This vanilla green protein smoothie has it all! It’s loaded with protein and spinach to keep you full, and bananas and almond milk help make it deliciously creamy. They are only about 200 calories and give you two servings of fruits and vegetables per each creamy glass. 

Vanilla Green Protein Smoothie in a serving glass

Why We Love This Recipe For Vanilla Green Protein Smoothie

I have been drinking a vanilla green protein smoothie every day when I get home from my workout. It only takes 5 minutes!

This smoothie only has five simple ingredients in it, and that is if you count the ice. Vanilla Protein powder for a boost of protein, spinach to fulfill a serving of veggies, and almond milk for lower-calorie creaminess.

As I said, they’re a great snack after you hit the gym, though these veggie egg cups are always an option when I’m not heading home to smoothie heaven. Though really, this smoothie is great for all times of the day, not only after a workout. Make it as a midday snack or as a quick breakfast before you head out the door.

If you’re a big fan of smoothies too, I also really love making this Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie for breakfast sometimes and this Peach Recovery Smoothie for after a really hard workout.

Key Ingredients For This Recipe

Banana

Bananas are what I like to call a smoothie’s best friend. They help make a smoothie extra thick and creamy.

Ripe bananas are also 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 occurring sugars in them, but they don’t count as an added sugar.

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. 

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. 

Vanilla protein powder

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 or another non-nutritive sweetner so that your green protein smoothie will be just as delicious as mine! And there is always the option to add a drizzle of maple syrup to your smoothie if you want a slightly sweeter drink. 

Ice

I love adding ice to my smoothies especially if I’m not using frozen fruit. This just help thicken and chill the smoothie, making it extra refreshing and delicious.

Step by Step Instructions to Make This Spinach vanilla protein smoothie

Combine all ingredients in blender. Purée and pulse on high to combine for 10 to 15 seconds until all ingredients are roughly chopped. Purée continuously on high until completely smooth and the spinach is completely pureed, 40 to 45 seconds. Serve the protein spinach smoothie immediately.

FAQs and Expert Tips

Smoothie tip when using bananas:

To make your smoothies even thicker and creamier, freeze bananas beforehand. Buy a few bananas and slice them up into 1-inch pieces. Lay them out in a single layer on a parchment-lined plate and freeze for 30 minutes. Combine the banana slices in a ziploc bag and continue freezing until ready to use.

What else could be added to this smoothie?

Smoothies can easily turn into carbohydrate bombs if you use add too much sweetener or if they are all fruit, so if you’re trying to keep carbs low be careful what else you add. However, a few options are nut butters, coconut and frozen mango or peaches. For healthy fats you can add in avocado.

How to store this smoothie:

Smoothies are definitely best eaten immediately, so I’d recommend making it right before serving. However, most smoothies will last for 1 to 2 days in the fridge as long as it’s stored in an airtight container.

What to use if you don’t have a good protein powder:

No protein powder, no problem! Substitute the protein powder with non-fat Greek yogurt instead. Each serving of non-fat plain Greek yogurt has about 17 grams of protein. If you want even more protein, add a spoonful of your favorite nut butter.

 

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Vanilla Green Protein Smoothie


  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 3/4 cup 1x

Description

This vanilla green protein smoothie with spinach and whey protein powder takes 5 minutes to make! Serve it for a quick snack after exercise or breakfast.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

Notes

Protein Powder Alternative:

No protein powder, no problem! Substitute the protein powder with non-fat Greek yogurt instead. Each serving of non-fat plain Greek yogurt has about 17 grams of protein. If you want even more protein, add a spoonful of your favorite nut butter.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • 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