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Healthy Green Protein Breakfast Smoothie

A protein breakfast smoothie like this one is a great way to start your day. Trust me on this.  It’s packed with Greek yogurt, protein powder, delicious tropical fruits, and yes, some healthy greens, too. Your healthy self will thank you for this.

I’ll share this delicious green protein breakfast smoothie recipe with you in a quick minute. First, I’d like to share with you about something I’ve been struggling with.

As evidenced by the amount of cupcake recipes, brownie recipes, and cookie recipes posted on the pages of this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a bit addicted to sugar and other not so healthy carbohydrates like cheesy ranch biscuits and macaroni and cheese.

Truth be told, I’m a lot addicted. I’ve hooked myself onto the carbs and they’ve returned the favor, hooking themselves onto my stomach, waist, and thighs. Ugh.

This healthy green protein breakfast smoothie recipe is packed with protein powder, Greek yogurt, tropical fruits, and healthy greens. It's a great way to start the day and your healthy self will thank you for it! Get the recipe at itsyummi.com

Back in August of 2013 (shortly before this post was originally published), I ventured into a new healthy eating lifestyle that I named “Fit by 50”  My goals were to begin an exercise routine and adjust my nutrition so that I could lose 50 pounds before my 50th birthday at the end of January 2014.  Through the process, I wanted to get physically fit, but I also hoped to learn how to love myself for who I am, regardless of my size, and I wanted to learn to be happier with myself on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, too.

This healthy green protein breakfast smoothie recipe is packed with protein powder, Greek yogurt, tropical fruits, and healthy greens. It's a great way to start the day and your healthy self will thank you for it! Get the recipe at itsyummi.com

It was a huge endeavor, especially given the fact that I’d been stuck in a self-loathing mode since the age of about 13.

Initially, I made some progress, losing about 25 pounds, and getting back to regularly attending a church that I love, but then my addiction to carbohydrates continued. I lacked motivation and determination, and never made time to do what I needed to do to get healthy, so now I’ve gained back all of that weight, and 15 additional pounds. Yup. Now I have 65 pounds to lose and I’m completely disgusted with myself all over again.

I’ll be making healthier eating choices again, like starting off my day with a healthy protein breakfast smoothie like this one, but I’ll also be making delicious and healthy dinners, like baked tilapia and chicken paprikash. Yum!

 

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Oh, but don’t think for one minute that I can go without savory carbs and sweets in my life.

I’ll be stocking my fridge with healthier treats like low fat chocolate chip peanut butter dip, but I’m not going to complete deprive myself of the carbs that I crave, either. I’ll just eat them less often. It’s all about balance!

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip - You can make this dip with regular peanut butter if you don't care about the fat and calories, but either way, it's the perfect snack! Get the recipe at itsyummi.com

I hope you’ll follow along as I try to lose this weight again… and for the last time!

This healthy green protein breakfast smoothie recipe is packed with protein powder, Greek yogurt, tropical fruits, and healthy greens. It's a great way to start the day and your healthy self will thank you for it! Get the recipe at itsyummi.com

I hope you’ll give this protein breakfast smoothie a try.

If you do try it, please let me know what you think of it!

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This healthy green protein breakfast smoothie recipe is packed with protein powder, Greek yogurt, tropical fruits, and healthy greens. It's a great way to start the day and your healthy self will thank you for it! Get the recipe at itsyummi.com

Lean Green Protein Breakfast Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie is packed with tropical fruit, healthy leafy greens, Greek yogurt, and protein powder, giving your body the fuel it needs to run strong all morning long!
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Servings 2
Calories 313 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt plain or vanilla
  • 2 cups baby spinach kale, Swiss chard, and/or other leafy green vegetables
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup diced mango fresh or frozen
  • juice of 1 clementine orange
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder plain or vanilla
  • 10 ounces cold water
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse or blend on high until greens are pureed and the mixture is thick, smooth, and creamy.
  • To make smoothie thinner in consistency, add more water. To thicken, add more ice cubes.

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSodium: 53mgFiber: 8gSugar: 30g
Tried this recipe? Mention @itsyummi or tag #itsyummirecipe!

If you have any healthy eating tips for carb lovers like me, or if you struggle with weight loss like I do, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below!

This healthy green protein breakfast smoothie recipe is packed with protein powder, Greek yogurt, tropical fruits, and healthy greens. It's a great way to start the day and your healthy self will thank you for it! Get the recipe at itsyummi.com
This post was originally published on September 4, 2013. The post was updated on March 1, 2016

 

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28 Comments

    1. Thank you so much for your friendship and support, Sara! It seems that you’ve been doing SO well with your program. I hope you’re well on your way to #FitBy50!

    1. I know what you mean, Paula. It took me a year of seeing kale chips and spinach smoothies blogged everywhere before I had the courage to try them myself. I was surprised to find out that you really CAN’T taste the “green”! The kale chips are another story altogether…hehe

  1. I love your Fit By 50 goal! I am trying to not only make diet changes but also change my mood at the same time too. I’ve been in a real funk! Good luck with all of your goals … and the smoothie looks great!

  2. I’m all for healthier eating and self improvement and I do love smoothies. But, honestly, I prefer my greens sauteed with a little garlic. 🙂 I’m looking forward to these healthier posts since I’ve also recently signed up for trainer abuse. 🙂

    1. I’m all on board when it comes to sauteed greens vs. having them cold and creamy, Anita! That being said, it’s nice to know that I’m getting in an extra serving of them every day.
      You’re going to work out with a trainer, too? Geez, you must really enjoy abuse! Of course, maybe he’ll be that geriatric that you’re supposed to hook up with after Brian kicks the bucket! lol

    1. Thanks, Karen 🙂
      If I fail, I’m coming over to your house. No woman should ever have to pity eat alone, and I can’t think of a better friend to share my ups and downs with <3

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