delicious, with almost 15 grams of protein per serving. Who in their right mind would answer that?
8. Smoothies with peach and banana and honey and cottage cheese
Putting cottage cheese in a shake may seem like a strange idea, but if you whip it a little longer or just have a powerful blender, it’s a great idea. This makes the smoothie very creamy and thick, and the peaches with honey will make the smoothie taste more like a fancy dessert. Plus you’ll get 18 grams of protein.
9. Green apple pie smoothie
Apple pie is a classic for many, but we know it’s usually high in carbs, fat and sugar. Well, this free apple pie shake is the epitome of a healthy breakfast with a whopping 19 grams of protein, and it’s completely guilt-free.
10. Lemon-blueberry cocktail
Lemons and blueberries go really well together, it’s a winning flavor combination that will have you reaching for it in seconds. Just one serving of this shake will give you 15 grams of protein, but chances are you’ll have more because it’s so delicious.