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Simple Green Protein Smoothie

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This smoothie delivers a great amount of protein to get your day going, and it’s easy to put together! This breakfast is perfect for after a morning workout. It’s also easy to throw in a travel mug and head out the door to start your morning commute.

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    1. to keep it cold. Most grocery stores have a frozen fruit section with pre frozen fruit or freeze them yourself. The ingredients doesn’t call for ice and it taste better cold.

    2. to keep it cold. Most grocery stores have a frozen fruit section with pre frozen fruit or freeze them yourself. The ingredients doesn’t call for ice and it taste better cold.

      1. You could simply offset the cup of water to make up for the volume of the ice. Put your ice in the measuring cup first, then fill to the 8 ounce line. Use fresh fruit rather than frozen.

        1. MFP deleted my comment about using frozen fruit to keep the smoothie from being watery because of addition of ice???

          I. Don’t. Get. It.

      2. You could simply offset the cup of water to make up for the volume of the ice. Put your ice in the measuring cup first, then fill to the 8 ounce line. Use fresh fruit rather than frozen.

    3. to keep it cold. Most grocery stores have a frozen fruit section with pre frozen fruit or freeze them yourself. The ingredients doesn’t call for ice and it taste better cold.

  1. Forty seven grams of sugar! That is way too much sugar for me, so I will try it without the honey.

      1. The Honey is great for allergy’s and has given me and my family lots of relief so if any one is suffering please don’t omit

        1. You need to use raw unfiltered honey from a local producer to have any affect on allergies. The extra sugar is not necessary for sweetening is all I was saying.

  2. Forty seven grams of sugar! That is way too much sugar for me, so I will try it without the honey.

  3. This sounds delicious! My concern is this recipe is high in carbs and high in sugars. I’m looking for a kale or spinach smoothie that’s low in glycemic sugar. Thinking blueberries. I currently use strawberries. Love pineapple though. I also use less honey.

  4. What if you don’t eat dairy? How to you replace the Greek it and still keep the protein count up? And really, with the sweetness of the banana and the pineapple, no added sugar in the form of honey is needed!

      1. Almond Milk is a good substitute for Greek Yogurt, but it does not have protein. I use almond milk and add some protein powder. I also do not add honey, but add a little chia seeds and ground flax seed.

        1. I also add chia seeds…hemp seeds…psyllium husks…burdock powder…maca powder..and sometimes almonds

    1. Use tofu in place of the yogurt or non dairy protein powder…. fruit based smoothies don’t need the honey…

  5. There’s a lot of sugar (fructose) in this smoothy, how is this healthy? Did I miss something?

    1. Remove honey and banana, replace with stevia and add more greek yogurt. Lower sugar, more protein.

    2. There’s no need for added sweetener in a fruit-based smoothie. Bananas offer a lot of health benefits, so I’d say the easiest thing to do is remove the honey and the pineapple. Swap it out with a cup of strawberries, which only adds 7 grams of sugar versus pineapple’s 16 grams.

  6. Seriously, I would like to try this, but the carbs are really more than I can do. Do you have a good alternate suggestion for replacing some of the carbs?

  7. i have been doing 1 cup of greens (romaine or spinach), one cup of almond milk, and 1.5 cups of fruit (frozen and fresh combined). I use the fruit with no added sugar and the smoothie makes enough for two decent size servings.

    1. I do a similar version of this, using kale for the greens 1/2 frozen banana and 1c frozen blueberries.

    1. Its natural sugars its fine and healthy your not adding refined sugars. Your your body will process this in a safe and very healthy way.

      1. Its true when they say… anything in abundance can be dangerous. 47 grms of sugar, natural or not, is dangerous for anyone.

        1. LOL

          I’d ask for support for your ridiculous assertion, but already know that it doesn’t exist. So instead, I’ll just ask for clarification: in what way do you believe that 47g of sugar is “dangerous” for everyone?

          1. *I’m* ignorant? *You’re* the one saying that 47g of sugar is “dangerous” for everyone. You didn’t clarify because you can’t. It’s simply a bogus assertion.

            TL;DR – it’s obvious to me that *you* are the one playing games here…ridiculous chicken-little alarmist games.

          2. Wow, you’re far more ignorant as I originally thought.

            What a pathetic fool who can’t even speak straight English. Had you been able to do so, perhaps you may have had a little more impact here.

            But no, None. Zero.

            Furthermore, you are incredibly boring. Don’t you have somewhere else to be??

          3. Seriously. 47 grams of sugar. That’s equal to 2 mangos. Deadly, deadly mangos. I hear that a few states are considering switching to them as a new form of capital punishment.

  8. Everyone keeps talking about the sugar content in this recipe. However, it is all natural sugar that’s derived from fruit, (not including the honey). Therefore, it is going to break down differently in your body than artificial sugar would. The only time you need to be concerned about sugar or carb content is if you’re diabetic. I know from first hand experience.

    1. I’m not sure, but it doesn’t sound like you have a well rounded knowledge of how the body processes carbohydrates and related insulin reaction. Once you become diabetic, its too late.

      1. Actually I do know what I’m talking about. As I experienced gestational diabetes twice when I was pregnant and had to meet with a nutritionist and dietician. They explained the difference between natural and artificial sugar and the breakdown of carbs, (which is what turns into sugar during the breakdown process). The main thing they advised on to prevent diabetes is eating well, ( meaning fruits and veggies), and Excercising. I’m not here to argue with anyone. Just thought I’d share some knowledge. You don’t have to believe what I’m saying. Just do the research so you can make informed decisions for your health.

        1. I have type 2 diabetes for now 13 years and I exercise daily and watch my food intake but the monkey

          1. I shouldn’t say reversed because technically I still check my sugars, but they haven’t been over 5 in over 2 years. it was done by diet and cutting out all processed foods. I eat organic meat, take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar a day, and eat a more plant based diet.

  9. I have just trained for and run the marathon on a “protein shake” that has changed my body composition from 25% fat to 18% and muscle mass from 45% to 60%. I do sometimes add banana and peanut butter to a post workout shake to help cover the calories burnt and replacing them in the shake to stop the munchies later!!
    I have been a nurse for the last 17 yrs and now play an active role in promoting leading a healthy more active lifestyle. I know some people react differently to the sugars in fruits especially if you are trying to lose weight too.

  10. I have just trained for and run the marathon on a “protein shake” that has changed my body composition from 25% fat to 18% and muscle mass from 45% to 60%. I do sometimes add banana and peanut butter to a post workout shake to help cover the calories burnt and replacing them in the shake to stop the munchies later!!
    I have been a nurse for the last 17 yrs and now play an active role in promoting leading a healthy more active lifestyle. I know some people react differently to the sugars in fruits especially if you are trying to lose weight too.

    1. HOLY COW! That’s almost 17 grams more than a single, plain bagel!

    2. timing is everything…carbs are not your enemy…look up the glycemic index. carbs from fruit are simply not the same as carbs from a sack of potato chips…this smoothie is great as a pre-workout, gives great energy before a gruelling workout…..then afterwords come home and have a bottle of coconut water

  11. I don’t understand everyone yelling about the sugar and carb content. This has as much sugar as 2 mangos, and counting fiber, only 17 more grams of carbs than a single bagel. As a post workout, or a breakfast….it’s really not that bad.

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    1. definitely! i love frozen fruits…..i also freeze my vegetables, it keeps them fresher, longer….just go with a trusted brand. one of the caveats of frozen, is you can’t see the texture/consistency of the frozen product….but most retailers have great return policies if you are not satisfied with their products…i’ve never been disappointed at least, and i buy the 3 lb bag from samsclub of frozen blueberries……cheaper by the lb that way…..

  13. I’d add in an avocado, and remove the yoghurt personally. Would need to add a little more water.

  14. On the main blog page where there is a list of 10 smoothies under 250 calories, the calorie content for the Simple Green Protein Smoothie is 155 per serving, and yet when I tap the link and view the recipe it states 309 calories. Which information is correct?