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7 Protein Smoothie Recipes That Are Perfect For Moms On The Go

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Do you check the ingredients and pour over the nutrition facts labels for your kids’ meals and snacks? What about your meals? It’s easy for moms to forget to eat or to wait until eating becomes a hurried trip to the cabinet or drive-through for something quick and not so healthy. Meal prepping and having a quick and easy go-to like protein smoothies can help.

To avoid that less-than-satisfying rush of sugar and empty calories, Kate Rope, author of Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane From Pregnancy to Parenthood, recommends choosing nutritious foods and remembering to eat at consistent intervals. “No one operates well when they are hungry,” she says.

We’ve rounded up seven recipes for healthy, fulfilling protein smoothies so you can nourish yourself and be at your best.

1. Mixed Berry Smoothie

Ah, the quintessential berry smoothie. Adults love them. Kids love them. This version adapted from Noom is full of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and iron.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • ¾ cup frozen mixed berries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup nondairy milk
  • 1 tbsp. seeds (chia, flax, or hemp seeds, or a combination)

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of milk for a thinner smoothie.

2. Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

This smoothie is another one in the “you almost forget it’s healthy” category. It’s packed with good stuff, and you can always add even more protein with protein powder.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup liquid, like almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. seeds (chia, flax, or hemp seeds, or a combination)
  • Ice, as desired

Blend all ingredients together, starting with a few ice cubes at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

3. 7-Ingredient Coffee Smoothie

coffee protein smoothie

It’s like coffee, but even better. You can start your morning with this nutrition-packed smoothie and skip the coffee shop.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1/2 frozen banana (the riper, the sweeter)
  • Raw honey, as needed, for sweetness (and if not vegan)
  • Ice, as needed to thicken

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add more ice for a thicker consistency or more almond milk for a thinner consistency.

4. Pomegranate Protein Smoothie

pomegrante protein smoothie

You’re probably not getting enough of this superfood. Change that. Add this recipe to your rotation, and enjoy the interesting taste and seemingly endless benefits.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup whey protein powder (or other protein powder)
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • tbsps. pomegranate juice
  • tbsp. honey
  • tsp. ground flaxseed

Blend all the ingredients together on high speed until smooth and frothy.

5. Orange Protein Shake

orange protein smoothie

When you’re in the mood for a milkshake, this smoothie recipe will satisfy the craving without the sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla Greek yogurt
  •  scoops vanilla protein powder
  • About 6 to 10 ice cubes

Blend all the ingredients together except the ice. To get your preferred consistency, slowly add the ice until the smoothie blends to your preferred consistency.

6. Kiwi Banana Protein Smoothie

kiwi protein smoothie

Switch things up a bit in the fruit department. The small but mighty kiwi is nutrition-dense, packing more vitamin C than an orange!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp. sweetener

Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

7. Dark Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Avocados in a smoothie is not what you’d expect. Combined with all the other ingredients, this recipe is creamy and almost dessert-like — but definitely guilt-free.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup steamed zucchini, frozen
  • 1 to 2 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1½ tbsps. nut butter
  • 1 to 2 scoops chocolate protein of choice
  • 1½ cups nut milk
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate pieces

Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.