Today’s recipe is short and (just a little bit) sweet! This key lime high-protein green smoothie is nutrient-dense and perfect for a quick breakfast on the go. Whether you’re looking to squeeze in more veggies or protein, this recipe has you covered.
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Protein plays so many important roles — it helps us build and maintain healthy muscles and tissues, it modestly boosts metabolism and keeps us full and satisfied. We can’t eat our way to muscle mass by eating tons of protein (we need to move our bodies as well!) but it can help us out.
Your protein needs depend on factors that include your age and physical activity level. Most Americans consume adequate amounts of protein (typically 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight), but adequate intake is not always the same as optimal. If you’re struggling with managing hunger, cravings, or your muscle mass, getting a bit more protein with each meal and snack can help.
This smoothie uses two protein-rich ingredients; lime Greek yogurt and protein powder (I use/love Gold Standard Whey).
What’s With the Greens?
On an average day, most of us don’t meet our veggie needs. It’s easiest to add a cup or two of veggies into lunch or dinner, but it’s not as easy to do that at breakfast. Instead of chomping down on some celery on your way to work — sorry, no thanks — drink your veggies!
I’ll admit it, sometimes blended greens can taste a bit like grass. Luckily, I have a way around that. Adding flavorful mix-ins is a must for any green smoothie. This recipe uses tart, flavored yogurt and fresh lime juice to balance out any bitterness from the greens. It ended up tasting like a key lime pie, which I am totally here for.
Blend Like a Pro
I usually make smoothies in single-servings, so the recipe below is for one. If you’d like to serve a crowd, just multiply the recipe as needed and use a full-sized blender. I personally use a Ninja blender and I love that it gives me the option to use a large or single-serving blender depending on how many people want to drink smoothies with me!
Cheers to filling breakfasts and productive mornings!
Key Lime High-Protein Green SmoothiePrint Recipe
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice (I used Gold Standard Whey)
- lime yogurt (5.3 oz container, I used Chobani)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup leafy greens (I used Earthbound Farms Power Greens)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 handful ice
Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth!
Nutrition facts: 318 calories, 38g protein, 8g fat, 31g carb, Vitamin A 55% DV, Vitamin C 140% DV, Calcium 62% DV, Iron 35% DV