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  • Writer's pictureDietitian Gabi Coulthurst

Protein Smoothie 7 Ways

Here are my smoothie faves to kick start the day! Smoothies can be a great meal option that are super quick to whip up and delicious. However, cafe and supermarket smoothies and smoothie recipes can be full of sugar (e.g. too much fruit and processed cereals) that will spike your blood sugar levels and make you feel sluggish and hungry within 30 minutes!

You want to use wholefood ingredients like those below that tick all of the boxes for a filling (and delicious) breakfast to balance your blood sugar levels and fuel your body and mind! After all, how you start your day will impact the rest of your day!

  • High Fibre

  • Good quality serve of plant protein

  • Nourishing fats

  • Micro-nutrients


  • ½ cup unsweetened plant milk- almond/ pea protein milk/ coconut milk/ coco quench

  • 1 tbsp raw seeds, fibre and/or nuts (e.g. flaxseeds, chia seeds, psyllium, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, almond)

  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder**

  • Optional - handful ice cubes


Add one of the below flavour combos to the base ingredients:

1. Berry Buzz

  • 1tbsp almond, peanut or other nut butter, pure

  • 1 handful berries (fresh or frozen)

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

2. Classic Banana

  • 1 banana fresh or frozen

  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder

3. Mango Coconut

  • ½ cup frozen mango OR ½ 1 fresh mango

  • 1 squeeze lime juice

  • sprinkle coconut flakes

4. Snickers protein

  • 1 serve organic plant-based protein powder

  • 1tbsp pure peanut butter

  • ½ banana

  • 1tbsp cacao powder

5. Green Goddess

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1/2tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2cup spinach leaves

  • 1/2 cucumber

  • 1/2tsp stevia drops natural or flavoured (vanilla or strawberry)

  • Optional: 2tsp organic Hawaiian spirulina powder or other greens powder

6. Pumpkin Pie

  • 1/4 cup frozen raw pumpkin chopped or grated

  • 1/2tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2tssp vanilla

  • 1/4tsp each ginger, nutmeg,

  • 1 frozen banana

7. Caramel

  • 1 fresh date

  • 2tsp almond butter

  • 1tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (can use gluten free oats)

  • Handful ice cubes

  • 1tbsp chia seeds

  • small handful spinach or kale leaves

  • Optional: 1/2 frozen banana or 1/2tsp caramel stevia


  • Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Add water/milk if too thick and more seeds/ice if too thin.

** Vanilla or chocolate flavours are usually my favourite. These are some good-quality, clean and fermented protein brands that taste fab: Botanika Blends, Protein Supplies Australia and Raw Amazonia

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