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)
- Baby carrots (or frozen) handful
- 1 scoop frozen blue berries (I don’t measure it that precisely)
- 2-3 frozen strawberries (can be more depending on the size)
- Frozen raspberries (if you like)
- Handful of baby spinach (or frozen spinach)
- 1 scoop chocolate Dymatize protein powder
- Add water and blend
That’s it! You can also substitute ingredients too.
If you want to add more nutrition to your smoothie, here are some other things I use:
- Cranberries in place (or in addition to) raspberries
- Frozen broccoli Florette
- Frozen peas/carrots
- Almonds (23 almonds = 1 oz)
- Pumpkin seeds (handful)
- Walnuts (handful)
- Ground (milled) flax seed (I like the brand I linked to)
- Green tea. Cut open green tea bags and pour the contents into the blender
- Turmeric powder (not curcumin. Turmeric is better and less expensive)
- Pinch of black pepper (it increases turmeric absorption a LOT)
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.
While the protein power I use is often Dramatize Elite (chocolate flavor),it doesn't have to be if you prefer other types.
When I look for protein powder, I often look for a brand that has about 100 calories per scoop and 20-25 grams of protein per scoop.
Why Add Protein?
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 because I like the taste.
Here is my review of Dymatize Protein if you want more information about it.
Another protein powder I like is Isopure Low Carb. I like Dutch Chocolate flavor 🙂
All that said, the recipe I've listed above tastes very good even without protein too.
Other Smoothie Add-Ins
I've also used each of these ingredients in my smoothies too:
- 1 scoop Quaker Oatmeal (this thickens up the shake)
- 1 scoop chocolate Muscle Milk. To me, Muscle Milk tastes good, but 1 scoop ads 150 extra calories, (and 15 grams of protein) so it’s up to you. If weight loss is an issue, I would not use muscle Milk.
To mix smoothies, I'm personally a fan of the Vitamix, but any blender will work.
Update. Nutribullet has gotten into the supplement business. Here is my review of the Nutribullet Fat Burning Boost.
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?