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Protein-Packed Breakfast Smoothie


Having a high-protein breakfast is very important for hypoglycemia, but I don’t like to eat solid food before 10 or 11 am. My days generally start much earlier than that, so a smoothie is a perfect first meal! Bonus – this is a really easy way to make sure I have green vegetables in my breakfast!

This recipe makes a very thick smoothie, which is how I like it, but if you prefer a thinner smoothie sub in fresh spinach or kale in place of the frozen spinach and/or increase the amount of your almond milk. You can also add a little water into the mix to thin things out if you are staying conscious of the calorie load. If I’m feeling bold and want a more savory smoothie I sub in pre-steamed, frozen butternut squash for the fruit and add a little cardamom!

Further Food Commentary:

I love this recipe especially to start your day! Super low in sugar to prevent blood sugar spikes and high in protein and fiber, this will keep you going all morning and thanks to the antioxidants in the berries and the greens you’ll be glowing from the inside out too. If you want an added omega-3 boost and a dose of lasting energy I’d recommend adding in a TBSP of chia seeds too!

By Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN

Protein-Packed Breakfast Smoothie

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  • Prep Time:2 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins (Blending)
  • Servings: 1


3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 cup chopped spinach

1/8 cup frozen berries or other fruit

2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder of your choice

1 teaspoon almond butter

1 teaspoon coconut butter

cinnamon to taste


Add ingredients in blender and blend!

Add ingredients in blender and blend!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 294; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 11g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 141mg; Potassium: 155mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 18g

 Nutrition Bonus: Calcium: 67; Vit A: 22%; Iron:18%



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5 thoughts on “Protein-Packed Breakfast Smoothie

  1. Linda Davis

    does it change the nutrition information if I used plain protein powder. Should I add a sweetner or vanilla extract?

    1. Recipe Team

      Hi Linda: There are a lot of protein powders on the market, so it is hard to know exactly what the nutrition information of yours is. Adding sweetener or vanilla extract is up to you, if you want the extra flavor and sweetness. If you choose to add sweetener, make sure you watch the quantities so you don’t add a lot of empty calories.

  2. Hannah Bornstein

    So yummy – I made it without the coconut butter and subbed 1/4 avocado instead and it was just as creamy and delicious! I also added 2 tbsp of hemp protein for an extra protein boost. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Katie Bishop, MS

    I make this smoothie practically every other day, except without the coconut, and its the bomb!!! Especially if you use whey protein, it makes it so fluffy and thick and creamy. I suggest adding a couple ice cubes to make it nice and chilled, and to add thickness if you prefer more volume and viscosity.


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