Protein Smoothies: 5 Refreshing Recipes For Summer

Break out your blender and grab some ice! Try these five delicious smoothie recipes for a fruity break from your normal protein shake. You won't be disappointed.

To survive the summer heat, many of us add fruit smoothies, snow cones, and milkshakes to our diets. The problem with sipping on those cool, sweet drinks, however, is the massive amount of sugar that accompanies them. So why not make your own, healthier summer smoothie? Even better, why not add a kick of protein?

Save yourself the cash, calories, and insulin spikes, and make your own smoothies at home! Real fruit and whole ingredients are much tastier than corn-syrupy puree, anyway. These five simple recipes make delicious, refreshing smoothies that are packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. Enjoy them as they are or add your own spin for more unique flavors!

1
Pina Colada

Instead of adding rum, add some protein! By making some healthy changes to this yummy favorite, you get to enjoy it without the guilt. Pineapples are full of vitamins, minerals, and bromelain, a digestive enzyme, so drink up!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend, pour, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 219
Total Fat5g
Total Carbs28g
Protein20g

Pina Colada PDF (101 KB)

2
Watermelon Mint

Tired of bland egg whites? Add watermelon and mint! This delicious treat is full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Watermelon, while super water-dense, contains vitamins A and C, plus potassium. The mint sprigs provide a touch of extra freshness. Add this smoothie to your breakfast, or enjoy it any time of the day!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend, pour and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Recipe serves 2
Amount per serving
Calories 111
Total Fat1g
Total Carbs17g
Protein14g

Watermelon Mint PDF (101 KB)

3
Strawberry Papaya

For all of those avid fish-avoiders, this is the smoothie for you. Although salmon is the heart of the omega family, papaya is also full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hooray! Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries will add some protein and flavor. It's the best of everything in one cup.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend, pour and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 108
Total Fat.2g
Total Carbs15g
Protein13g

Strawberry Papaya PDF (101 KB)

4
Cran-Coco Fibernator

Get your grubby paws off your Grandma's Metamucil wafers and gulp a big glass of this. Chia seed, flaxseed, and cranberries are all packed with fiber to keep your digestive system happy. The American Dietetic Association suggests that women consume approximately 21-25 grams and men 30-38 g of fiber per day. With almost 6 g of fiber, this recipe knocks out a significant amount of your daily needs in just one glass. It tastes great, too!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend, pour and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 307
Total Fat7g
Total Carbs52g
Protein11g

Cran-Coco Fibernator PDF (101 KB)

5
Coco-Mango Monster

Put some mango in the coconut and drink it all up! Simple, delicious, and full of the good stuff, mangoes are a fantastic source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc. If you have this in your hand, a hammock better be nearby!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend, pour and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Recipe serves 1
Amount per serving
Calories 224
Total Fat5g
Total Carbs29g
Protein20g

Coco-Mango Monster PDF (101 KB)

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