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Last Updated on May 5, 2020 by Ellen Christian
You are going to love this Blueberry Protein Smoothie with Greek Yogurt! Summer is here but that doesn’t mean we should slack off on healthy eating. It’s so easy to start the day off with the wrong type of breakfast. I know I’m tempted when I see toaster pastries, donuts, and iced coffees on the table at meetings and attractions. Thankfully, this blueberry smoothie recipe is very easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Blueberry Protein Smoothie with Greek Yogurt
So why do I want a protein smoothie? High protein smoothies like this Blueberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie help develop lean muscle mass, encourage fat burning, and help you feel full. Some people choose protein powders but I’m always worried about the ingredients in protein powders so I prefer to do it the natural way when possible.
An added benefit of this blueberry protein smoothie with Greek yogurt is that it contains so many brain-boosting foods. Let your child start the day off with this smoothie before they head off to school. Blueberries may be effective at improving short-term memory and pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which helps enhance memory and thinking skills.
So, should you put yogurt in a smoothie? Yes! It’s a wonderful way to boost the protein content. I’ve shared several different protein smoothies here on the blog. So, if blueberry isn’t your thing, you can try my Tropical Protein Smoothie that has banana and pineapple or my Citrus Protein Smoothie. Or, try my black cherry smoothie with Greek yogurt.
Blueberry protein powder
If you want to add in even more protein, there is no reason you cannot add in your favorite protein powder. I’ve used Plant Fusion before and was pleased with the taste of it. But, if you want a blueberry protein powder, Eat the Bear is made with grass-fed whey protein powder and comes in blueberry flavor. You can really create almost any flavor combination you want to with this recipe. Why not try a blueberry chocolate protein shake or a blueberry oatmeal protein shake by tossing in a handful of oatmeal.
I find that this blueberry protein smoothie is a great breakfast. The added protein keeps me from feeling hungry as quickly. That means that I am less likely to snack on something unhealthy. It also makes a great post-workout snack. It’s cold and refreshing and the added protein powers you through the rest of the day.
Protein smoothie toppings
Of course, you don’t have to add a topping to your smoothie at all. Or, you can add a handful of fresh berries of your choice. Strawberries, raspberries, and more blueberries always work well for me. You can also add a handful of pumpkin seeds or chia seeds. Seeds are a great way to get added fiber into your diet.
How to blend your smoothie
A standard blender works fairly well when you’re making a smoothie. In some cases, the fruits may not be as smooth as I’d like. You can invest in a higher-powered blender. I really like this blender because it comes with blender cups for your smoothie. Or, you can get a smoothie maker which generally has more power to make everything smooth. If you like your smoothies thick, you might want to invest in a few smoothie straws.
Dairy-free smoothie recipes
My daughter is lactose intolerant. So, while she is generally OK with Greek yogurt, at times we make dairy-free smoothie recipes using soy or almond-based yogurt. It won’t have the protein that traditional Greek yogurt has. So, if you want this to be a protein smoothie and you’re using a dairy-free yogurt, be sure to add protein powder. There are several dairy-free varieties. Orgain is plant-based and comes in a yummy chocolate variety we’ve used before. And, you can easily make a blueberry smoothie with almond milk.
This really is one of our favorite breakfast smoothie recipes. It’s ready in minutes and is so much better for you than cold cereal or a pastry. If you use a personal smoothie blender, you can simply snap the top on the blender bottle and take it with you on the way to work.
What’s your favorite protein-packed smoothie recipe? Here are some protein shake benefits to be aware of.
- 1 small cup of your favorite Greek yogurt (please choose non-gmo and organic if you can)
- 1 cup of fresh, organic blueberries
- 1/4 cup milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp raw, local honey or maple syrup (optional)
- pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top
- a handful of ice to thicken
- Put everything in the blender & blend until smoothie consistency.
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of each smoothie.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 651Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 15gSugar: 51gProtein: 38g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.