Juice Smoothies with Protein

When we talk about fresh, healthy juices, the conversation is almost always about the mix of vitamins and minerals we’re getting. But there are other nutrients we might be needing, and one of those is protein. If you’re looking to boost your protein, don’t discount juicing. Lots of great recipes are high in protein, especially when you add lots of rich leafy greens.  While normally I will talk all about traditional “Juicing”, I like to mix in a blended drink here and there.  I don’t make a juicer, but I can recommend the Vitamix as an awesome blender to compliment your ownership of the Healthy Juicer!

To get the most protein in a drink, you’ll do better with a smoothie rather than a straight blend of just juice because of the dairy (or non-dairy) ingredients. With that in mind, here are some recipes for juice smoothies with protein.

Tropical Green Yogurt Smoothie

Getting into green protein smoothies is easy with this simple basic recipe. You can use standard yogurt if that’s what you have, but it’s the Greek variety that packs that extra protein punch.

  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 banana, chunked
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
  • 1 oz shot wheatgrass juice
  • 1 oz shot spinach juice
  • 1 tbs honey

You can freeze the fruit before blending if you want. Otherwise, just get all the ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth.

Almond and Chia Green Smoothie

You’ll get protein from several sources with this creamy fruit smoothie. The almond milk is the main source but the chia and flax certainly add their contribution too.

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 shot spinach juice
  • 1 shot wheatgrass juice
  • 1 banana, chunked
  • 1 kiwi, chopped
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs flax seed, ground

Combine everything in your handy blender, and whip up a smoothie.

Double Green Smoothie

With avocado as well as green juice, this has double the green and double the taste!

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 avocado, chunked
  • 1 banana, chunked
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 shot spinach juice
  • 1 shot wheatgrass juice
  • 1 inch piece of peeled ginger root
  • 1 cup ice cubes

You might want to mince up the ginger root before you blend, depending on how powerful your blender is. This recipe will make about 2 smoothie servings (the others are for just one).

Fruit and Veggie Green Smoothie

This is a less creamy sort of smoothie, and maybe a better bet for anyone who prefers a lighter consistency in their drinks. It’s also a good choice if you don’t keep milk products on hand.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 shot wheatgrass or spinach juice
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup pear, chunked
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
  • 6 raw cashews

Blend until ready to drink. You can adjust the water if you want it thinner or thicker.

The specific green juices you use in these recipes is pretty flexible. I’ve included spinach and wheatgrass because they blend well and offer up the best nutrition level. But if you happen to have kale or collard green juice on hand, or just prefer another flavor of green juice, feel free to swap them around for variety or just convenience.

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