A lot of people have asked me about the homemade smoothie protein and health shake I make. I've mentioned this smoothie shake in the past in the comments of various reviews I’ve written, but I thought it would be a good idea to have a dedicated post where people could easily find it, if they were looking for a smoothie recipe that’s healthy and easy to make . Also see my Breville Juicer review.
My Smoothie Recipe
I often mix the following ingredients, in order, to make the smoothie I like:
- 1 orange – peeled of course 😉
- Grapes (a handful is usually fine)
- 1 scoop frozen blue berries (I don’t measure it that precisely)
- 2 frozen strawberries (can be more depending on the size)
- Frozen spinach
- 1 scoop chocolate Dymatize protein powder
- Add water and blend
That’s it! You can also substitute ingredients too.
Want to add more nutrition to your smoothie? here's some other things I've used:
- Cranberries or raspberries raspberries
- Frozen broccoli Florette
- Frozen peas/carrots / frozen Lima beans
- Almonds (23 almonds = 1 oz)
- Pumpkin seeds (handful)
- Walnuts (handful)
- Ground (milled) flax seed (I like the brand I linked to)
- 1 scoop Quaker Oatmeal (this thickens up the shake)
- Green tea. Cut open green tea bags and pour the contents into the blender
- Turmeric powder (not curcumin. Turmeric is better and less expensive)
Add in as many of these as you like.
Remember, nuts and seeds can add calories to the smoothie so use them sparingly. A little bit goes a long way.
The picture on the right is what it will look like when your finished.
What's The Best Protein?
While you don't need to add protein powder to this shake, you can if you like. I prefer chocolate flavor but if Ive often had this without protein. Then it has a orange/strawberry taste to it.
Dymatize Protein is what I often use (chocolate flavor). There are other flavors too.
When shopping for protein powder, look for brands with about 100 calories per scoop and 20-25 grams of protein per scoop.
Why Add Protein To Smoothies?
Weight loss and meal replacement shakes often have protein and there are many reasons for this. One reason is that protein might bump up metabolism a wee bit. I personally think if protein does this, the little bit of extra calories it burns are probably not much.
Personally, I like adding chocolate protein powder.
Here is my review of Dymatize Protein if you want more information about it.
I also like Isopure Low Carb. I like Dutch Chocolate flavor.
The recipe I've listed above tastes very good even without protein too.
To mix smoothies, I'm personally a fan of the Vitamix, but any blender will work.
Don’t be afraid to experiment to find what you like. Use my recipe as a guide and feel free to change it to suit your tastes. There are also many smoothie recipes out there if you want more ideas.
What’s your smoothie recipe?