Strawberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
This super creamy Strawberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie tastes incredible and is packed with antioxidants, minerals, protein and healthy fats to keep you vibrant and satisfied longer!
WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT SMOOTHIES?
Most mornings a smoothie is my breakfast of choice because they’re:
Creamy, dreamy delicious
My Peanut Butter Cup Superfood Smoothie was my go-to for the longest time, but now I’m obsessed with the simplicity and deliciousness of this strawberry protein smoothie.
MAKING THE BEST STRAWBERRY VANILLA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
If you don’t already have protein powder, one very important thing to consider when picking a flavor and a brand is the TASTE. Not all protein powders are created equal. I have gone through a good batch of them and many are too “proteiny,” meaning they taste artificial, like chemicals and, well, bad. My favorite two brands are Nuzest and Tone It Up. Both of these brands are vegan and contain only all natural ingredients. This post is not sponsored, I just really love these two.
Aside from finding a protein powder that is tasty and healthy, I have a few other tips for making the most thick and creamy smoothies. Follow my suggestions and I promise you’ll feel like you’re drinking a strawberry milkshake!
IMPORTANT FOR A SUPER THICK SMOOTHIE!
- Use frozen fruit for best results. I like to freeze my bananas in slices for better blending.
- Add in avocado. Just a little bit of avocado blended into your smoothie makes it SO creamy and delicious!
- Start with less liquid. I’ve suggested 3/4 cup almond milk and you could even start with 1/2 cup and then add a little at a time until you get the consistency you like.
- The spinach doesn’t make the smoothie more or less creamy, but you won’t even taste it and there are tons of health benefits.
- 3/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (other nondairy milk, water or coconut water)
- 1 scoop Tone It Up vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1-2 heaping handful(s) spinach (or kale)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (or another favorite berry)
- ¼ avocado
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1/2-1 tablespoon almond butter (optional)
Add ingredients to a high-speed blender in the same order they are listed above.
Blend until smooth. Add more milk if needed to get things blending. If you like a slushy smoothie add about 1/2 cup of ice cubes and blend on low until ice is blended. Once blended, pour into a glass and enjoy with a sprinkle of chia seeds!
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION includes 1 cup baby spinach, 1/2 tablespoon almond butter and Tone It Up vanilla protein powder.
FOR BANANAS: I recommend peeling and slicing bananas and then freezing them on a plate lined with parchment paper. Once frozen, add them to a large baggie for longterm storage.
FOR A SWEETER SMOOTHIE: Add 1-2 packets of stevia or other preferred sweetener.
FOR LOWER FAT: If you're watching your fat, consider leaving out the avocado and/or almond butter. Even though these are healthy fats, they do add up.