Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Nutty Strawberry Protein SmoothieHello from California! I’m actually writing this yesterday on the plane so no updates on the Stitch Fix & LUNA blogger vacay—if I were to take a stab at foreseeing the future though, I’d say I’m having a blast today! And now that I’ve totally confused you…

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

I don’t regularly supplement my diet, but after a particularly long or intense workout (for example, when I take back-to-back megaformer and spinning classes), I do pay more attention to my post-exercise nutrition. In general, I don’t think of diet/nutrition as a science or numbers game, I just make an effort to put more of the good stuff and less of the junk into my body each day. It works for me. But that being said, if you’re working out regularly, you absolutely need to be getting enough protein so that your muscles can repair themselves and strengthen (grow).

Within 30(ish) minutes of finishing a tough workout, I try to have a snack or meal that’s high in protein—and I like to keep it easy. If I workout before breakfast, that might mean I’ll have a couple scrambled eggs or a smoothie packed with protein as my morning meal. If it’s later in the day, I’ll grab a piece of toast with almond butter and bananas, or maybe a quinoa salad topped with nuts.

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

If I’m going the smoothie route, I’ll typically just put protein-rich foods into the blender—spirulina, hemp seeds/protein, a handful of nuts, peanut butter, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love spirulina and hemp protein, but unless you’re making a green smoothie, it turns everything brown. When my friends at Game Plan Nutrition sent me a sample of their vanilla whey protein powder, I couldn’t wait to make a strawberry smoothie that actually looked like a strawberry smoothie. Beautiful, right?? 🙂

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Not only is it beautifully pink, but it’s SO GOOD–I really loved the taste of Game Plan’s vanilla protein with the almond and berry flavors. Also super important to me, Game Plan doesn’t use any chemicals or hormones in their protein powder.

This smoothie is also super filling. I made this thinking it’d be a single-serving but I had to split it into two. And I think I’m going to start topping all my smoothies with crushed nuts from now on because the texture added by the almonds was unreal.

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Yield: 16 oz

Serving Size: 8 oz

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used a Game Plan sample pack = 30g)
  • 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, greens removed (7-8 depending on size)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • Handful crushed almonds (put some in the smoothie, top with the rest)

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a blender, top with some crushed almonds and enjoy!
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You will fall in love with this smoothie! Let me know if you try it out. And you can check out Game Plan HERE.

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Comments

  1. I love the addition of fresh nuts for some crunch. Sometimes smoothies don’t fill me up, but this one is packed with protein and healthy fats. Can’t wait to give it a go!

  2. Oh yum! I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast ever since the weather warmed up. They’re so good this time of year and this one sounds delish!

  3. Nicole, first time to the site, and extremely impressed.

  4. Michelle Carazas says:

    Nicole, Love the smoothie actually had some today! Love the almond addition, gave me the crunch and filler I needed!

  5. Anything from almonds and strawberries has my name written all over it! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  6. Carolyn McKibbin says:

    You are so right about adding crushed nuts for consistency! I added crushed pecans to my smoothie this morning for the first time and it’s an absolute epiphany!

  7. This looks delish! Right now I am hooked on making orange creamsicle protein shakes w/ vanilla protein powder but this is making me want to switch to strawberry. I know you tend to avoid dairy so I was wondering what your thoughts are on whey protein in general?

    • I don’t use it (or really any protein powder) very often, but here and there I do like it–mostly because it’s so darn yummy when vanilla flavored :). If you’re looking for a dairy-free option, go for hemp protein.

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