Updated: Feb 13, 2022
This Easy Protein Smoothie is chalked full of everything you need for post workout recovery, or a sweet treat on your rest days.
You'll be on your way to quick recovery with this Easy Protein Smoothie recipe! It's important that after your workout you have a snack that helps fuel that recovery and hits all 3 Macronutrients: Protein, Fat, Carbs. This recipe has all of that in it, and is easily modifiable and you can choose from the listed ingredients based on what you have in your kitchen! Everything goes into the blender and it's only a few minutes before you're sipping some heavenly protein smoothie!
I frequently make this recipe in a single serve blender, and when I'm eating it as a snack I have the whole thing. But sometimes it ends up being shared with the littles in my house, so I only end up having about half of it. If you find the whole thing is too much, simply refrigerate the rest for the next day!
I'm going to give you the recipe with the optional ingredients listed after the amount of the original ingredient so that you can choose what you would like to pair together. The possibilities are endless with this one, girlfriend!
I often end up with some sort of combo of chocolate protein, peanut butter and whatever frozen fruit I have on hand (but my fave is with frozen cherries!). I can never turn down something that tastes like a peanut butter cup!
NOTE: Adding OPTIONAL ingredients can change the texture of your smoothie. For example: uncooked oatmeal and any of the seeds will add more texture, greek yogurt, banana and avacado will thicken it. Keep in mind you might need to add more liquid to get the consistency you desire based on how much protein powder one serving is, as well as the amount of optional ingredients you add.
Your List of Ingredients
8 oz liquid - water, almond/cashew/coconut milk, cow's milk
1 serving protein powder - plant based, whey, eggwhite - any flavor that sounds delish!
1 cup of frozen fruit - cherries, blueberries, mixed berries, strawberries, etc
2 tbsp nut butter - sunflower, peanut, almond, cashew
OPTIONAL: handful of spinach, half an avacado, sprinkle of hemp/chia/flax seeds, half a banana, 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup greek yogurt
Step 1: Let’s Get Started
Start with your liquid, add your protein powder and spinach if you're using it, and give it a quick blend...I find this helps with preventing the protein powder from caking onto the side of the blender and prevents you from having to smash everything down to get the spinach to blend up.
Step 2: Add in allllll the flavors!
Add in your nut butter and then frozen fruit. If you're using any other additional add in's like avacado or chia seeds, add that in now also....and then blend away!! If you find that the smoothie is too thick, add more liquid until you get the consistency you desire.
Step 3: ENJOY!
This smoothie is best when it's fresh! But you can refrigerate and have it the next day also - or even make it the night before your morning workout so it's a quick and easy grab and go sort of thing!
Here's why you need this smoothie!
This recipe has the big 3 Macros front and center. You've got your protein from the protein powder/greek yogurt, your healthy fat from the peanut butter and/or avocado, and then your carbs from the fruit/uncooked oatmeal (and maybe also your protein powder depending on the ingredients in it!). So you've got a perfectly well rounded post workout smoothie or an awesome rest day treat to help keep you fueled and recovering...and headed towards your fitness & wellness goals!!