This green protein smoothie is a sneaky way to get an extra serving of greens and protein, without sacrificing the taste! 3 ingredients and easily customizable, it’s a quick and easy breakfast or snack!
Green Protein Smoothie
When it comes to quick and healthy breakfasts, my favorite recipes to make are avocado toast, protein oatmeal, and this green protein smoothie.
Growing up, smoothies were my go-to breakfast. I wish I could say it was because they kept me energized and tasted delicious (which they did!), but really, I was just lazy. It wasn’t until I moved out of the family home that I saw my first purchase being a high speed blender!
I’ve been meaning to share a green protein smoothie recipe for quite some time. Many people assume it’s a form of green juice, but that is far from the truth. It may look like a swamp, but it tastes anything but! The texture is thick, creamy, and perfectly smooth. It’s sweet and easily customizable, with no spinach flavor whatsoever!
What I love about this smoothie is that I can also whip one up after a heavy workout, which has been a game changer for my recovery time! Bonus? It’s super low carb!
How do you make a green smoothie with protein powder?
- Milk of choice– I used unsweetened almond milk, but soy or any other dairy free milk can be used. Alternatively, you can use cold water, but it won’t be as creamy.
- Spinach– Baby spinach is preferred, not English or bunched spinach. The former has a very mild flavor and requires very minimal prep.
- Protein powder– Any vegan protein powder can be used. Choose one that has added sweetness, or else your smoothie will be bland.
In a high speed blender, add all your ingredients and pulse until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and enjoy.
The best protein powder for smoothies
The grocery and health food stores are full of protein powders and not all of them are created equal. Choose a plant based protein powder with minimal or no added sugar. Here are some of my favorites-
- Vanilla– Gives the smoothie sweetness and a light vanilla flavor.
- Chocolate– Perfect if you want a chocolate green protein smoothie.
- Unflavored– This also works well, but be sure to add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite granulated sweetener or it will not be sweet.
Tips to make the best green protein smoothie
- Avoid using fresh spinach from a bunch (e.g. English spinach). This has a very earthy flavor, and can also give the smoothie a slimy texture. The same goes for frozen spinach.
- Be sure you like the flavor of your protein powder, as this will be the overriding flavor of the smoothie.
- For a thicker smoothie, you can swap out half the milk for ice cubes.
Storing and freezing protein smoothies
- To store: This smoothie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, before consuming. Be sure to mix it well beforehand, in case the milk has slightly separated.
- To freeze: Pour the smoothie into an ice cube tray or a shallow container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. When ready to enjoy, simply remove from the freezer and reblend until creamy.
Green Protein Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups milk of choice I used unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup baby spinach loosely packed
- 1 scoop protein powder * See notes
- In a high speed blender, add all your ingredients and blend well, until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy.
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