5-Minute Green Protein Smoothie
Packed with protein, this easy green protein smoothie is filled with veggies and protein for a nourishing, filling and delicious way to start your day.
About This Green Protein Smoothie
Packed with protein, this green protein smoothie is loaded with good for you ingredients, but tastes like a treat.
I’m personally a big fan of green smoothies (hello matcha protein shake, lettuce smoothie, and green glowing smoothie!), and this high protein green smoothie is definitely a morning staple in my house.
I love that this easy spinach protein smoothie gets protein from three different sources, including protein powder, peanut butter, and chia seeds!
Just like all my easy smoothie recipes, this one is loaded with fiber and some healthy fat, making it a great spinach protein shake to start your day with.
How to Make Smoothies with Staying Power
The powerhouse combination of fiber, fat and protein in this smoothie makes it more filling and satiating than a smoothie that’s only fruit-based or a shake that only has protein powder & water.
In this smoothie the fiber comes in the form of the banana, spinach, peanut butter, and chia seed.
The fat comes in the form of the peanut butter and chia seeds.
Finally, the protein can be found in the protein powder, chia seeds, and peanut butter.
Process & Tips
All you need to do is add all your ingredients to a blender and let it work its magic.
Before you know it you’ll be sipping on a delicious, nutrient dense protein shake!
Tip: Be sure to use a protein powder that you like the taste of, as it will significantly influence the taste of the smoothie.
Key Ingredients & Substitutions
Frozen banana: You can also use fresh banana along with extra ice in place of frozen banana in this recipe. The banana adds some natural sweetness and thickness to the smoothie.
Baby spinach: I like to use tender, non-bitter greens like baby spinach for green smoothies, but you can use any greens you like that blend easily and work well with these other ingredients. Some baby kale would work well in addition to, or in place of, spinach here too.
Peanut butter: Use almond butter in its place, or sunflower seed butter for a nut free option.
Chia seeds: The chia seeds really help to thicken up this smoothie and provide some healthy fat & fiber. If you don’t have them or don’t like them, you can skip them in this recipe.
Unsweetened milk of choice: Any milk will work great in this recipe. I used almond milk, but you can also use cashew milk instead. For a nut-free option try hemp milk, coconut milk, or oat milk. If you like a thinner consistency in your smoothies, add more milk.
Ground flax seed: Ground flax seed adds a bit of fiber and a dose of plant-based protein. I find it easier to use ground flax seed but you could also add whole flax seeds if you have a high speed blender.
Vanilla protein powder: You can use any protein powder you like the taste of. To keep this recipe vegan friendly, be sure to use a plant-based. To keep this recipe paleo friendly, be sure to use a grain-free and dairy-free protein powder.
Tip: If using fresh bananas in place of frozen, be sure to add ice to the blender for better texture.
Green Protein Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened milk of choice, such as almond or cashew milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.