Summer Strawberry Protein Smoothie

It’s strawberry season! Whether you are taking the kids to a patch to pick your own, or just running through the market, be sure to buy a few pints before it’s over. I love strawberries this time of year. You can use them in salads, create a simple dessert, or throw them in scones for a quick but impressive and indulgent breakfast. For a healthy snack, I decided to whip up a Strawberry Protein Smoothie. It’s quick, easy and is a crowd pleaser for my kids and super picky hubby.

Like most moms, the struggle to find kid and husband approved healthy meals and snacks is real. I do a decent job, but when they really like something, it’s worth sharing. Earlier this year, I posted our go-to green smoothie. I drink it almost every day, but for a little variety, this bright and sweet strawberry smoothie is the perfect breakfast or post workout drink.

Summer Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Summer Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Makes 2 Servings

2 cups fresh strawberries
1 ripe medium banana
1 – 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (measurement varies on the kind of consistency you like.)
1 scoop of protein powder
1 package of Vital Proteins
1 pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
1/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract.

* I love Califia Farms Almond Milk, and Vega Vanilla Protein Smoothie Powder.

Throw everything in a blender, and in seconds you have a nutritious and delicious meal or mid-afternoon pick me up.  I add a tiny pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt to bring out the sweetness (plus take advantage of some of its health benefits) and a little splash of pure vanilla extract for some depth of flavor.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Take your smoothies on the go with these plastic cups and lids.  I know they’re not very environmentally friendly, but frankly, every time I buy fancy cups and bottles to reuse, my kids lose every single one of them. So I make sure we toss them in the recycling, and we use these stainless, reusable straws.

This is real life; it’s all about balance.

My Go-To Easy and Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

My Go-To Easy and Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe - The Well Dressed Life

I love green smoothies. They are a quick and easy way to have a healthy meal filled with nutrients that you may otherwise miss during the day. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of breakfast foods. For years, I skipped the first meal of the day. When I was younger, less busy and, indeed, less stressed, it didn’t affect me much. Now, between regular exercise, working all day, and everything that goes into being a mom of two, if I don’t eat in the morning, I’m light-headed and “hangry” by 11 a.m.

As a mom, I feel like I spend a ton of time managing everyone’s blood sugar. These days, my kids are as busy as me. Finding something clean and healthy to fuel our days and help prevent us all from crashing mid-day is incredibly important. It’s also important that whatever I give them tastes great. I can drink anything (ha, ha, insert all the jokes). Put a bunch of fruits and veggies in a blender, and I can down it no matter how funky it tastes. My kids and husband are another story.

They say ridiculous things like, “I can taste how green it is.”

What does that even mean?

After much trial and error, I found that the combination of ingredients below makes this green smoothie a total winner. It’s fresh and sweet and blends well. Anything too thick and they don’t like it, and it takes too much time to drink. Given a chance, they labor over their breakfasts like they’re at a five-star restaurant.

We don’t have time for that.

Green Smoothie Ingredients

You can whip this together in the time it takes to make instant oatmeal or toast a waffle. If you do your weekly prep on Sundays (I salute you), you can throw all of the ingredients into a freezer bag, and you cut your time in half. Recently, I invested in a Vitamix and loved it, but a NutriBullet work just as well. In fact, when we go to the shore in the summer, I pack my NutriBullet and make these every morning.

Green Smoothie Ingredients

My Go-To, Easy and Delicious Green Smoothie

Makes 2 Servings

2 cups Baby Spinach
1/2 cup Frozen Mango
1/2 cup Frozen Pineapple
1 banana
1 cup of Green Tea (brewed and cooled – I do this at night and keep in the fridge for the morning. Use decaf or skip altogether for kids.)
1 cup coconut water, coconut milk or almond mik
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp ground chia seeds

optional: 1 packet of Vital Proteins (I use these every day.)

Photographic proof that my kids drink this without argument!

Girl Drinking Green Smoothie

Tell us below, do you have a favorite, healthy smoothie?