This yummy smoothie is protein-packed and so good for you. I made a cool movie to show you how easy it is to make. You can find it in the recipe card.
This healthy whey protein smoothie is blended with a scoop of yogurt and a few strawberries that make it deliciously pink! It’s simple to make and so tasty.
There’s no added sugar, and it’s gluten-free and low-carb.
I love to garnish my drink with a strawberry and a sprig of mint from the garden. It adds a bright fresh aroma while sipping.
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On the blog, we talk a lot about the importance of getting enough protein in our diets. Sufficient protein is a key ingredient for healthy aging.
Thirty grams of protein spread out over three meals is recommended for older adults who do resistance training.
If you’re like me and have a hard time consuming a lot of protein, consider whey protein powder. Whey is one of the best sources of protein available.
Protein powder is an easy way to add protein to your smoothie. I use Muscle Feast whey protein. It has 21.5g of protein, 2.3g leucine (important for building muscle), and a bunch of branch chain amino acids. It’s also low calorie and low carb.
Adding it into a smoothie of non-fat yogurt and berries, brings the protein count up to 30 grams. Perfect.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying this smoothie as a lunchtime meal replacement. It’s quick and portable. You can take it with you when you have a busy day. Pour it into a travel cup, grab a straw, and you’re good to go.
Is protein in smoothies good for you?
You bet it is. Adding protein to your smoothie as a meal replacement helps you stay full and energized.
And since protein is necessary for muscle repair and growth, some say pre-workout or after exercise is a good time to drink it.
What? You don’t strength train?
Do you know that if you’re over the age of 35, you’ll lose about 3% – 5% of muscle every decade? Even worse, you could lose 4% of your strength per year.
Here’s the danger. Muscle is the organ of longevity. Without good muscle, your odds of early frailty and the chronic diseases of aging increase greatly.
So that’s why I prioritize resistance training to build muscle.
All right. I’ll show you how to make this drink in a minute, but I want to tell you one more thing about my method for the perfect smoothie.
Do you prefer a foamy or smooth protein smoothie?
I enjoy a light foamy smoothie. But some folks don’t care for the bubbles. Without getting really sciency, when pure protein isolate is vigorously shaken the proteins coagulate in a structure that holds onto air bubbles.
If you’d rather have a smooth drink, mix your water, yogurt, and strawberries in your blender first and pour into a tall glass. Then add your protein powder and stir with a spoon until dissolved. It mixes in pretty quickly.
Okay, ready to make it? Here is the order for your ingredients. Keep heavier frozen ingredients to add last so that they’re on top of the mixture. This will get the blender moving faster and prevent stalling.
*Free printable recipe card is available at the end of the post.
Then add protein powder.
And, finally, frozen strawberries. I use my Vitamix because the blade is powerful enough to pulverize the whole frozen ingredient including the fiber.
Secure the top and give it a whirl. This will yield a light foamy smoothie.
See my note above if you’d rather have a smooth fruity drink.
Pro tips and recipe notes
• The best way to make this smoothie is in a super blender. I have the Vitamix Professional Series 500. It’s over 9 years old and still going strong. It has an easy smoothie preset button so it only takes seconds to make.
• Don’t have a super blender like Vitamix? Go with soft fresh strawberries instead of icy frozen ones.
• When I buy fresh strawberries, I keep them in the freezer if I’m not going to eat them right away. Frozen strawberries make the smoothie thicker.
• I always recommend organic strawberries whenever possible.
• There are tons of ways that you can customize this smoothie. Will you swap out the strawberries for blueberries or raspberries? Or go ahead and add a variety of berries. Nuts or seeds make a nice addition, too.
• If you need to make this ahead, you can keep it in the fridge. However, it may separate so give it a stir. It’s best to drink right away.
I hope you love this smoothie as much as I do.
And if you have any questions, please reach out to me in the comments or shoot me an email. I’ll respond ASAP.
More healthy smoothie ideas
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Radiant Skin Smoothie (With Chia Seeds) – You’ll love this green smoothie. It’s made in your super blender including berries, greens, celery, apple and chia seeds which promote radiant skin.
Strawberry And Yogurt Smoothie – This smoothie is a healthy treat rather than treats with empty calories.
High-Protein Smoothie With Strawberries
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 scoop (24 grams) whey protein
- 3 strawberries frozen
- Place all ingredients into Vitamix container in order listed and secure lid.
- Set Vitamix to pre-programmed Smoothie setting and start machine. It will automatically shut off once cycle is complete.
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