Recipe: Green Protein Smoothie

Fruit Recipes, Pre + Post Workout Recipes, Smoothie Recipes

By: Deborah Murphy, MS, RD, LDN


Sneak in an extra serving of vegetables into your routine by whipping up this yummy green protein smoothie made with simple ingredients like mango, banana, and kale.

This green protein smoothie recipe combines nutrient-packed kale, frozen mango, and almond milk. Filled with protein (thanks to our favorite protein powder) and vitamins this low calorie green smoothie will give your body a kickstart.

We are big fans of breakfast smoothies around here and this mango protein smoothie is a recurring favorite.

We like to sip on this smoothie alongside some toast for a healthy breakfast or for a pre- or post-workout snack. The mango and banana add just the right amount of natural sweetness so there’s no need for added sugar.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Frozen Mango: we buy my organic frozen mango from Costco in bulk since it is such a good deal and it tastes great! Fresh mango can be used of course, but the frozen fruit will make a thicker smoothie that is almost like a frosty. 
  • Banana: for a thicker smoothie, use frozen banana. Banana adds sweetness as well as creamy texture to this smoothie. 
  • Kale: both fresh or frozen kale works in this smoothie recipe. Try to use baby kale in the pre-washed bags if you can find it since it has a more mild flavor and purees smoother. If you don’t have kale, you can substitute baby spinach in this recipe. 
  • Nut Milk: I usually use almond milk but you can use coconut, hemp, or soy milk. Just make sure you’re choosing one that is unsweetened or low in added sugars. 
  • Protein Powder: I always use Truvani plant based protein powder in this recipe, but you can use any unflavored or vanilla protein powder of your choice.

Tools For This Recipe

Optional Smoothie Nutrition Boosters

  • Nut Butter: make your smoothie even more filling by adding a spoonful of nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. All of these are a great source of heart healthy fats and other nutrients like vitamins E and B6. 
  • Chia Seeds: these tiny seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and heart healthy fats. Add just 1-2 tablespoons to your smoothie. 
  • Flaxseeds: add a tablespoon or two of ground flax seeds to your smoothie for extra fiber and heart healthy omega-3 fats.
  • Hemp Hearts: add a tablespoon or two of hemp seeds to your smoothie. They are a great way to get some extra omega 3 fats in your diet as well as magnesium and zinc.

How to Make a Healthy Green Protein Smoothie

ingredients for green protein smoothie in blender on white countertop

Just add all the ingredients to your smoothie maker or blender. We recommend layering your smoothie ingredients so that the greens are closest to the blade.

By putting all the other ingredients over top of the greens, it helps push them into the blade so that you get a smoother blend – even if you don’t have a high-powered blender. 

Blend everything at a low speed until larger pieces are broken up; use a spatula to push the ingredients down if needed. Finish on high speed until smooth.

Are Green Smoothies Healthy?

Yes! Green smoothies can be a healthy addition to your daily routine. We like sipping on this healthy green smoothie recipe as part of a filling breakfast or a post-workout snack.

Making sure to add some protein to your green smoothies will make them much more filling. Use fresh fruit like we did rather than fruit juice or honey to add sweetness to your green smoothie.

yummy green protein smoothie in glass cup with glass straw

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Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh baby kale or spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 scoop protein powder (we like BiPro unflavored whey protein powder)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Add more milk to thin if needed.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 1

Calories: 194

Protein: 11 gram(s)

Fat: 5 gram(s)

Carbohydrates: 34 gram(s)

Fiber: 3 gram(s)

Sugar: 20 gram(s)

194 calories, 11 grams protein, 5 grams fat, 34 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 20 grams sugar

**I always recommend frozen kale over fresh in smoothies because it's already chopped and gives the drink a thicker consistency.

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