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17 High-Protein Smoothies That Will Keep You Full Until Lunchtime

We love an expertly blended strawberry-banana smoothie, but fruit alone is only satiating enough to hold us over for an hour or two. That’s why we’ve rounded up these 17 high-protein smoothies, which call on yogurt, nut butter, protein powder and other ingredients to make the bevs more substantial. According to Harvard Medical School, the average adult needs about 53 grams of protein a day. Eating your daily recommended amount of protein will not only help you feel full and energized between meals, but it also produces the enzymes that power many chemical reactions throughout your body, as well as the hemoglobin in your blood that carries oxygen, says the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.

In case it’s been a while since you’ve made a smoothie at home, we have a few tips for easy prep:

  1. A smoothie is only as tasty as the produce that goes in it. So, if you’re making them regularly, opt for organic or farmers market fruits and veggies.
  2. Avoid using under-ripe fruit since it’ll be less flavorful and tougher to blend. Overripe fruit, on the other hand, can really enhance the sweetness of your smoothie.
  3. If your blender has seen better days, warm it up with a few pulses on low before turning up the speed. Give the smoothie a stir before pouring it out to make sure there are no ice or fruit chunks stuck at the bottom.
  4. Check your smoothie’s consistency between pulses to make sure you don’t over-blend the good stuff.
  5. Use frozen fruit instead of ice whenever possible to keep your smoothie from getting diluted. If you need to use ice, feel free to smash it in a plastic bag before adding it to the blender.

Read on for some of our favorite ideas, from an Insta-worthy açaí bowl to a Reese’s peanut butter cup in liquid form.

1. Salted Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie (22g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, dairy free, <10 ingredients

Inspired by your favorite candy. Peanut butter, almond milk and whey protein unite to ward off the mid-morning munchies. A banana keeps things sweet, while cocoa powder drives the chocolatey flavor home.

2. Green Smoothie Bowl (12g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes

Want to thicken this beauty up? Use soaked flaxseeds, chia seeds, nut butter or protein powder to get the consistency you want and make the smoothie more filling.

3. Raspberry-coconut Smoothie Bowl With Collagen (11g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, dairy free, <30 minutes

It’s the flower-shaped dragon fruit topper for us—and the toasted pepitas. (Collagen peptides are purported to reduce wrinkles and inflammation, BTW.)

4. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie (7g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, dairy free, beginner-friendly

Proof that your favorite cruciferous veggie really can do anything. Sip it alongside scrambled eggs for bonus protein or add vanilla protein powder to the mix before blending.

5. Green Smoothie With Avocado And Apple (9g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: dairy free, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes

A crisp, tart-sweet Granny Smith apple is just the match for buttery, smooth avocado. Feel free to substitute maple syrup or agave for honey if you want to make the smoothie totally vegan.

6. Vanilla-oat Smoothie Bowl (27g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, vegetarian

Greek yogurt, oats, almonds and sesame seeds will have no issue holding you over until your lunch break. Use vanilla-flavored yogurt to bring the flavor up a few notches.

7. Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl (20g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Think twice about ice, since too much will make your smoothie slushy and diluted. Frozen fruit is always a better alternative.

8. Green Machine Smoothie Bowl (9g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: dairy free, vegetarian, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

For the uninitiated, maca powder is an energy booster that’s made from Peruvian maca root. It’s nutty and toasty in flavor. Top your bowl off with a generous sprinkle of granola and a swirl of Greek yogurt for crunch and creaminess.

9. Peanut Butter And Jelly Smoothie (16g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, beginner-friendly

Yup, you can smoothie-fy the classic sammy. Protein powder, almond milk and peanut butter make a more filling alternative to the O.G.

10. Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowls (17g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

Any breakfast that calls for chocolate is worth getting out of bed for in our book. And thanks to the banana, peanut butter and cherries, your picky eaters will never taste the spinach.

11. Blueberry Coconut Water Smoothie With Hemp Hearts (17g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Bring on the antioxidants and heart-healthy hemp. To prep make-ahead smoothie packs, add the ingredients to a pint jar and pop it in the freezer. When you’re ready to blend, add coconut water to the jar, shake to loosen the fruit and dump it all in the blender.

12. Mango Smoothie (16g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, vegetarian, kid-friendly

Between the coconut, banana and mango, this sipper is basically a tropical vacay in a glass. Chia seeds and extra coconut shreds offer a nice dose of crunchiness.

13. Açaí Smoothie Bowl (13g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, dairy free, special occasion-worthy

“The more colorful the fruits and veggies, the more phytonutrients,” says Dr. Felicia Stoler, DCN, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. On that note, go ahead and add a handful of chopped kale or baby spinach.

14. Chai-spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie (13g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, high fiber

Cardamom! Ginger! Allspice! Cinnamon! This bev is a sweater season stan’s dream. Take your pick of almond, cashew or pecan butters.

15. Strawberry Protein Smoothie (21g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, kid-friendly, vegetarian

This kid-friendly meal is only about 2 minutes of blitzing away. To thin it out, add an extra glug of milk. If your picky eater wants it sweeter, add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

16. Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake (25g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, vegetarian, special occasion-worthy

What makes this warm-spiced gem so special, you ask? Homemade walnut milk. Reserve at least an hour for the nuts to soak, so some of their tannins are removed and they become more blendable.

17. Good Morning Coffee Lover’s Smoothie (18g protein)

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, dairy free

We’re betting your brunch crew wouldn’t mind having one of these java-based drinks alongside a mimosa. It starts with chilled brewed coffee, but you could substitute cold brew, hot espresso or espresso powder if you’d prefer.