If you didn’t know already, a high protein diet is one of the most effective ways to achieve your weight loss goals.
Protein isn’t just for bodybuilders, a high protein diet can be used by individuals with any goal they may have.
When I was a bit overweight, the first thing I changed in my diet was the amount of protein in my meals.
I didn’t necessarily cut any food groups out, I just reduced the amount of everything else but increased the protein.
And the result was amazing. I didn’t have any cravings, barely felt hungry throughout the day, and lost over 5 pounds within 4 weeks!
So, incorporating a high-protein smoothie as part of your weight-loss diet will only benefit you.
Are High Protein Smoothies Good For Weight Loss?
High protein smoothies can be a great addition to your weight loss diet because high protein smoothies promote satiety and a feeling of fullness.
Technically, they are good for weight loss, because if you feel full for hours, you are less likely to snack more or overeat later.
To double down the effect of high protein smoothies for weight loss, try keeping them low calorie too, this will make the weight loss even more effective.
Do note, that just drinking a high protein smoothie a day won’t allow you to magically lose weight, with no other efforts.
You still need to carefully track the total amount of calories you consume for the day, in order to lose weight.
Are High Protein Smoothies Good For You?
Are protein smoothies good for you? You are probably thinking whether protein smoothies are actually healthy.
The answer is, it depends.
If you are making your own protein smoothies at home, then the chances are that they are going to be much healthier.
However, if you are buying them pre-made, it’s unlikely that they will be as good for you. For example, premier protein shakes are not healthy.
Always look at the ingredients list if you are shopping for pre-made smoothies. Any sign of added sugar, fruit purees, concentrates, and even artificial sweeteners, are ingredients that you should stay away from.
Saying that there are, of course, pre-made smoothies that can be good for you, and if you are buying them from a smoothie chain, there are options to customize them!
What Ingredients To Use In High Protein Smoothies?
If you want to make your homemade protein smoothies healthy, there are ingredients you may want to consider.
Here’s the list of ingredients we often use in our homemade high protein smoothies:
- Nuts (we often use nut butter).
- Seeds (sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds)
- Cream Cheese.
- Cottage Cheese.
- Peas – frozen peas in smoothies are excellent!
- Beans (cooked).
- Citrus Fruit.
- Leafy Greens.
- Tropical Fruit.
- Protein Powders.
- Collagen Powders.
- Cocoa/Cacao Powders.
- Dairy-Free Milk.
- Coconut Water.
And the list goes on. You are probably wondering though, why are there peas, tofu, and beans on there?
Well, these are high-protein ingredients that actually work really well in smoothies.
Smoothies aren’t just made with fruit. You can make smoothies with whatever ingredients you like!
Do I Need Protein Powder To Make High Protein Smoothies?
The easiest way to add protein to your smoothies is by using protein powder.
However, protein powder can drastically affect the taste of smoothies, especially if you are using flavored and sweetened powders.
If you do want to use protein powders, make sure you use unflavoured and unsweetened.
Other ways to add protein to your smoothies are by using high-protein fruit, nut butter, yogurt, tofu, etc.
Our Tops Tips For Making a High Protein Smoothie
When it comes to making a tasty high protein smoothie, that doesn’t taste starchy, too thick, too thin, etc, here are some key tips:
- Balance is key! Do not add too much of the same ingredient. You don’t want one ingredient to overpower the others.
- Use Variety. Don’t make single-flavored boring smoothies, otherwise, you won’t enjoy them. Use a combination of flavors.
- Use Ingredients You Genuinely Like. If you have to force yourself to use ingredients, just because a recipe states so, again, you simply won’t enjoy it, so there is no point.
- Taste, Taste, Taste. Sometimes, a recipe won’t necessary be to your liking. So always taste it, and adjust it accordingly to suit your taste and preferences.
Our High Protein Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss
Now, let’s get to the recipes.
Because we absolutely love adding protein to our smoothies, we have an extensive list of all kinds of protein smoothies.
Whether you need a high protein smoothie for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, post, and pre-workout, we have a recipe for everyone, for every need!
Protein Breakfast Smoothie For Weight Loss
- 1 Blender We used this one
- 1 cup/150g of frozen blueberries
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt unsweetened
- 1 tbsp almond butter unsweetened
- 1-2 scoops of protein powder depending on serving size unsweetened
- 150 ml of almond milk unsweetened
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth. For about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Starting the day with a high protein and nutrient-dense breakfast is going to set your day just right.
The high amount of protein in this breakfast smoothie will fill you up for hours, which can help reducing the amount of calories you consume for the rest of the day.
This blueberry breakfast smoothie has 26.5g of protein per serving!
We love this smoothie, because it’s high in protein, and it’s made using a mix of ingredients, that work very well together.
Nothing overpowers everything, all the ingredients work in great harmony.
Each serving of this smoothie contains 28.7g of protein!
Cottage cheese may not taste great on its own, but it’s wonderful in smoothies.
Furthermore, cottage cheese is high in protein. low calorie, low fat, and it makes your smoothies so much creamier!
A serving of this cottage cheese smoothie contains 18g of protein.
We mentioned earlier that having a low calorie protein smoothie, can make help weight loss a lot better.
This 200 calorie shake has 15.1g of protein per serving. Drink this as an afternoon snack, or breakfast, and it will fill you up for hours!
Mango adds a wonderful tropical flavor to your smoothies.
If you are looking for an interesting protein smoothie with a deliciously sweet mango, then this recipe is for you.
A serving of this protein mango smoothie will give you 33.2g of protein!
A lot of people avoid protein powder. For whatever reason, some people just do not like using protein powder.
And for that reason, we have crafted a delicious high protein smoothie, without the need for protein powder.
Each serving of this spinach smoothie contains 19g of protein!
If you are a fellow athletic greens lover, then this should give you an idea of how to make it taste better.
Athletic greens mixed with water tastes ok, but we have all at one point forced ourselves to drink it quickly, so we won’t have to taste it anymore.
A great way to use your daily athletic greens that taste good is to add them to your smoothies.
A serving of this green smoothie contains
This is a delicious fruit protein smoothie, that has tropical notes to it, but also nuttiness from the peanut butter.
A serving of this fruit smoothie will give you an amazing 29.4g of protein.
We have something for our UK friends too. Weetabix in England and the United Kingdom is extremely popular for breakfast.
Weetabix is often used in healthier desserts and snacks. It also blends really well in smoothies.
Weetabix has a protein version of their product, which is an excellent source of protein to add to your smoothies because Weetabix is also high in fiber.
A serving of this smoothie will give you 33.4g of protein.
Did you know that kefir has high in protein? A cup of plain kefir has 9g of protein, even more than yogurt!
Kefir is also incredibly good for our gut health. If you need a boost of protein and a boost of gut health, add kefir to your smoothies.
A serving of this 4 ingredient weight loss kefir smoothie contains 16.4g of protein. And that’s with no protein powders.
This smoothie has a delicious combination of ingredients. It’s also thick, and nourishing.
Strawberry and chocolate work well together, as we all know, but so does raspberry and chocolate.
If you haven’t tried that combination before, then you surely need to make this protein raspberry and chocolate smoothie.
A serving of it will give you 33.3g of protein!
This is a relatively low calorie protein smoothie, that is high on protein and only needs 4 ingredients.
If you love strawberries and have leftover strawberries you want to use, make this delicious high protein strawberry smoothie!
A serving each will provide you with 29g of protein.
This is a healthy high protein chocolate-flavored smoothie.
This smoothie is perfect to curb cravings and satiete you. Drinking a serving of this smoothie I will fill you up for hours.
Each serving contains 22.3g of protein.
We have another smoothie recipe for you that is high in protein but it’s made without protein powder.
This smoothie has an interesting blend of ingredients. These include:
- Cacao Powder
- Almond Milk
- Almond Butter
- Shelled Hemp Seeds
The smoothie comes out thick, and so delicious!
A serving of this smoothie will provide your body with 12.3g of protein.
This cranberry smoothie isn’t just offering protein and weight loss benefits, but it’s also great for your urinary tract system.
Cranberries can battle UTIs and so much more. This smoothie can help flush out toxins from your kidneys.
A serving of this healthy smoothie will give you 11.7g of protein. And this is without protein powder.