Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - It's super quick and easy to make, delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

Have you ever pulled out the new season’s wardrobe and found everything fitting just a wee bit tight? ………. That was me about a month ago. It made me mad. I’d eaten a little too much comfort food over the long winter and indulged my sweet tooth too many times. I could “suck in” and close the zippers, buttons etc. but nothing felt very comfortable. Like I said, it made me mad, because I was not about to buy a whole new wardrobe or spend the whole season feeling like ten pounds of taters squeezed into a five pound sack! My husband, Scott was in the same boat;  he’s not only my wonderful photographer, but the CEO of  taste-testing here at The Café (and that can mean trouble for the old waistline).

It was time to devise a plan. I know myself pretty well, and have learned over the years that I’m just not real great at dieting, counting calories and measuring each bite I take. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that and I admire people with the strong will power to accomplish it; but I’m just not that disciplined, and I know it. So I came up with another plan, and have been implementing it for a month now. It’s definitely working; my summer wardrobe is feeling noticeably looser and much more comfortable, and so is Scott’s. In fact, he told me yesterday that he was down a few notches on his belt buckle.Yeah!

 

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - It's super quick and easy to make, delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

What did I do? Just used common sense for the most part. I made the decision to make smaller portions for us at each meal. Leaner and lighter eating, with lots of grilled chicken, fish, pork, etc., accompanied by a fresh salad or some yummy grilled veggies. Occasional, small servings of bread, potatoes, pasta, etc. Minimal desserts – of course as a full service food blogger and baking lover, I still make sweet treats but, for the most part limit myself to a few bites, a small piece or sometimes just a taste.

We also bumped up our exercise a bit, making sure to get out on early morning walks, spend more time working out and taking long bike rides through nearby quiet neighborhoods.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

Like I said, all these things are just common sense and definitely help in the weight loss battle, but there’s one other little secret I employed that’s really helped us; protein smoothies. Protein smoothies? Yes, it’s a well know fact that protein not only gives you lots of energy, but it helps ward off hunger pangs.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

I’ve found that if my stomach’s not rumbling with hunger, it’s much easier to resist all those temptations to snack and/or overindulge. I decided to substitute a low calorie smoothie for one of our meals each day. Most days we sip on it for breakfast, but sometimes we’ll have our protein smoothie for lunch instead and enjoy eggs and toast or yogurt, fresh fruit and granola for breakfast.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours

I did a lot of testing and tinkering to come up with the best tasting, lowest calorie smoothie with the highest amount of protein. I’m not really crazy about protein powder and wanted to keep my drink as natural as possible. After a few trial and errors, I think I’ve come up with a winner. I found that the best source of lean protein is non-fat Greek yogurt. Tofu works as well, but is a bit higher in calories, and not as readily available. I use almond milk for a bit of liquid, as it’s low in fat and calories and has lots of great nutritional benefits. Half of a nice ripe banana and a little honey are all we usually need for sweetness, though you could add some Stevia or another sweetener of your choice.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - It's super quick and easy to make, delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

This Strawberry Protein Smoothie makes 2 large servings, each having 18g of protein and 205 calories.  We’ve enjoyed one these protein smoothies just about every day for the last month, and haven’t tired of them yet. We’ve had lots of energy, have been satiated till the next meal and, seeing some of those extra pounds roll off ………. well, let’s just say ………. ALLELUIA!!

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - It's super quick and easy to make, delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

P. S. Since it’s strawberry season, I’m sharing my Strawberry Protein Smoothie, but feel free to substitute any fresh or frozen fruit.

Oh, and one last thing. I have to admit, along with my clothes being snug, another thing motivated me to shed a few of the extra pounds – a trip!! Yup, we’re headed to California for a wedding and will be doing a classic California coastal road trip as well. We have a few fun surprises planned for you as well as some great recipes that we tucked into our arsenal before we left. So California; The Café’s headed your way!!

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - It's super quick and easy to make, delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

 

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Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Protein Smoothie - delicious and keeps you satisfied for hours!

5 from 4 reviews

This smoothie is creamy and delicious. It will give you energy and keep you satisfied for hours as it’s got lots of protein – without many calories!!

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  • Category: Heathy, Breakfast Drink

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, 100 calories – 2g protein
  • 1 ½ cups 0% fat Greek yogurt, 195 calories – 34g protein
  • ½ medium ripe banana, 50 – 0.5g protein
  • ½ cup almond milk, 20 calories – 0.5g protein
  • 2 teaspoons honey, 44 calories
  • 1 cup crushed ice, or 1 1/2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine strawberries, Greek yogurt, banana, almond milk and honey in a blender container. Blend on high till smooth and creamy.
  2. Add ice cubes and blend on high for about one minute.Taste and add a bit of Stevia or sweetener of choice, if needed. Pour into two tall serving glasses and enjoy.

 

 

 



38 thoughts on “Strawberry Protein Smoothie”

  • Your smoothie sounds satisfying and looks terrific. I’m hoping to shed some pounds before our trip to Egypt and I need a quick plan. I’m going to substitute lunch with your smoothie and have a more active life. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  • This looks so tasty, Chris, and full of protein to keep the hunger away for several hours. Isn’t it nice to feel the clothes loosening up? Congratulations on finding a way that works for you and your hubby.

  • This smoothie looks so yummy! I love strawberries and bananas together. I’m also a fan of the smoothie meal swap, especially when it’s high in protein because it keeps me full for quite some time. Thanks for the recipe! Pinning for later 🙂

  • Gorgeous, gorgeous photography!!! And the smoothie is fabulous! We pretty much live on smoothies here, so easy to take on the go and I can put so many things in them that the kids don’t know about. Love this one!!!

  • Oh Chris this is just what I need at the moment. I have more than a few extra pounds hanging around although I do have an excuse. I love your weight loss method. Sounds like something I could actually handle. Can’t wait to hear about your California adventures!

  • Hey Chris-just wanted to let you know I tries the strawberry smoothie this morning! So Delicious!!! I added 1/2 cup frozen mango as well-sooooo yummy!!!! Will definitely be making this in the future!!!! Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes!!

  • Have a wonderful trip in California, Chris! I love your travel posts (especially the UK posts with your granddaughters)! This protein smoothie is certainly timely. A delicious smoothie makes it a whole lot easier to get back to healthy eating (and back into my summer clothes)!

  • Chris…I too am trying to shed some unwanted pounds. I thoroughly enjoy smoothies. This will be most helpful.

    You and your husband continue to amaze me with your beautiful and inspirational posts. Would you please share where you found the lovely napkins as seen in this post.

    Have a wonderful trip to California. I will pray for safe travels.

    • What a kind, sweet comment. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness. As far as the napkins, I think I found those at HomeGoods or TJ Maxx. I love to peruse both of those and often I see something so pretty and inexpensive that I can’t help myself. 🙂 I am definitely what they call a “prop junky”! 🙂

  • Looks so refreshing and filling too! Love your pictures, they made me crave this smoothie even more! When my clothes are a bit tight I convince myself that they kept shrinking with time 🙂

  • Your common sense program is the best way I know to keep the pounds off. Making small changes a part of your everyday life is the way to go! And your smoothie looks delicious.

    Have a wonderful time in California! I’m looking forward to reading about your travels.

  • I love strawberry milkshakes and this healthy smoothie would totally satisfy me – creamy cold strawberry stuff is the yums! Congrats on losing that extra weight – you two are such sensible eaters, it’s wonderful to behold how you balance healthy and treats and mainly maintain your weight. 🙂

  • Hi Chris, I had the same problem a couple of weeks ago, cut out most carbs and things are looking brighter and looser nowadays. Great looking smoothie!

  • I want it to be strawberry season! 🙂

    I also find that if I get up in the morning and have two big classes of water, I’m far less hungry. I’m often guilty of eating when what my body is saying is, “I’m thirsty.”

  • Sounds perfect! I had the same issue and have been working on it for the last nine months….yes, nine months! I decided that there was so reason to weigh as much as I did when I delivered my children! Like you, I added a morning smoothie lots of walking and vegetables… You are right, sensible eating. I have made very few desserts….

  • Very pretty, the pics turned out great! Congrats on finding something that works for you and is very tasty too:@)

  • Your recipes are always tasty and nutritious. Thanks for this wonderful smoothie – I, too, seem to have gained a few pound during winter so off I go with this smoothie. BTW, Scott’s photography is amazing!

  • How exciting! Have you ever been to California before? I hope you show us some pictures when you return. This looks yummy, especially in your little milk bottles. I have lost 40 pounds, and it is not easy. But only one blouse would fit me, now it is so good t have a closet full of clothes again. You always look so thin and pretty, I can’t imagine I would have noticed the little weight gain!.

  • I think we are all in the same boat!! I need to shed those 10 extra pounds too. The winter was long and cold and the pounds found me too!!
    Sounds delicious and healthy and very refreshing.
    What a nice trip to travel to California. I look forward to the pictures and surprises.
    Blessings, Catherine

  • It looks delicious!!! I will try it tonight as I am, too, trying to get ready for the Summer!! Congratulations!

  • Hi Chris, you r smoothie looks very delicious and I know what you mean all too well about the Summer wardrobe not fitting, being a food blogger and baker is tough on the waistline.. I am not a very good dieter either always do better bumping up the exercise and cutting back on sweets. Enjoy your trip and wedding.

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