Protein-Packed Smoothies to Get You Through the Day

By Lauren Turinetti | February 22, 2018

Protein-Packed Smoothies to Get You Through the Day

Breakfast is an important time for you to give your body high amounts of protein so that you can perform at your best all day. Plus, if you do high-intensity workouts like CrossFit first thing in the morning, then this means that you need even more protein to start the day off right. A high protein breakfast can help your muscles recover from intense workouts, as well as keep you full and mentally focused throughout the day. Adding a protein-packed smoothie to your breakfast is a great way to meet your body’s needs. Here are some protein-rich smoothie recipes that will get you going in the morning.

Green Blueberry and Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (not canned)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder

This recipe is packed with protein and is loaded with clean, fast digesting carbohydrates. Plus, it is filled with micronutrients. The spinach and pumpkin seeds give you important vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, and folate. On top of this, the blueberries give you a lot of antioxidants. This is perfect for downing right after your CrossFit session.

Honey Almond Nut Surprise

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder

This smoothie gives you a powerful dose of protein to get your day started off right. It contains almonds which are high in healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. This smoothie is a great addition to your post-workout breakfast.

Tropical Protein Punch

  • 1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (not canned)
  • 1 scoop protein powder

This is a smoothie that is truly rich in protein. Citrus fruits are known to be high in vitamin C as well. Skip the orange juice, and drink this high protein smoothie with your breakfast instead.

Strawberry Banana

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 scoop protein powder

This is a low calorie, high protein smoothie that goes great with your regular breakfast. It is high in calcium as well thanks to the almond milk and the strawberries in it. Make this your beverage of choice in the morning.

Chocolate Vanilla

  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 tsp almond butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder

A more substantial smoothie by itself, this recipe calls for protein-rich almond butter and 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder. Also rich in calcium and omega-3 fatty acids, this smoothie can aid your bones and joints, as well as your muscles, in recovery. Post workout or not, this smoothie is a great way to start your day.

Paleo Collagen Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (not canned)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 Tbsp hydrolyzed collagen powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder

To many, high-intensity workouts and eating a Paleo diet go hand in hand. This smoothie is a great way to add some more protein into your breakfast while avoiding taboo foods on the Paleo Diet. Thanks to the hydrolyzed collagen powder, this smoothie is also rich in certain types of proteins that our bodies do not usually get from our regular diets. A perfect addition to any Paleo breakfast.

High protein breakfasts are critical to starting the day right, especially for the athletes among us. These recipes will help you get the protein your body needs not only to recover from your workouts, but to perform at your best all day long.

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