Delicious high protein smoothie recipes for weight loss? Say no more! Try one of these healthy & filling easy high protein smoothies out!
Hey there – it’s Chantal!
I’m a mom of two, NASM certified personal trainer, and I’m also a certified nutrition coach.
(Woop woop – you can take a look at my nutrition for weight loss course here!)
Welcome to my site!
If it isn’t obvious, I’m a little into food and fitness.
I have dedicated the last 5 years of my life to learning all about exercise science, nutrition, and health in general.
But it wasn’t always that way, and that doesn’t mean that I’m perfect when it comes to food (or even working out).
Nope, I have pretty much always struggled with meal prep, motivation, and emotional eating.
It’s not something that I learned to manage well until I became an adult. But I had to choose to address it with intention.
That’s why I’m here!
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In This Post: Everything You Need To Know About The Best Protein Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
I tend to include a lot of information in my articles, so here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find in this one:
- A little bit of backstory on this fitness blog + me
- Why I’m writing about the best protein smoothie recipes for weight loss
- Basic healthy smoothie recipe tips
- List of my top 21 favorite protein smoothie recipes for weight loss
My Blog & Fitness Journey Backstory (The Short Version)
This blog started out as an online fitness journal for my personal accountability.
I wasn’t a personal trainer yet – I was just a regular new mom who was desperate to feel healthy and strong again.
My first pregnancy was really dang hard and I gained a LOT of weight during it. I also lost a ton of muscle.
Unfortunately, I also gained some weight in the post-weaning period around 6 months postpartum.
The result was a super uncomfortable and depressed version of myself.
Related Reading: 10 Natural Ways to Combat Postpartum Depression
I wanted to get healthy again, but it felt like one huge fight to make one good decision. (Depression will do that to you.)
After becoming a mom, I quickly discovered just how much harder making healthy food choices was going to be when my life was busy and my body was tired.
Add in a lack of motivation and a hormonal rollercoaster and you have a recipe for disaster.
But what’s a girl to do?
With my time, energy, and motivation waning, there had to be some sort of “quick fix” when it came to nutrition.
Like many people with fitness goals, I started getting into protein shakes and smoothies.
Because it’s simply one of the most convenient and quickest ways to eat healthy when you’re in a pinch for time or energy.
Protein smoothies and shakes can be a total lifesaver when it comes to maintaining your progress and eating well.
It requires less time, less thinking, and typically, less cleanup.
You don’t have to prepare yourself a whole meal, and it’s often cheaper than eating meat or other meals.
Plus, it’s an easy way to add in greens and micronutrients where you might not otherwise.
Basically, when you’re struggling to make good decisions, it’s a total game-changer.
Fast-forward to today – I’m super grateful for the time I spent dabbling in the world of protein smoothie recipes for weight loss!
While I don’t consume protein shakes or smoothies every day, they are still my go-to when I’m in a time crunch or when I’m getting really serious about nutrition.
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Why I’m writing about the best protein smoothie recipes for weight loss
Now that I’ve been testing not only protein powder brands and flavors, but recipes with a variety of ingredients, it’s easier than ever to make a quick smoothie.
The truth is that having a go-to list of protein smoothie recipes for weight loss in your brain does take some time and troubleshooting.
But it’s a worthy investment of your time and money if you’re focused on longevity.
(While I will always be an advocate for whole foods and regular meals, smoothies will always deserve a place at the table for those tough times.)
Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a list of tried-and-true protein shake recipes for weight loss already. Just pick one that sounds good and enjoy!
This list will hopefully make your life easier – because weight loss is tough enough as it is!
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Basic healthy smoothie recipe tips
Before we dive into weight loss smoothie recipes, I want to go over some general guidelines for healthy weight loss in the context of smoothies.
As a nutrition coach, I have to warn you against extreme diets of any kind.
I share these recipes as a great way to boost nutrition, but I would never advocate replacing more than one meal per day with a smoothie.
In my opinion, smoothies make a great addition to a healthy diet.
They are part of a healthy meal, but please don’t rely on just smoothies to fuel your body!
I only recommend meal replacement smoothies for when you’re in a pinch or are looking to add to your regular meals.
In short, if you’re looking for an extreme diet instead of just extra protein, I’m not the girl to come to. 🙂
Now that we’ve covered that, here are some tips for a balanced smoothie:
- Healthy fats are a good thing! They help regulate your hormones and contribute to a creamy texture. If you need help choosing fat sources, here’s a good article to read.
- Watch out for extra sugar – if your goal is weight loss, added sugar is not going to help.
- Most people need to increase their protein intake quite a bit. It helps curb appetite and contributes to muscle growth. Choose a protein powder with enough protein to keep you full!
- Smoothies can spike your blood sugar if you’re not careful. However, some natural sweeteners can help to keep your blood sugar levels from spiking, so choose carefully if you’re diabetic or concerned with that.
- Smoothies are not a magical weight loss drink. Generally speaking, you still need to be in a calorie deficit in order to lose weight.
- For most recipes, you’ll want the choice of a vanilla and chocolate protein shake as a main ingredient. Look for ones with 25+ grams of protein per serving. This is the clean protein powder I use.
- A smoothie blender makes for easier cleanup and less dishes. This is the Ninja blender that I have and recommend!
Alrightyyy then. Time for the recipes!
21 Delicious Protein Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss
1. Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
This is my twist on a peanut butter banana smoothie. It has baby spinach + vanilla protein powder.
The PB and banana combo creates a perfectly cream texture and it’s totally delish. Check out the recipe here!
P.S. Frozen banana works just as well as fresh fruit!
Contains ~45 g protein.
2. Berry Protein Smoothie
This shake is perfect for summertime when it’s fresh berry season, but you can use frozen whole fruits as well. (Just omit a few ice cubes if you use frozen fruit.)
You’ll get some great antioxidants and vitamins!
Tip: Add an extra scoop of protein powder if muscle gain is your goal!
3. Piña Colada Protein Smoothie
Love piña coladas? Want to pretend you’re enjoying a delicious blended alcoholic drink?
If you have coconut milk on hand, this one is for you.
4. Vanilla Blueberry Protein Shake
I’m not personally into blueberries, but I know that they are insanely healthy. (Antioxidants, anyone?)
This smoothie is perfect for getting those berries in the form of a creamy treat. Super easy and quick to make, this vanilla blueberry protein shake is worth a try!
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 Scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 1/2-1 cup of low-fat milk
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries (or use fresh but increase ice)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Water as needed!
- Spinach is optional!
Blend together and enjoy!
*Tip: Use almond milk to replace low-fat milk anytime you want!
5. Supergreens Protein Smoothie
Focused on micronutrients and immunity? Want to try hemp seeds? This could be the perfect smoothie for you.
This particular smoothie is also vegan, but you can easily tweak it according to your tastes. (And whatever protein powder you have on hand.)
*Make it supercharged by adding a bit of fresh ginger!
6. Tropical Green Smoothie
Want to pretend you’re on that much-needed tropical vacation? This is the smoothie for you.
Packed with nutrients as well as protein, this yummy protein green smoothie is a go-to for the ultimate nutrition.
7. Green Tea Protein Smoothie
Looking for a bit of a boost when it comes to energy levels?
This green tea protein smoothie is worth a try for the caffeine alone!
8. Matcha Protein Shake
What’s a little more caffeine? I’m not a matcha person (despite growing up drinking it) but maybe you are.
If you’re looking for a nutrient and protein-packed smoothie that also has matcha, you’ll like this recipe from Purely Inspired.
9. Strawberry Banana Smoothie
A classic among fruit smoothies – but with added protein! What’s not to love?
This particular recipe calls for Premier Protein, but it can easily be tweaked to feature your favorite protein powder.
P.S. Strawberries are high in vitamin C!
10. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
This one is pretty seasonal, but if you really love pumpkin pie like I do, there’s nothing wrong with some pumpkin smoothie in the middle of summer. 🙂
Try this pumpkin pie protein shake if you’re feeling jazzed for the holidays.
11. Chocolate Banana Shake
My sweet tooth is almost always craving chocolate, and this is a good one for those who can relate.
If you’re an ice cream lover, this is also perfect for you. The banana contributes a smooth and creamy texture. So good!
12. Vanilla Chai Protein Shake
Need a little chai spice in your life? There’s a smoothie for that!
Grab your chai tea and test this baby out! Here’s the recipe.
Tip: Add chia seeds for a boost of fiber.
13. Butterfinger Protein Shake
If you make a smoothie that’s not yummy, what’s the point?
Make getting your protein in delicious with a Butterfinger protein shake – you’ll never look back!
14. Oatmeal Cookie Protein Shake
Love a good oatmeal cookie? (Or just cookies in general like me?) This one is for you.
If you have cinnamon + a bit of oatmeal on hand, why not give this delicious oatmeal cookie protein shake a try?
15. Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie
I guess you could have any of these as breakfast smoothies, but this one is *specifically* for a morning meal.
Just add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein to this recipe for that high-protein you’re looking for.
Tip: Add an extra dollop of Greek yogurt to make any smoothie creamier!
16. Coffee Smoothie For Weight Loss
I’m a coffee girl through and through, and I love this coffee protein smoothie so dang much!
Enjoy this deliciously creamy & caffeinated protein smoothie by visiting Erin Lives Whole for the recipe!
17. Cold Brew Protein Smoothie
Cold brew is all the rage these days, so why not go ahead and put it in a protein smoothie?
You can find tons of cold brew protein shakes on the web, but this particular recipe from Fit Foodie Finds is the most drool-worthy!
18. Mango Protein Smoothie
This delicious mango protein smoothie calls for turmeric & ginger.
Make it with frozen or fresh fruit any time of the year!
Check out the recipe at Simple Stylings.
19. Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
Have an avocado that is about to go to waste? This is the perfect smoothie for you!
Chock-full of healthy fats & antioxidants, this healthy blueberry avocado smoothie from He & She Eat Clean is worth a try!
20. Power Protein Green Smoothie
This is one of those green smoothies to reach for if you are laser-focused on micronutrients/nutrient density.
Even if you aren’t a green smoothie junkie, give this delicious power protein green smoothie recipe a try for an extra boost every now and then!
21. Chocolate Peppermint Shake
Have chocolate protein powder on hand? If you’re feeling festive or are just into peppermint, this one is a great one to try!
A little bit of frozen banana makes this delicious chocolate peppermint protein shake extra creamy & yummy!
That’s it folks!
I hope you enjoyed my list of top protein smoothie recipes for weight loss.
Best of luck,