Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

I mentioned at the end of last week that I've felt constantly hungry for a while, despite trying to eat healthier and eating tons of protein at meals. Ironically, I feel most full after I replace a meal with a protein smoothie. I usually drink a protein smoothie in the morning before working out (replacing breakfast) or instead of lunch after working out. I haven't figured out which one I prefer just yet.

I used to poke fun at people who replaced meals with protein shakes until I became one of them, and now I see what the hype is all about! I love love love the combo I have created and it keeps me full just as long as a regular meal does! The big issue with a lot of protein shakes is that they can be quite a lot of calories, but after working out I would much rather drink a healthy, protein-packed fruit smoothies than waste those extra calories on something worse for me. (And trust me, I'm a big fan of pizza and tacos, but there's a time and place for everything.)

Another great thing about protein shakes is how customizable they are! You can make chocolate shakes, fruit shakes, peanut butter shakes, and more! The options are endless.


What you need:
1 banana (124 cals.)
1 cup strawberries (54 cals.)
3/4 cup peaches (38 cals.)
1 scoop protein powder (I use vanilla flavor) (130 cals.)
1 tbsp chia seeds (60 cals.)

Making the whole thing around 400 cals, which is a lot, but it's worth it to me.



For the most part, these are the recommended serving sizes. I usually just do frozen fruit, except for the bananas. If I have a fresh mango, I'll sub in half of one for the peaches. Bananas are a lot of calories (so if I'm running out of extra calories I'll only do half), but they're packed full of "good carbs" and potassium that you need before and after working out, so it's worth it I promise.


Chia seeds are a superfood that help the body stay hydrated and helps YOU kick cravings. They're full of fiber and protein and help you stay full longer. The recommended serving size of chia seeds is 3 tablespoons, but I only do one because I love eating and don't want to stay full for too long!

There are protein powders that have less calories than the one I use, but I'm trying to use the one that I have until I buy more. I'm all ears for recommendations! After everything is in, I fill the cup with water until most of the fruit is covered.





I seriously drink this smoothie several times per week, and can see myself taking this on the go as a working adult! Don't you think people look much more "chic" when they're drinking their food instead of stuffing a bagel in their face? (KIDDING, I love bagels, but I have to justify this in some way!)


Do you drink protein shakes? What do you put in yours?

23 comments :

  1. I love protein shakes! I usually drink one for breakfast or if I go home at lunch I will make one then too!

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  2. This looks so good! Strawberry & banana is one of my favorite combos!

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  3. I love protein shakes! Especially after a run. I really need to try out chia seeds in mine! This looks great :)

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

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    1. Yes after a run this is so good!!

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  4. I don't love protein powder but I do enjoy a good smoothie. I've been meaning to pick up some chia seeds at the store!

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  5. This looks fantastic! I love smoothies for breakfast or post workout, especially in the summer!

    Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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    1. Smoothies definitely taste better in the summer!

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  6. I've heard great things about shakeology, I might have to try it!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  7. That shake looks delicious! I'm glad it was filling too.

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  8. I was just saying this morning how I'm getting bored with my shakes. I've been doing the same ones every day. Thank you for a new inspiration!

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    1. I would love to try out the one you've been making!

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  9. Heard good things about shakology, but have yet to try it!

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

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  10. I have been on strawberries and banana smoothies lately. This protein smoothie looks delish and so healthy!

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  11. This sounds so yummy! I am a huge smoothie lover.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  12. This look like it's awfully tasty! I think serving sizes are very important as well enjoying your healthy eating.

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  13. This sounds both yummy and healthy- win win!!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  14. Strawberry and banana smoothies are bae, haha! This looks like a great recipe!
    -Anna | www.fivefootandfabulous.com

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  15. This looks simple and delicious! I am a big fan of chia seeds too :-)

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  16. Strawberry and banana is one of my favorite combos for a smoothie. This sounds yummy & healthy!

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  17. This looks so yummy! I've been craving healthy smoothies so much lately. I'm going to have to try this.

    xoxo, Danielle
    www.glamrme.com

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  18. This look so good, I have a protein smoothie everyday!

    http://xoxobella.com

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  19. I love smoothies in the summer time! This looks delicious and may need to try it out soon!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  20. YUM! I need to start adding chia seeds to my smoothies!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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