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3 Protein-Packed Minimalist Smoothies

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Who doesn’t love a good smoothie?  They’re a delicious solution for upping your protein intake, especially post-workout.  Plus, they’re hydrating and packed with nutritional whole-foods goodness.

However, there’s a common smoothie pitfall you’ll want to avoid if you want to save time and money: over-the-top, ostentatious smoothies.

I’m talking about the ones that have bee pollen, maca powder, goji berries, spirulina, collagen, and/or cordyceps on the ingredients list.  I’m sure those superfoods are amazing for your health.  But who has the time and budget to make an 11-ingredient, $14 smoothie every day?

The minimalist recipes below are perfect as a post-workout replenishment, a healthy snack, or a balanced meal.  They’re the simple, effective antidote to the overly extravagant. And hey, if you want to add a magical dusting of bee pollen to yours, go for it — I won’t judge.

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UP YOUR BLENDER GAME 

You’ll need a high-speed blender.  We have this Ninja blender and it’s a game-changer.  It makes everything silky smooth.  Say goodbye forever to graininess, chunks, and ice chips.

For those times when you’re in a rush and you only have time to throw some liquid and protein in your shaker bottle and chug it down, these BPA-free Star Wars Blender Bottles are where it’s at.  The rounded base and measurement markings make these our go-to bottles.

THE PROTEIN POWDER WE RAVE ABOUT 

Allow me to introduce you to our absolute favorite protein powder

We’ve tried a lot of protein powders over the years — whey-based and plant-based — and they always had at least one of the following problems:

  1. grainy texture
  2. tastes like cardboard
  3. low-quality ingredients

Gross. 

Pro Jym Tahitian Vanilla Bean is the bomb.  It’s the only protein powder that still tastes amazing even when we just add water and drink it straight from the shaker bottle.  The aromatic vanilla flavor blends well with everything.  Get ready to level-up your smoothies with Pro Jym’s never-grainy creamy goodness. 

Heads-up, Pro Jym protein is made of egg whites and whey, so it’s not vegan.  But if you’re looking for a high-quality protein and you’re good with dairy, we can’t recommend this one highly enough. 

ONE INGREDIENT SWAP MAKES THESE VEGAN 

For a vegan smoothie, just use a plant-based protein (we like Sun Warrior). 

FROZEN VS. FRESH INGREDIENTS 

I recommend using frozen berries and frozen kale for two reasons: 1) they last in the freezer for months, and 2) they make your smoothie thick and cold without needing to add ice. 

Using all fresh ingredients and then adding ice to thicken your smoothie makes it taste watered-down.  Using frozen berries and kale solves this in a snap.

OPTIONAL ADD-INS

Part of the fun of smoothies is adding in your favorite things!  Here’s a list of optional nourishing and flavor-boosting items you can add: 

Cacao powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, flax seeds, plain Greek yogurt, plain coconut yogurt, peanut butter, almond butter, honey, additional fruits and veggies. 

For a creamier, velvetier smoothie, replace the water with your favorite milk (dairy or vegan). 

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SMOOTHIE #1: THE ULTRA MINIMALIST 

Best for: Post-workout or snack.

Macros / calories per serving: 25g protein, 2g fat, 32g carbs. 245 calories.

Number of servings: 1

Prep time: 2 minutes

INGREDIENTS 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Pour the cold water into the blender carafe.
  2. Add the protein powder, banana, and ice cubes.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth.

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SMOOTHIE #2: THE QUICK & DIRTY

Best for: Post-workout, snack, or small meal.

Macros / calories per serving: 26g protein, 2g fat, 56g carbs. 337 calories.

Number of servings: 1

Prep time: 3 minutes

INGREDIENTS 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Pour the cold water into the blender carafe.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients: protein powder, banana, berries, kale, ice cubes.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth.

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SMOOTHIE #3: THE FULLY LOADED 

Best for: Breakfast, lunch, or any meal.

Macros / calories per serving: 36g protein, 17g fat, 50g carbs. 500 calories.

Number of servings: 1 large or 2 small servings 

Prep time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Pour the cold nut milk into the blender carafe.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients: protein powder, banana, berries, kale, yogurt, nut butter, ice cubes.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth.

Living a healthy, macro-friendly lifestyle should be easy and delicious.  Enjoy, and show us your smoothie-stache!

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