Protein and fruit power packed smoothies can provide the nutritional boost of a complete meal and have the advantage of providing a feeling of fullness without extra calories and fat

#1 Mango Carrot Smoothie

(Calories: 250 to 300, Protein: 10 to 12 g)

Mangoes are a great source of antioxidants and more than 20 different vitamins and minerals. Almond milk provides a great option to regular milk, and is easier on the digestion too. Blend the following ingredients together:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup fresh mango
  • 5 ice cubes
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence

#2 Green Protein Smoothie

(Calories: 400 to 450, Protein: 16 to 18 g)

This smoothie is a wholesome protein rich meal, rich in fibre and omega-3-6-9 fatty acids, vitamin A and C, iron, and calcium. The grapefruit adds a special punch, but if it’s no-grapefruit season, you can use tender coconut or orange juice in place of grapefruit. Blend the following ingredients together:

  • 1/2 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 large sweet apple, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 medium stalk celery chopped
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons hemp hearts, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes

#3 Mixed Berry Smoothie

(Calories: 310 to 320, Protein: 25 to 30 g)

Berries are superfoods, rich with vitamins and anti-oxidants.  Even the frozen varieties will do, as they are frozen at their nutritional peak with all the vitamins and minerals intact. Feel free to use gooseberries and other local berries instead of the others when necessary. Blend the following ingredients together:

  • ½ cup sweet cherries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ blueberries
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 scoop of whey protein powder
  • ½ walnuts/ almonds

#4 Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Smoothie

(Calories: 585, Protein: 59 g)

Chocolate shakes and smoothies are a rage in the fitness circuit these days not only because chocolate tastes great but also because it is a power-packed post-workout drink. And you’ll not even notice the spinach hidden in this recipe! Blend the following ingredients together:

  • 2 scoops of chocolate flavored whey powder
  • 12 oz water or low fat milk or yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure cocoa powder

#5 Peach smoothie

(Calories: 130 to 140, Protein: 6 g)

Peaches are one of summer’s wonder fruits, packed with plenty of nutrients, very few calories, and no fat. Powdered Flaxseed adds protein and fibre, while ginger imparts the kick required to make this smoothie really yummy. Blend the following ingredients together:

  • 2 cups cubed peaches
  • ½ small banana
  • ½ cup low fat milk
  • 1/3 cup low fat unsweetened yogurt
  • ¼ cup protein powder
  • 2 tablespoon flax seed powder
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 4 to 5 cubes of ice

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