High-Protein Breakfast Smoothies

by Sara Ipatenco ; Updated July 18, 2017

A smoothie can be customized to increase your protein intake.

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Eating a breakfast high in protein can give you sustained energy for your morning of work or school. A smoothie is a nutritious way to start your day because you can add nutrient-dense fruits as well as several different choices of high-protein add-ins. Brendan Brazier notes in his book, "The Thrive Diet," that smoothies are an effective way to enjoy a tasty breakfast while also increasing your intake of protein.

Berry, Yogurt and Flaxseed Smoothie

A combination of fresh berries and ground flaxseed will supply vitamin C, fiber and plenty of protein. Adding 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed will increase the protein content of your smoothie by about 3 g, Brazier notes. Adding 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt will give you another 23 g of protein as well as some calcium. Place frozen blueberries, blackberries and strawberries in the blender. Add ground flaxseed and the yogurt. Blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add 1/2-cup 100 percent fruit juice and blend again.

Greek Yogurt and Orange Smoothie

Including 100 percent orange juice in your smoothie will add vitamin C to get you energized and ready to start your day. Greek yogurt supplies about 23 g of protein in just 1/2 cup, making the combination a nutritious breakfast. Place 1/2-cup orange juice and yogurt in your blender. Add frozen fruits, such as peaches or mangoes, to increase the fiber and vitamin content of your smoothie. Blend until pureed. Orange segments or nectarines are additional fruit options.

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Smoothie

This smoothie will mimic the taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and will supply several grams of protein as well. Peanut butter enhances the taste of a smoothie as well, Mary Corpening Barber and colleagues note in their book, "Smoothies: 50 Recipes for High-Energy Refreshment." Strawberries supply vitamin C and add some fiber. Start by placing 1/2-cup of 100 percent strawberry or strawberry-blend juice in your blender. Add 2 tbsp. of peanut butter and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth. To increase your protein intake even more, add a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt.

Cranberry Almond Smoothie with Yogurt

Almond butter can make a high-energy addition to your breakfast smoothie as well, according to "Smoothies: 50 Recipes for High-Energy Refreshment." The nutty taste of almond butter pairs well with the taste of cranberries. Place 1/2-cup 100 percent cranberry juice in your blender and add 1 or 2 tbsp. of almond butter. Add some other berries, such as blueberries or blackberries, for sweetness, as well as 2 or 3 tbsp. of plain Greek yogurt. Puree until slightly chunky. This protein supplies several grams of protein that should last you until lunch.