You know what time it is, friends: smoothie time.
This time of year, social media is full of nourishing recipes from people who are looking to get healthier in the new year. Of course, one of the most popular type of recipes is…smoothie recipes. While smoothies are constantly touted as one of the healthiest breakfasts and/or snacks you could make, some are healthier than others.
According to Simple Green Smoothies, protein is added to smoothies “to prevent blood sugar spikes that can not only make you feel weak and dizzy, but can also lead to serious health issues down the road.” If you’re looking for ways to add additional protein to your daily smoothie, try these recipes:
1. Vegan Vanilla Cashew Shake from Kitchen Treaty
Ultra creamy, super flavorful, and full of protein! This vegan vanilla cashew shake gets a powerful punch of protein from plant-based sources: cashews and chia seeds. It’s super filling, so you could even drink this smoothie as a breakfast replacement! Who said vegans can’t get enough protein?
2. Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Smoothie from Beaming Baker
Another protein-packed vegan smoothie! Would you believe this ultra thick and creamy smoothie only requires three ingredients? It’s true! Bananas, peanut butter, and milk are blended together in this gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar-free delight, so it’s healthy enough for breakfast and decadent enough for dessert!
3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie from Sally’s Baking Addiction
While this smoothie may taste like your favorite grade school lunch, it’s packing a whopping 25g of protein! Sally uses protein-rich ingredients like greek yogurt and peanut butter to not only prevent those blood sugar spikes, but also to make the smoothie rich and creamy.
4. Pumpkin Chia Smoothie from Food with Feeling
We love this festive pumpkin smoothie! It’s incredibly thick thanks to frozen pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, and chia seeds. It’s also has over 20g of protein, making this a perfect breakfast smoothie option. The best part? You can adjust the sweetness to your liking by using stevia or honey.