Adding Protein to Green Smoothies Without Using Protein Powder

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Green smoothies are an excellent way to start your day, but what if you need a high protein diet? Whether you’re participating in P90X or a similar program, or you simply need to whip up a tasty recovery smoothie after a workout, here are a few ways to add protein to your green smoothie without protein powders. Some options are a little more palatable than others, so I’ve broken them down into categories. A few of the more advanced options really pack in the protein but may require a bit more acquired taste!



Yogurt in a bowl
  • Almonds, peanuts, other nuts, or nut butters – This is one of the easiest and best tasting ways to add protein to a smoothie! Nut butter makes for a smoother texture, though your Blendtec should handle anything with ease.
  • Yogurt – If dairy is an option, yogurt tastes great, provides smooth texture, and is an excellent source of protein. Greek yogurt is even better because of its higher protein content.
  • Dairy or Soy Milk – Dairy milk contains more protein than soy, but if your diet excludes diary, soy or even almond milk is a great substitute!
  • Fruits – Bananas, apricots, and some other fruits contain surprising amounts of protein, though nothing near nuts or some of the more interesting alternatives below.


Oatmeal in a bowl 
  • Oatmeal – Cooked or uncooked oatmeal contains plenty of protein as well as fiber, which is an important part of a high-protein diet.
  • Avocado – Avocado adds great texture to smoothies and is an excellent source of protein and monounsaturated fats.
  • Hemp seed – A relative newcomer to the healthfood world, hemp seed is becoming increasingly popular and carries excellent protein content.
  • Flax, chia, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds – A variety of other seeds are excellent sources of protein, Omega 3, and monounsaturated fat.


  • Spirulina – A lot of people have a hard time with spirulina (a type of blue-green algae that is dried and made into supplement form), yet it contains up to 70% protein. That's more than any alternative discussed here. Try our Tropical Sea Breeze, which contains spirulina.
  • Quinoa – Though less often used in smoothies, quinoa is another excellent source of protein.
  • Beans and lentils – Widely recognized as excellent sources of plant-based protein, legumes can also be incorporated into your green smoothies.
  • Kefir – Made from fermented milk and kefir grains, kefir is an excellent source of protein, though not for the faint of heart!

Tropical Sea Breeze Blender Recipe_protein

There are plenty of ways to boost the protein content of your morning recovery shake. Are there any other tricks you’ve learned? Share them below!


  • Blender Wizard

    Great idea here on different ways to add our protien. I love adding peanut butter with mine. Then again I love peanut butter with a lot of things. Haha.

  • Lisa

    Moringa powder is a great green that is right in protein.

  • Kelli Farley

    Hi Alex,
    Did you add the spirulina to it? That’s what gives it the green color.

  • Alex

    I love the green color of your Tropical Sea breeze drink! Tried it myself..didnt look the same :/

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