Berry protein smoothie for our 10-day challenge

Berry Protein Smoothie

POSTED ON 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.

Berry Protein Smoothie ingredients with almonds

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

Berry protein smoothie recipe

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
  • 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. Lynne says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Sushila Shah says:

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

  9. 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!

  10. gloria says:

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

  11. 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! 🙂

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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. 🙂

  15. 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!

  16. 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?! 🙂

  17. Alyssa says:

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

  18. Patti Langford says:

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. Ogechi Nwaokelemeh says:

    My first meal replacement smoothie!

  22. Cheryl Robillard says:

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

  23. Dawn says:

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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. Angele LeFort says:

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  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. Cynthia says:

    Love strawberries and blueberries with the added almonds. Delicious!

  33. 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. 🙂

  34. Vashti Phillips says:

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

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. Laura Jacobson says:

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

  38. 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).

  39. 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.

  40. Janice says:

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

  41. Rachelle McCann says:

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

  42. Laura Young says:

    Super tasty! Day 3 of 10 day smoothie challenge.

  43. Ruby says:

    Hearty

  44. 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.

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