Berry Protein Smoothie

10.26.2015

Give yourself a boost with this delicious berry protein green smoothie. Full of vitamins, minerals, and fruity flavor to keep you fueled.

Give yourself a plant-based protein boost with this yummy Berry Protein Smoothie that uses nutrient-dense almonds.

Everyone knows you need protein to keep your body fueled, especially after a workout. If you’re working towards a flat tummy or toning up your muscles (who isn’t?), then this Berry Protein Smoothie needs to be on your radar.

Can you add protein to smoothies?

Absolutely! The body uses protein at a slower rate than carbohydrates, so adding protein to your smoothies helps prevent blood sugar spikes and hunger pains.

This smoothie is amazing for more than just the protein in this smoothie – it’s loaded up with berries and banana (healthy carbs) which contain vital nutrients, dietary fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. You simply can’t ask for a better snack!

What protein is best to add to my smoothie?

I always recommend using the purest form of plant-based protein to add to your smoothies. I’m in the process of making my own line or organic blends that will be amazing. We’re weeks away from having them shipped to my house for ya’ll to enjoy!

If you like powders, make sure to read the back and find the one with the cleanest ingredients (avoid the gums, natural flavors, stevia, monk fruit, etc). I personally recommend these protein boosts:

  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 tbs hemp hearts
  • 2 tbs organic tofu

How much protein is in a mixed berry smoothie?

This smoothie contains 12 grams of pure, raw plant-based protein. This is a great amount for a meal replacement for most people. Yet if you’re training hard or insanely active, you might want to up it. If you need more than that, feel free to add in protein power of more nuts even!

Check out our article on the best meal replacement add-ins to ramp up the nutrition and to keep you going strong. (p.s. We’ve got other great post-workout smoothies too!)

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Berry Protein Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This is one of our favorite combos – strawberries, blueberries, and banana to use in a protein packed smoothie. 


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbs almonds, optional*

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Notes

*Soak almonds overnight in water before blending, or use almond meal instead. Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold. Any variety of berry can be substituted.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: post workout smoothie recipe, pre workout shake recipe

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Melinda F Jackson says:

    What makes this so high in calories? I can’t have bananas so if I add your plant-based protein powder and substitute applesauce for the banana, how do I calculate the calories per serving?

    Many thanks.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you asked! Turns out this recipe was originally created to include the ‘optional almonds’ in the nutrition info. They’ve been removed and now the Berry Protein Smoothie shows the more accurate 218 calories per serving. Adding our Protein Smoothie Boost will increase the calories by 100, and swapping out the banana (-105 calories) for unsweetened applesauce (+84 calories) would mean this Berry Protein Smoothie would be a total of 297 calories per serving.

  2. Lynne says:

    Used kale in this with the berries and found it refreshing!

  3. Sloane Grey says:

    I didn’t add almonds instead I added chia seed and flax seed, but I enjoyed it! Even though berry smoothies aren’t my favorite, I enjoyed this one.

  4. ALBA ROCIO CLAVIJO says:

    I couldn’t get the recommended blueberries brand and I replaced but a local one, neither used almonds. I added flax seeds and it was very nice

    • ALBA ROCIO CLAVIJO says:

      sorry I meant for a local brand

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you didn’t leave blueberries out, Alba – they are so important for their antioxidants. And flaxseeds were great for those Omega 3s. Nice!

  5. Julie says:

    Tis has always been a quick go to for me for awhile now. Next time I want to try soaked almonds in it.

  6. Cheryl B. says:

    Didn’t use almonds or almond milk. I prefer using plain kefir. Berries and spinach don’t make a lovely color, but the flavor was good.

  7. Nancy says:

    Yes, yes, YES!!! I LOVE ALMONDS!!! This was a REAL winner!!! I paired my ingredients with Simply Almond Milk and it was fabulous!

  8. Holly says:

    This was delicious! I used 1 TBSP almond butter instead of whole almonds because I forgot to soak them overnight. Great recipe!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Awesome work-around Holly! Let’s hear it for almond butter!

  9. Sushila Shah says:

    This is very delicious. Instead of almond I use 2 tbs of hemp. I feel more energetic

  10. Sushila Shah says:

    I made this smoothie and I loved it. After drinking this smoothie I feel more energetic and I do not feel to it any snacks. I drink this smoothie for lunch. I think I will continue using this as my lunch

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      That is straight up “fueling your passion” as we like to say around here. Rawk on Sushila!

  11. gloria says:

    Delicious! I added Hemp seeds for a boost and it came out great.

  12. Bonnie Clyne says:

    I planned to use almonds but discovered that the ones I had were lightly salted, so I skipped them and will try this again when I have plain almonds to use. Almond milk was the predominant flavor in this one. I used frozen berries and the banana was fresh but not very ripe, so here again, fresh fruit might change which ingredient you taste the most.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Great catch leaving out the salted almonds, Bonnie! 🙂

  13. Judy says:

    Day 3- Berry Protein very good! Didn’t add the almonds but that will be for the next time! I am really enjoying this challenge, I have something to look forward too every morning knowing that I am making a healthy choice for my day!

  14. Toni says:

    I liked the taste overall, but even though I soaked the almond overnight I kept feeling little chunks of almond. Next time I will leave them out.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Toni – Def leave the almonds out next time if that works for you, or give it a little longer of a blend to make sure they’re fully incorporated.

  15. Sharon says:

    Pre mixing is so convenient. Loved this smoothie. Funny thing though, I added the almonds mid stream and ended up with chunks of almonds. Oh well, keep learning. LOL

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Smoothie oopsies like that totally happen to even the pros, Sharon. Never be afraid to pour your smoothie back into the blender to continue mixing if needed. 🙂

  16. Erin says:

    This hasn’t always been my favorite smoothie; but this time I tried it with homemade almond milk + Protein Smoothie Boost, and that made all the difference! The sweetness just comes from the fruit, instead of in the aftertaste of my store bought almond milk. And this was super filling too!

  17. Alannah says:

    I was honestly a bit skeptical about this one with the addition of almonds (even though I love them). I was pleasantly surprised with how creamy and rich this was without being sweet. My 3 year old even took over drinking it!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Preschoolers and toddlers totally have a way of sneaking your smoothie away – just ask our Rawkstar Shop manager! Happens to her all the time. What a great way to get more fruits and veggies into our kiddos, right?! 🙂

  18. Alyssa says:

    I found the flavours to be mild but overall the smoothie was delicious, refreshing, and had a nice nuttiness.

  19. Patti Langford says:

    It was a little thicker with the almond milk, but it was a good meal substitute!

  20. Betty says:

    Now this was good! I loved the creaminess of the milk (my choice is unsweetened soy), the almonds, & I got some bananas! Made a big difference.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Yay Betty!!! Bananas make everything better!

  21. Dora Suarez says:

    I enjoyed this much more than I expected, I usually find mixed berry smoothies too tart for my liking so I added a little extra banana, maybe 3/4 instead of 1/2 of one. I enjoyed the blend with the almond milk and added almonds, it tasted a bit like cocoa too me, so I’m curious what I would be with a chocolate flavored protein powder. Hmm, may just have to repeat and try it again.

  22. Ogechi Nwaokelemeh says:

    My first meal replacement smoothie!

  23. Cheryl Robillard says:

    Really enjoyed this smoothie – love berries and the almonds and almond milk made it a bit thicker and creamier

  24. Dawn says:

    This was good for Day 3 of the 10-Day Challenge. It was very similar to yesterday’s Mixed Berry smoothie.

  25. Cristina Ribeiro says:

    Creamy, thick, mild tasting but I used avocado instead of banana, will use banana next time. Added chia and hemp seeds and tofu for protein

  26. Clareen McNabb says:

    Love nut milk in smoothies for a thicker texture & it’s more filling! Didn’t add the nuts instead used protein powder

  27. Linda E. says:

    I really liked this one. I was disappointed when it was gone. I added almond butter in place of the almonds. I will make this one again.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Nothing sadder than that slurping sound showing up because you ran out of smoothie sooner than you expected! LOL #doublebatch So glad you loved it, Linda!

  28. Michele says:

    I made this as a meal replacement, adding 2 tablespoons of protein powder and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Plus I added 1/4 cup basil just to see what it would taste like. I prefer the Day 1 and Day 2 smoothies, because they just used water, so were lighter tasting. The almond milk needs some getting used to. Next time I’d like to try this with almond meal. However, this protein-packed smoothie helped me go from breakfast to lunch with an even-level of energy.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Super glad this gave you that all-morning energy you needed, Michele! We’ve not tried almond meal in a smoothie, yet if you do be sure to add enough liquid for it to blend well.

  29. Angele LeFort says:

    Enjoy the almonds in this smoothie. Great meal replacement – satisfies hunger and energy boosting.

  30. Grace says:

    I like the flavour combination on day 3 of the 10-day spring smoothie challenge. I could see how a little cacao powder would make a tasty chocolate-fruit dessert smoothie. I used homemade almond milk that wasn’t strained, so my smoothie was a little thick from the pulp. I added hemp protein powder to make a breakfast meal replacement. I gave 4 stars because I prefer tropical smoothies and not the almond milk ones as much, but that might be because I didn’t strain out the pulp.

  31. Michelle says:

    I really enjoyed this one! I added almond butter instead of the actual almonds. I even made some for my girls because they liked mine so much.

  32. Michelle says:

    I really enjoyed this one. I added almond butter instead of the actual almonds. I even made some for my girls because they liked mine so much.

  33. Cynthia says:

    Love strawberries and blueberries with the added almonds. Delicious!

  34. Amanda Hawkins says:

    This one is okay. I don’t like almonds or any kind of milk in my green smoothies. So I used water as the liquid and a packet of almond butter. Not bad, just not great, hence the okay. 🙂

  35. Vashti Phillips says:

    Hmm mm!! Really tasty and just what I need. The berries are delicious.

  36. Barbara says:

    This is different. First the color is black and I am not sure I like the almond milk with the berries. I liked the cleaner berry taste of yesterday’s smoothie better.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Ooooh black? That sounds like maybe make too many blueberries made it into your mix this time. Yet, this is all about finding which combos you love. Glad you liked the Healthy Mixed Berry Smoothie!

  37. Hope says:

    Very tasty! I especially liked the creaminess of it, due to the almond milk. Not a great color (lol), but the flavor was good. I’ll make this one again for sure!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Hope! Smoothies with berries def won’t turn out green, yet as you found – still delish!

  38. Laura Jacobson says:

    I liked this smoothie a lot. It has really nice flavor and I look forward to making this one again!

  39. Jennifer A says:

    I love this one! It’s so creamy! Nut milk is my favorite smoothie base. I was out of almond milk, so substituted hemp milk, and used sliced almonds (unsoaked).

  40. Shirley says:

    I loved it, creamy, filling and delicious, especially as it was mostly frozen and I ate it with a spoon!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      That sounds insanely refreshing Shirley! 🙂 If you’re interested in having it a bit thinner to drink through a straw, just add more liquid when blending.

  41. Janice says:

    I liked this one also. I did add chia seeds and hemp hearts to give it more substance.

  42. Rachelle McCann says:

    This is my favorite so far. I did add collagen peptides to it. It is great.

  43. Laura Young says:

    Super tasty! Day 3 of 10 day smoothie challenge.

  44. Ruby says:

    Hearty

  45. Churice R says:

    The brazilian nut milk I made fresh and the added almonds i used make this one very creamy and a bit thick the way i like.

  46. Pat L. says:

    My favorite so far! I think I prefer using almond milk as opposed to water. Added chia seeds and coconut oil as meal replacement; held me solidly until lunchtime.

  47. Suzanne says:

    Added protein powder to make this a meal replacement as I forgot to soak almonds overnight! This was good but I prefer a more tart taste – think the blueberries aren’t my favourite taste in a smoothie. But still yummy!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This is def all about trying new ingredients and discovering what you love. So glad you’re blending with us Suzanne!

  48. Nancy Lewellen says:

    Creamy, I added protein powder also.

  49. Janice says:

    My first time trying almond milk. Loved it! I bought the unsweetened knowing the fruit do the sweetening. I forgot to soak the almonds so will try that next time. Due to the lack of good, fresh spinach in this town, I’m using frozen organic until I can make the hour trip to buy fresh. Waiting on delivery of SGS meal replacement protein & will try recipe again with that!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      You’re such a trooper Janice! Hoping you get some fresh spinach soon. Don’t forget you can try other greens like kale or collards if those are easier to find. And let us know what you think of the Berry Protein Smoothie when you blend it up with some Protein Smoothie Boost!

  50. Judith Walter says:

    One of my favorites. I added kale, chia seeds, mint and protein powder. I made 2- one to take with me on my walk

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Ooooh – mint is such a cool add-in Judith! Love that!

  51. Tina M Amos says:

    Very Good!

  52. JQue says:

    Oohhhh yesssssss.
    This is freakin DELICOUS..
    Adding this recipe to my favorites and sharing with my smoothie group!!!
    Yummmy yummmy yummmmy

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Yay JQue!!! Insanely yummy, right?! Thanks for sharing with your group! Woo hoo!!!

  53. Jen says:

    Definitely not as sweet as the others thus far. I went all out with the protein and did the almonds, almond milk and the Simple Green Smoothie meal replacement protein!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Jen – adding in the Protein Smoothie Boost and additional almonds can sometimes knock the sweetness down a touch. If you know ahead that you’re wanting to rawk that protein boost in your smoothie, be sure your banana is nice and ripe to up the sweet factor.

  54. Jenn. says:

    Didn’t add the almonds and used raw milk. Good but not as flavorful as other smoothies in the challenge this far.venjoyed that it wasn’t as sweet.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      If not strictly plant-based, raw milk is a cool option Jenn! If your banana isn’t very ripe, that could account for it not being as flavorful. Feel free to play around with the ingredients and let us know what you like!

  55. Jeannette Pepin says:

    Very tasty and fruity. Extra substantial with added protein. Really like this smoothie!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Smoothies with protein added make such a convenient meal replacement. Super glad you love it Jeannette!

  56. Erin says:

    Came out a gorgeous berry color! Added Protein Smoothie Boost to make it a meal bc I’m taking it on the go this morning!

  57. Azizah Hanif says:

    Love almond ❤️

  58. Cynthia Phelps says:

    I love the blend of berry flavors!

  59. Amanda Peters says:

    Not a huge almond milk fan but the berries seem to cover the flavor for the most part, just leaving the creamy texture behind.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Dif almond milk brands have different flavors to them. You might want to check out our Almond Milk Reviews to see if there’s one that would work better for you the next time you rawk the Berry Protein Smoothie. Happy blending!

  60. Linda Ruck says:

    What can i use instead of milk?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey there Linda! You can use any type of milk that works best for you (like rice milk, oat milk, cashew milk, etc). Or, if no plant-based milk will do the trick, def use water!

  61. Erin says:

    Sipping this with my one year old. We’re in love!! I also love that she’s getting a little more protein too 🙂

  62. Dayana says:

    Even tho I didn’t read correct the recipe, and I use water instead of almond milk, this was very good smoothie!

  63. Barbara says:

    I think I prefer eating almonds separate.

  64. Alissabeth Taylor says:

    Yummy! Tart at first, but just sweet enough when you get going. I would probably add more banana next time. Added a boost with some flax!

  65. Stacia Wilson says:

    I didn’t look ahead and missed the step to soak the almonds. Thankfully I have a powerful blender and the almonds blended perfectly. I had to add a little water but other than that I made it as outlined.
    Loved the flavor of this smoothie.

  66. Sher says:

    Berry Protein Smoothie –
    Not in love with this – I added a small scoop of protein powder and chia seeds – next time I will leve out the protein powder and chia seed and try something else. Dont think I will make this one again.

  67. Fiona says:

    I really liked this I forgot to soak my almonds overnight but just did a quick soak. Still tasted good.

  68. Amy Maxfield says:

    Super flavor and thick. Love this meal replacement!

  69. Shelley Anne says:

    Pretty tasty. I added some cauliflower, flaxseed and ginger to mine. Will make this one again

  70. Cynthia says:

    I love the strawberry/blueberry combo. I think I need to soak the almonds longer, all in all pretty tasty.

  71. Meagan says:

    This was so delicious! I didn’t have strawberries so subbed raspberries and a beet and used coconut milk & almond pulp (from making homemade almond milk) plus dinosaur kale. My 4 year loved it so much he asked for more

  72. Michelle says:

    I really liked this one! Didn’t add the almonds though.

  73. CristinaRibeiro says:

    Thick, creamy, filling

  74. Grace says:

    I still do not have blueberries so substituted blackberries. I forgot to soak the almonds overnight so just soaked them for about 30-60 minutes in the almond milk before blending. I added black chia seeds. Really enjoyed the creaminess and light almond flavour.

  75. Susan says:

    WOW this one is by far the BEST! Thanks Jen!

  76. Erin says:

    This smoothie was slightly more tart than other berry smoothies, but definitely delicious!

  77. Lelian Ocampo says:

    So good. I didn’t have almond milk but the smoothie was very tasty!

  78. Tim says:

    Another great recipe. Tastes delicious and very easy to put together. Would make this one again for sure.

  79. Jessica says:

    I love berries in my smoothies! I used almond meal (I forgot to soak my almonds) and added MCT oil. It was very tasty!

  80. Rosalie says:

    This one is tasty! I used almond butter instead of almonds because I forgot to soak overnight. I ran out of strawberries so I mixed in some cherries as well. Tropical smoothies are my favorite, but this one gets bonus points for the nuttiness – it’s very filling too.

  81. Sherri Lyness says:

    This was my first time putting whole almonds into a smoothie. Really like the flavor that it adds.
    Did have to add a little water to this one due to the fruit being frozen and making it quite thick.

  82. Jean says:

    This was quite tasty. I used a berry medley in place of strawberries and blueberries. I also added some cinnamon and matcha. Yum!

  83. Dora Suarez says:

    Yummy. I added the optional almonds (which I did soak overnight) and also tossed in some chocolate protein powder. This is so delicious, especially since I’m having as my post workout protein smoothie. It wasn’t as sweet as others but also not tart. There isn’t a single taste that stands out, everything blends perfectly, even my chocolate, after all who does not like chocolate dipped strawberries, bananas or blueberries. Right?

  84. Laura Young says:

    This is really tasty! Instead of adding the soaked almonds for extra protein, I just added some protein powder.

  85. Ella says:

    Ohhh sooo good.
    The creaminess is on spot.
    I added 1 tsp of peanut butter to make it even more creamier and protein filled.

  86. Andrew says:

    Hi, I’m excited to try this recipe! Any idea how many calories there are in total?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Andrew,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  87. Judy says:

    What type or brand of almond milk do you recommend?

  88. tina says:

    if trying to lose weight, what are the calories for these smoothies? Can they be meal replacements?
    Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Tina,

      Thanks for reaching out! Interested in using your green smoothie for weight loss? Using your green smoothie as a meal replacement is a great option! Check out our co-founder Jadah’s story, she lost over 25 lbs by using her green smoothie as a meal replacement.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/about

      Using your green smoothie as a meal replacement is simple! We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/meal-replacement-smoothie

      Worried about the calorie content of our recipes? We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

      Hope this helps!

  89. Chriss says:

    What substitute would you suggest for people with tree nut allergies?

  90. Jacquie says:

    Hi, I’m new here and love the concept and recipes so far! If I’m using almond meal for this recipe, is it the same amount as the whole almonds (1/2 cup) or a different amount? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jacquie,

      Using almond meal in this recipe is a great option! Just a quick FYI: 1 dry cup of almonds = a little less than 1 cup of almond flour.

  91. Charles says:

    First recipe I’ve tried on this site and I love it! Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Charles,

      YAY!! Thank you so much for blending with us! 🙂

  92. Jen says:

    can i add protein powder to this?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jen,

      Of course! Looking for an even great protein boost? We love adding plant-based protein options like hemp protein!

      Cheers 🙂

  93. Joy says:

    Did like the almonds, even after soaking still too gritty, will try next time almond butter . I’ll like almonds but not just like that, other wise nice.
    Thanks Joy

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Joy,

      Not a fan of the grit left from raw almonds. Reaching for almond butter is a great choice! Reach back out and let us know how almond butter works for you!

      Cheers 🙂

  94. Silvia says:

    Thank you for suggesting almond butter! I do have almonds but forgot to soak them. This smoothie is delicious. I am trying a new one every day.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Silvia,

      YAY! Happy you were able to enjoy this recipe with almond butter!

  95. jodee says:

    can you use almond butter instead of almonds?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jodee,

      Of course! Adding 2 Tbs of almond butter will give this recipe a great protein boost!

      Cheers 🙂

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