I love how easy healthy protein smoothies are to make. No cooking, which is perfect for hot summer days! You just throw your ingredients in the blender and whirl it all together. In five minutes or less, you have a delicious, nutritious meal.
And because smoothies are fast and easy, they are an excellent option for when you’re short on time, don’t feel like cooking, or need a quick on-the-go meal.
There are so many ways to create a smoothie. You can easily choose a different recipe every day of the month. But why bother when you can use just one basic master recipe with a variety of flavor combinations. Below are 31 Healthy Smoothie Flavors for you to try this month.
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ONE EASY PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPE to create 31 different healthy smoothies
These healthy smoothies are low in added sugar, contain protein, good fats, fruits, and vegetables. And because I try to keep things as simple and easy as possible, there aren’t many ingredients. Instead of using several unique recipes with a variety of ingredients, I use on basic “master recipe” with 31 flavor variations.
And this basic recipe is embarrassingly simple. It’s more of a guide than an actual recipe.
1 cup of liquid – Your choice of any dairy or dairy-free milk or Juice. You can even use water, but it diminishes the flavor and creaminess of your smoothie.
1 scoop of Protein Powder – Any protein powder will work, but I use Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein Powder I love this protein powder for many reasons. Its vegan, sugar-free, and healthy. Best of all, It’s easy to digest. Even when I was going through chemo, this protein powder never bothered my stomach. Plus, Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein Powder is available in four different flavors.
1-1 ½ cups of Fruit or Vegetables – Amounts will vary depending on the fruits and vegetables you use and how thick you like your smoothie. Start with 1 cup and continue to add until you reach the consistency you like.
Flavorings, Sweeteners, and various additions depending on the flavor variations.
In a blender, combine liquid and protein powder. Blend on low to mix together. Add your fruit and remaining ingredients and then blend on high smoothie setting until smooth. Taste for sweetness. If you want your smoothie sweeter, add a sugar-free sweetener (stevia, monkfruit, etc.).
And that’s the basic recipe. Now let’s get to the fun part – all the different flavors of smoothies you can create from this one recipe!
One Recipe – 31 flavors – A Different Protein shake for Every Day of the Month!
Healthy SMOOTHIEs FLAVOR combinatioNS:
Apple Pie Ala Mode Smoothie
½ cup your choice of milk, ½ cup apple juice or cider, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup of applesauce, 1/8 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice to taste.
Banana Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 small banana, ½-1 cup frozen blueberries.
Banana Raspberry SMOOTHIE
1 cup milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 small banana, ½-1 cup frozen raspberries.
BANANAS FOSTER SMOOTHIE
1 cup milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup frozen sliced bananas, ½ tsp rum extract, ¼ tsp cinnamon, dash nutmeg. (Top smoothie with sugar-free caramel sauce for a delicious addition.
Banana Nut Muffin Smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup frozen sliced bananas, ½ cup uncooked oats, 1 T nut butter (I’ve tried different nut butters and each gives the smoothie a different taste. My favorite one in this recipe is Artisana Organics Raw Pecan Butter.)
Choco Monkey Smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp cocoa, 1 cup frozen sliced bananas.
Nutty Choco Monkey smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp cocoa, 1 cup frozen sliced bananas.
Mocha Banana Smoothie
¼ cup cold coffee, ¾ cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp cocoa, 1 cup frozen bananas.
Berry Blast smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop protein powder, and 1 cup mixed frozen berries. (optional: throw in ½ cup fresh spinach. You’ll never taste it and it will boost nutritional value of your smoothie.)
Pina Colada smoothie
1 cup Coconut milk, 1 scoop protein powder, and 1 cup frozen pineapple
Choco Cherry Smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp. cocoa, and 1 cup frozen cherries. (This is my husbands favorite smoothie.)
Blueberry Blast Smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop of protein powder, and 1 cup frozen blueberries.
Simple Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop of protein powder, and 1 cup frozen strawberries.
Strawberry Banana smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 small banana, and 1 cup frozen strawberries.
Coconut Almond Joy Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 tbsp cocoa, and 1 tbsp almond butter. (Top with a drizzle of sugar-free chocolate syrup and sprinkle with chopped almonds, if desired.)
Choco Mint smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp. cocoa, 2-3 drops of pure peppermint extract, ½ tsp vanilla – Like a peppermint pattie in a glass!
Orange Creamsicle smoothie
½ cup milk, ½ cup orange juice, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, and 1 cup crushed ice.
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 oz. cream cheese, and 1 cup strawberries.
Choco Cheesecake smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 2 oz. cream cheese, and 1 cup of crushed ice.
Sweet Potato Smoothie with Nut butter
1 cup milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, one baked sweet potato (skin removed), 1 tbsp nut butter, 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
glass of sunshine smoothie
1 cup orange juice, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup frozen strawberries.
Key Lime Pie smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 T Lime Juice, 1 cup frozen banana, ½ cup fresh spinach.
pineapple cherry smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop of protein powder, ½ cup frozen pineapple, and ½ cup frozen cherries.
JUST PEACHY KEEN SMOOTHIE
1 cup milk, 1 cup vanilla protein powder, 1 cup frozen peaches, ¼ tsp cinnamon, and pinch of nutmeg.
Raspberry peach smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries.
CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE
½ c orange juice, ½ cup milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup frozen sliced bananas, 1 medium carrot grated, ½ cup uncooked oats, and 2 T almond butter. Add crushed ice if needed to thicken.
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
1 cup milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup canned pumpkin (not the sweetened pumpkin pie filling!), 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice.
CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE
1 cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp cocoa, 1 cup strawberries, ¼ tsp vanilla extract.
Tropical Delight SMOOTHIE
1 cup milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup frozen mixed tropical fruit. (I use Woodstock Organic Frozen Tropical Fruit Blend with mangos, bananas, and strawberries in it.)
Peanut Butter Cup smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp cocoa, 1 Tbsp Peanut butter, 1 cup crushed ice.
Banana split smoothie
1 cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 tsp cocoa, ½ banana, ½ cup frozen strawberries, ½ cup frozen pineapple. (Top with sugar-free chocolate syrup and a cherry if desired.)
More Tips for Making Perfectly Healthy Smoothies every time!
Want to add more vegetables to your protein shake? Raw Carrots, Zucchini, and Spinach are excellent vegetable choices to add to your shakes because they don’t change the flavor of the smoothies very much.
Add a grated carrot to the Glass of Sunshine Smoothie, Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie, and Pumpkin Pie smoothie. Be sure to blend extra well. You can also add cold, steamed carrots instead. They will blend smoother than the raw carrot.
You can add ½ cup raw grated zucchini into the banana nut muffin, carrot cake, or key lime pie smoothies.
Because of its mild taste, raw spinach goes exceptionally well in berry smoothies. In fact, you probably won’t even taste it. It will, however, change the color of the drink which can be somewhat off-putting. For example, adding ½ cup spinach to the strawberry smoothie causes it to turn chocolate brown. The darker the berries, the less likely you’ll notice the color change, though.
The best way to make smoothies is with a high power blender or Vitamix. I’ve been impressed at how well my Oster 14 speed blender makes smoothies. It’s easy to clean and a little smaller and lighter than my Vitamix. The Vitamix is fantastic and powers through frozen fruits and ice cubes with ease. If you’re in the market for a new blender and have the extra cash, I would suggest investing in a Vitamix. You’ll use it often, and it will last for years! However, if you’re looking for a less expensive yet good, sturdy blender, give the Oster 14 speed blender a try.
For more ideas on living a healthy, sugar-free lifestyle, be sure to check out this post on WHY I ELIMINATED ADDED SUGAR FROM MY DIET.
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