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Berry protein smoothie for our 10-day challenge

Berry Protein Smoothie

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 10.26.2015 | COMMENTS: 47


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

Berry Protein Smoothie ingredients with 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 for our 10-day challenge

Berry Protein Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup 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.

Keywords: post workout smoothie recipe, pre workout shake recipe

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  1. 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 🙂

  2. Dayana says:

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

  3. Barbara says:

    I think I prefer eating almonds separate.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Fiona says:

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

  8. Amy Maxfield says:

    Super flavor and thick. Love this meal replacement!

  9. Shelley Anne says:

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

  10. Cynthia says:

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

  11. 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

  12. Michelle says:

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

  13. CristinaRibeiro says:

    Thick, creamy, filling

  14. 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.

  15. Susan says:

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

  16. Erin says:

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

  17. Lelian Ocampo says:

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

  18. Tim says:

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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?

  24. Laura Young says:

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Judy says:

    What type or brand of almond milk do you recommend?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Judy,

      There’s a wide variety of almond milks you can reach for. Personally we always try to ensure it’s free of added sugar or yucky additives. Trader Joe’s + Whole Foods are both great options. You can also make your own! Check out our recipe here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/diy-almond-milk

  28. 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/meet-jadah

      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/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      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!

  29. Chriss says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Chriss,

      Allergic to tree nuts? We’ve got you covered! Substitute in sun butter or other seed butter. Or swap in another plant-based protein source. Here are a few of our favorites…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

  30. 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.

  31. Charles says:

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

  32. 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 🙂

  33. 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 🙂

  34. 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.

  35. 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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