Protein Smoothie Starters

I received the Nuttzo butter from Whole Foods in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own.

Protein smoothies are a great way to stay on track with healthy eating, make them easier and faster by using these starter cubes| Travel Parent Eat

I love drinking a healthy protein smoothie right after I’ve finished my workout.  My biggest issue with the smoothie is making it.  I’m usually in a hurry during the morning breakfast rush, and sometimes I don’t get around to making my smoothie until 10:00.  By that time I’ve already snacked on about 50 different unhealthy foods.  Is this just me?

I sincerely hope it’s not.  Nevertheless, I decided to find a way to make my smoothies without pulling all the ingredients out every time and running out of time.  Or forgetting a key ingredient.  Or grabbing my ingredients to find one (or more) of them have gone bad.

Right now we all want to eat healthy, and achieve our goals, but we have to find a way to make them fit together without compromising our busy schedules…

So, drum roll please,

Use whatever ingredients you like best, but use these steps to make healthy smoothies faster and easier.| Travel Parent Eat

Protein Smoothie Starters

I blended up all the basics and stuck it in ice cube trays.  Now when I want to make a smoothie I just pull out a row of starter cubes, and blend it up with water, or almond milk, or whatever liquid I’m in the mood for.

It’s so much faster and easier to clean up!  Instead of cleaning up 5 spoons, and knives, and bowls, or whatever, I have one knife (to get the cubes out of the tray) and the blender.  Pretty simple, eh?

So here are the ingredients for my traditional smoothie, but feel free to switch and swap whatever ingredients you like in your smoothies.

Ingredients

6 scoops muscle milk protein powder

12 Tbsp greek vanilla yogurt

6 Tbsp NuttZo butter

3 large kale leaves

3 very ripe bananas

Basic ingredients for a healthy smoothie, blended together, frozen and then popped out for convenient healthy food. |Travel Parent Eat

Directions

Blend together (using a hand mixer or blender) all ingredients until smooth.  Scoop it into a ziptop bag, cut off one corner, and squeeze it into the ice cube trays.  Place in freezer.

*This recipe makes 6 servings.  I had 6 rows of ice cube trays (3 trays with 2 rows each).  It worked out that I could just use one row per smoothie.

When you are ready to make a smoothie pour 1 c water into your blender and add the starter cubes.  Briefly pulse about 5 times to break up the cubes.  Then blend as you would a regular smoothie.  Add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to reach your desired consistency.  I don’t add all the water in the beginning because it splashes out and makes a mess. *You can also use almond milk, coconut milk, or coconut water to blend the cubes with.

protein smoothie ice cubes

I haven’t figured out the exact calorie amount for this particular smoothie combination.  Feel free to use your own ingredients, but benefit from this method.  It’s so nice to prep smoothies for the entire week without worrying about my yogurt or kale going bad.

One more starter recipe:

6 scoops protein powder

12 Tbsp greek vanilla yogurt

6 Tbsp NuttZo butter

3 large kale leaves

3 c blackberries (fresh or frozen)

3 avocados

Why do I use what I use?  What should you be using in your smoothies?

I use the protein powder, because A) I have it, 2) I like the extra protein boost, and C) I like pretty much anything chocolate.  I add the vanilla greek yogurt for the protein, flavor, and calcium.  I add the nut butter for protein, and the vitamins and minerals in the nuts and seeds.  I add the kale leaves for all the great qualities kale has (check out this post for more info), and the fruit for a little sweetness, creaminess, and vitamins and minerals.

Basically, pick foods that contain a lot of nutrients.  You can find some great resources about foods you should be consuming based on your health goals.  I am trying to lose and maintain weight loss, so I like extra protein without a lot of carbohydrates.  I also want a lot of vitamins and minerals to help give me energy with my on-the-go schedule.

protein smoothie nuttzo butter

One other note about this recipe:

In a previous post I mentioned the fun night I had at Whole Foods in Trolley Square.  While I was running around the store, I came across this NuttZo butter.  It has seven different types of nuts and seeds blended together.  Normally I would add chia seed to my protein smoothie, and with this butter, I don’t have to.  I also usually add raw almond butter to my protein smoothies, again, this nut butter combines these two ingredients, plus a bunch of other awesome ingredients like pumpkin seeds, flax seed, cashew, hazelnut, and brazilian nuts.  This was my something new item from Whole Foods.  I don’t know how many places sell it, but I do know Whole Foods sells it, and it is worth picking up!

I also enjoy this nut butter on apple slices for a quick snack before my workout or my afternoon snack to give me a little more pep and energy.   It would also be awesome to add to those no-bake energy bites.

What ingredients do you use in your healthy smoothies?  What matters more to you in a healthy smoothie, taste or nutrition?

In my opinion, this smoothie offers both: great taste with lots of nutrition!

Here’s another great smoothie recipe.

frozen raspberry lemonade

Happy New Year!

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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