7 Delicious Muscle-Building Smoothie Recipes

February 24, 2013 | Kait Fortunato

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Smoothies are one of my favorite things to "eat" as part of a healthy diet. I often recommend them to clients who don't have much of an appetite in the morning. Smoothies are great because they're adaptable to almost anyone's taste buds, nutritional needs and food allergies. They are quick and portable, and you're sure get the most nutritional bang for your buck. (See also Make Healthy Eating Easier With These Items.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This tastes just like a peanut butter cup, so if you have a sweet tooth, this will satisfy you in the morning. The peanut butter provides healthy fats for staying power and it's a healthy way to satisfy your chocolate craving.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (dairy, almond or soy)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Green Monster Smoothie

This is an easy way to pack in a serving of vegetables outside or your typical lunch or dinner. The added fiber in this smoothie will aid in satiety and power you through your day.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup milk (dairy, almond or soy)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of protein powder of your choice

Pina Colada Smoothie

A client shared this one with me after picking up some coconut Greek yogurts. Tastes like a tropical vacation. Pineapple is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium to boost your immune system and build strong bones. The coconut butter adds some healthy fats and it's a fun change-up from nut butters.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chobani Coconut Greek Yogur
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Key Lime Pie Smoothie

I saw this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Peanut Butter Fingers, a fun take on a unique yet healthy smoothie. Lime juice is a great way to get a dose of vitamin C, without the added sugar that tends to be high in fruit juices.

Ingredients

  • 1 Oikos Key Lime Greek Yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Fun for athletes of all ages, packed with great protein and antioxidants from the rich berries.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (dairy, almond or soy)
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Cocoa Coffee Smoothie

I love anything mocha flavored, and the addition of caffeine can be beneficial for athletic performance.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (dairy, almond, soy)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee or espresso
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

The addition of pumpkin not only deepens the flavor but also adds a punch of vitamin A.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Photo: divascancook.com

Topics: PROTEIN
Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
Kait Fortunato
- Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, a large and experienced nutrition practice in Maryland. She focuses on individualized nutritional recommendations...
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