I have been drinking a vanilla green protein smoothie every day recently when I get home from my workout. They are only about 200 calories and give you two servings of fruits and vegetables per each creamy glass.
I thought today would be a great day to share my go-to green smoothie recipe with you all mostly because I have been out of town, and this is appropriately speedy enough for me to whip up for you. It only takes 5 minutes!
I love quick healthy and satisfying post-workout recipes like this Vanilla Green Protein Smoothie. And this Protein Mug Cake from dishing Delish is another awesome option! I also love to have a couple of these veggie egg cups in a travel container if I am not heading home to smoothie heaven.
I was in Philadelphia and there was zero down time from the time I arrived. And MAJOR food! The first night I had a great visit and dinner at the Pineville Tavern in Bucks County with Caroline from Taste Love and Nourish. Then the next morning I met up with Deanna from Teaspoon of Spice at High Street on Market. Next, I got to take a tour around Quirk Books and meet my lovely editor for Maple. We had an amazing lunch at Han Dynasty.
I also got together with my college roommate and we had dinner at Zahav. I feel full just thinking about all this. On Saturday we visited DiBruno Brothers, an amazing mecca of cheese. Then after too many Renoirs to handle at the Barnes Foundation, we had to drop by Reading Terminal Market. We had Dinic’s Pork and Broccoli Sandwiches with hot peppers and provolone. I was bursting. I pretty much danced it all off though at the wedding that night. Phew.
As you can guess, I’m glad to be back to the gym and these green smoothies now that I am back in Vermont. They are being featured at my gym, Body Resolution, for this month!
What Makes This Green Smoothie Healthier?
Smoothies can easily turn into carbohydrate bombs if you use add too much sweetener or if they are all fruit. Here’s how I kept this green protein smoothie healthier, yet still filling:
- Unsweetened almond milk—Many almond milks at the store are sweetened (even the unflavored kinds!). To keep the added sugars in this green smoothie at zero, I used only unsweetened almond milk in this recipe. You can also use unsweetened coconut, flax, or cashew milk if that’s your preferred non-dairy milk.
- Banana—Ripe bananas are naturally sweet, and just one super ripe banana in this green protein smoothie does the trick! Personally, I can’t really taste the banana in this smoothie. All I taste is the sweet vanilla! Banana has naturally occuring sugars in them, but they don’t count as an added sugar.
- Baby spinach—Spinach is packed with good for you nutrients like calcium, iron, and vitamin C. I use a cup of spinach in this green smoothie recipe and puree it for almost a minute to ensure that the spinach gets fully broken down.
- The Vanilla protein powder I use has stevia in it to sweeten it, so it doesn’t have any added sugars either. It is whey protein. If you prefer to use a vegan protein source, look for one that is sweetened with stevia so that your green protein smoothie will be just as delicious as mine! And there always the option to add a drizzle of maple syrup to your smoothie if you want a slightly sweeter drink.
How to Make This Green Protein Smoothie
Because this green smoothie is so easy to make, it’s important that you use all the right ingredients. For this healthy smoothie recipe, I used 1 small ripe banana, some unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup of baby spinach, 1 serving of vanilla protein powder, and some ice. Toss all that into a blender and pulse to combine until all ingredients are roughly chopped. Then, puree the smoothie until the spinach is completely blended into the drink.
If you prefer thicker smoothies, use a frozen banana and add in more ice. For thinner smoothies, use less ice and/or a little more almond milk. You can also use unsweetened vanilla almond milk to really amp up the vanilla flavor.
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes:
This vanilla green protein smoothie with spinach and whey protein powder takes 5 minutes to make and aids muscle recovery after you’ve hit the gym.
- 1 small ripe banana, peeled and broken in half
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (1/2 to 1 scoop)
- 1/2 cup ice
- Combine all ingredients in blender. Puree and pulse on high to combine for 10 to 15 seconds until all ingredients are roughly chopped. Puree continuously on high until completely smooth and the spinach is completely pureed, 40 to 45 seconds. Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 1 3/4 cup
- Calories: 194
- Sugar: 16 g
- Sodium: 264 mg
- Fat: 3 grams
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 34 g
- Fiber: 9 g
- Protein: 10 g
Keywords: green protein smoothie, green smoothie