A new year is upon us and I’m sure you’re thinking about how to make 2021 better than 2020. Last year should be easy to top for several reasons but let me put something healthy yet tasty on your radar to make it even simpler. If you’re trying to get more greens in, stay hydrated, cut added sugar, or cut down on dairy (but not creaminess because hello!), this sweet green protein power smoothie ticks all the boxes. She’s an over-achiever like me and is my go-to green smoothie for long, full days when I need all the fuel. Looking for a creamy green smoothie without yogurt, milk, or even a banana in sight? Grab your blender and let’s get into the details of this nutritional powerhouse.
Sweet Green Protein Power Smoothie Ingredients
- Blueberries – Fresh or frozen
- Ginger – Fresh or ground works.
- Greens – Use whatever you have on hand. I’m partial to a super greens mix of baby spinach, kale, and Swiss chard.
- Orange Juice
- Pineapple – Fresh or frozen
- Protein Powder – I like this vegan protein powder.
- Turmeric – Again, fresh or ground works.
- Honey – optional in case your fruit isn’t ripe/sweet enough
My sweet green protein power smoothie is a great way to try new kinds of greens. Have you ever had a green Swiss chard smoothie? What about a green smoothie with arugula? Now is the time to mix it up. I throw in whatever greens I have on hand and especially like the super greens mix I find in the produce section at my local grocery store. It has baby spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and arugula and I don’t taste any of it! There’s nothing better than a creamy, dairy-free, nutrient-dense smoothie that’s naturally delicious and sweet, right? Right.
This sweet green protein power smoothie truly powers my mornings or afternoons depending on when I drink it. Best of all, it’s a totally customizable smoothie recipe. I typically use blueberries because that’s what I tend to have on hand but you could substitute the blueberries with strawberries, raspberries or whatever berries float your boat. Fresh or frozen ingredients both work well in this green smoothie recipe but I try to use at least one frozen fruit here so that I don’t have to add ice.
More dreamy smoothie recipes:
- Blacker the Berry Acai Smoothie
- Chocolatey Post-Workout Smoothie
- Green Smoothie that Makes Your Skin Glow
- Immune Booster Smoothie
What Time of Day Should I Drink Green Smoothies?
I like to think of my sweet green protein power smoothie as a nutrient dense breakfast smoothie because I typically start my day with it and while it certainly works as a green breakfast smoothie, you could also enjoy it as a light lunch on the go, sip a half portion for a healthy green snack, or even enjoy this protein-packed green smoothie after a sweaty workout. It is pretty filling so the only time I wouldn’t recommend drinking this green smoothie is close to bedtime.
How to Store a Green Smoothie to Keep it Fresh
This green smoothie recipe makes about three servings so you only have to bring out your blender a couple of times a week if you want to enjoy one every day. Just be sure to store the remaining servings in an airtight container (like a thermos or a mason jar) in the fridge. And for even easier, breezier mornings, prep your green smoothies into frozen smoothie packs that you can just throw and go on your way out each day.
If you want to make naturally sweet detox green smoothies your thing in 2021, try this one asap. And remember to pin this recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
How to Make a Creamy Protein Smoothie without Dairy
A creamy, naturally-sweet green smoothie filled with nutrients and protein
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 3 handfuls fresh greens like spinach, kale, Swiss chard or a blend
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
- 1 one-inch piece of ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric or about one 1/2-inch piece fresh turmeric
- 2 servings protein powder
- honey optional for sweetness
Add all ingredients to a blender.
Pulse until smooth and uniform (about 45 seconds to one minute).
Pour one serving into a glass and enjoy cold.
Refrigerate remaining servings in an airtight container such as a thermos or mason jar. Keeps for about one week.
Smoothie keeps for up to three days in the fridge but contents may separate a bit over time. Just shake vigorously before consuming if this happens.