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Protein Power Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

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If you’re looking for an easy breakfast, or post-workout treat that’s packed with protein then this blueberry banana protein smoothie is the way to go!

Two jars of blueberry banana protein smoothie | HurryTheFoodUp

Fresh fruit smoothies are a great way to get some healthy eating into your diet – I’m certainly very guilty of not eating anywhere near enough fruit!

So this lovely recipe goes someway to remedying that – and it’s a winner, as it tastes like cheesecake!
And this blueberry banana smoothie is also an absolute protein beast.

One serving already boasts well over 27g of the stuff – and with added powder (depending on the variety) will take you closer to the 45g mark, it’s the perfect way to hit your goals.

Those are the kind of numbers that would make Arnie blush.

And if you’re looking to find more vegetarian recipes then check these out!

So let’s take a look at what makes this smoothie so epic!

Low fat snacks with minimal ingredients are definitely my jam. What’s in this one you wonder?

Ingredients

This protein smoothie recipe is so beginner-friendly!

Fruit

Fresh blueberries are a key ingredient as their slight tartness balances out the sweetness of the banana in this banana blueberry smoothie.

The banana goes so well with the blueberries. I chose to use a frozen banana as it helps to chill the smoothie and creates a delicious smoothie.

You could also use a fresh banana too though if you don’t have a frozen one. Make sure it is a ripe banana either way so its natural sweetness is at its best.

Liquids

I added water to thin down the fruit mixture and also add vanilla extract. Vanilla is a great base for the other fruity flavors to combine with.

You can also add more or less water depending on how thick you want the consistency.

Protein

An easy way to increase protein in a healthy smoothie like this one is to use simple ingredients that are naturally high in protein. I chose to add cottage cheese to this recipe.

Its bland flavor means that it doesn’t detract from the other flavors, and you won’t notice its texture once it’s gone through a high-speed blender.

Extras

I’m also adding lemon zest for extra zing and chia seeds for a nutritional bonus.

How many calories are in this protein smoothie recipe?

There are 506 calories, and 27 grams of protein in this flavourful favorite.

And here’s a quick look at the other nutritional facts,

kcal 506kcal

Carbs 71g

Fat 14g

Protein 27g

Health benefits

There are some awesome benefits to drinking this smoothie. Let’s take a look at why cottage cheese snacks make a healthy breakfast.

Not only are blueberries a great superfood full of nutrients that help support immune function, but they have 10 proven health benefits including improving memory and protecting DNA from damage.

Bananas are high in potassium which makes them a great food to have when working out. The potassium helps to prevent muscle cramping!

The chia seeds are a powerful little source of antioxidents as well as lots of essential vitamins and minerals.

But the powerhouse in this banana berry smoothie is definitely the cottage cheese which is going to give us plenty of protein.

In fact, it makes it one of the best smoothies for weight loss!

Protein is the best way to help boost your weight loss and muscle gain goals. In fact it’s really easy to gain muscle on a vegetarian diet especially with the right plan.

Weight loss smoothies are also really effective as the protein helps to reduce cravings.

To get protein into your diet at every meal why not download your free 7-day high-protein meal plan? And if that’s not enough inspiration there is also a great weekly meal plan too!

How to make a smoothie?

If you don’t have a blender, this might be the time to order one. They don’t need to be expensive, though they can be.<br><br>Once it’s arrived, follow the instructions above. Then push the button and let the machine do everything for you. It can mix quicker than you can.<br><br>It really is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

Total Time: 5 minutes

Assemble

Add the blueberries, and banana to the blender. Then add in water, vanilla extract, cottage cheese, chia seeds, and grated lemon zest to the blender.A blender with ingredients for blueberry banana protein smoothie | HurryTheFoodUp

Blend

Put the lid on! And blend!A blender and a jar of blueberry banana protein smoothie | HurryTheFoodUp

Blueberry smoothie FAQs

If you’re bursting like an overheated blueberry to find out the answers to your smoothie questions, then take a look below,

How to store?

You can store your smoothie in an airtight container for a few days in the fridge.

What to serve with?

This smoothie is just great on its own but if you want to have it with something why not try some nut butter on toast, a bowl of even more fruit, or how a protein bar?

Can I make it ahead?

You could make your smoothie ahead of time but there isn’t much need to as you can have it all ready to go in just 5 minutes!

Are banana smoothies good for protein?

If your banana smoothie contains protein sources like ours does then banana smoothies are great to help boost your daily protein intake.

Why do bodybuilders like blueberries?

Blueberries are helpful in building muscle mass and their antioxidents help support the body’s repair phase post workout. So if working out is your jam don’t forget to cram in those super blueberries!

Is it OK to drink protein smoothies every day?

Yes it’s OK to drink protein smoothies every day as long as they’re part of a balanced diet and they aren’t your only source of protein.

Recipe variations

You could try this smoothie in different ways but it probably wouldn’t still taste like cheesecake (just to warn you!)

  • Different fruit – Why not try some different combinations, or see what goes well and add it to the banana and blueberries?
  • Different protein – You could swap the cottage cheese for greek yogurt. Or if you aren’t into dairy you could add a smooth nut butter or even some protein powder (vegan if you like) instead of using cottage cheese.
  • Different toppings – Why not add some low-fat squirty cream and a few dark chocolate chips if you want to make it extra indulgent? (obviously this will alter the calorie count)
A jar and a small spoon of blueberry banana protein smoothie are on a wooden surface | HurryTheFoodUp

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Protein Power Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie
4.79 from 64 votes
A delicious and high-protein fruit smoothie bursting with blueberries and bananas to power your morning and your workout!
Cuisine:Vegetarian
Diet: egg-free, gluten-free
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings:1 servings
Calories:506kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen (fresh is fine too)
  • 1 ripe banana (make sure they’re soft and sweet! Keep some in the freezer like we do here)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (we use soy milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz low fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender, and grate in the lemon zest.
    1 cup blueberries, frozen, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup milk of choice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 4 oz low fat cottage cheese, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp lemon zest
    A blender with ingredients for blueberry banana protein smoothie | HurryTheFoodUp
  • Blend. Done!

NOTES

Make-ahead? Yes, prep the night before.
We use low fat cottage cheese to keep the calories and fats a little lower. You can absolutely use regular cottage cheese, of course.
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: well, this isn’t our only awesome smoothie! Some of our very first recipes were smoothies – like this easy spinach and banana smoothie (that doesn’t taste of spinach!). This yummy fitness mega smoothie is a firm favourite too!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Protein Power Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie
Amount per Serving
Calories
506
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.03
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
5
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
585
mg
25
%
Potassium
 
1073
mg
31
%
Carbohydrates
 
71
g
24
%
Fiber
 
16
g
67
%
Sugar
 
39
g
43
%
Protein
 
27
g
54
%
Vitamin A
 
1143
IU
23
%
Vitamin C
 
45
mg
55
%
Calcium
 
569
mg
57
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I love protein shakes but you can’t beat a fruity protein smoothie! They’re the perfect healthy way to start your day or end a workout session and I just love how quickly you can whip one up.

Which one will you try next? If you need some ideas check out the other smoothies I’ve recommended in the More Recipes section above.

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27 comments
  1. 3 stars
    Honestly tasted pretty weird, like slightly toasted fruit loops. Definitely not a favorite.

    1. Sorry to hear that Ella. It’s a staple on my end 😀

  2. 5 stars
    G reat smoothie! Here’s one I invented that I just love. Feel free to use it!
    1 scoop Quest chocolate protein powder,
    1/2 cup blueberries,
    a handful of salad greens,
    1 cup almond milk,
    1 tsp. instant coffee,
    1 tsp. cocoa powder,
    dash vanilla, dash cinnamon, 4 ice cubes. Blend. Less than 200 calories.

    1. Ooh, sounds good! A caffeine boost is always nice :D. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Blueberries are some of my favorite fruits. I love them in smoothies.

  4. Smoothies are my families go to breakfast. I love that they are so portable too!

  5. Wow, what a gorgeous color! I love using blueberries in smoothies! 🙂

    1. Looks great, doesn’t it?? Tastes great too, happily 🙂

  6. I drink a smoothie nearly every day and am always looking for new ideas. I’ll need to sub the cottage cheese as I’m vegan but I think some silken tofu will do a similar job :O)

    1. Yes, that really could work, Mel! Give this one a try, one of my favourites for sure!!

  7. The color alone has me smitten!