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How to add protein to your smoothies without the powder

Beyond powder: 8 ways to add protein to your smoothiesProtein powders and shakes are costly, aren’t they? They also taste sort of, well, artificial. But there are plenty of whole food smoothie recipes out there that get their protein from other sources so you can save your dollars for that fall half marathon registration.

Here’s a comprehensive list of awesome recipes to try this morning – and we’d love to hear your favorites in the comments section below.

  • Black beans. This Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie use the same idea as black bean brownies and other treats that mask the taste using cocoa powder and a little sweetener. For extra staying power, add a tablespoon of peanut butter to the mix.
  • Nut butter. That’s right. Nut butters in smoothies are amazing. This Almond Butter Chia Smoothie contains just four simple ingredients: banana, almond milk, almond butter, and chia seeds. Pretty simple, yet it’s packed with nutritious goodness.
  • Eggs. It my sound pretty disgusting to add raw eggs to a beverage. However, this Raspberry Protein Smoothie uses Egg Beaters – so you can rest assured they are fully pasteurized and safer for consumption.
  • Greek yogurt. Another favorite of mine, Greek yogurt adds a hefty dose of protein without the need for powders or supplements. This Strawberry Orange Smoothie boasts a whole cup of Greek yogurt. Feel free to replace the soy milk with your favorite alternative.
  • Oats. Not only do they add a filling touch, but oats are also a great source of vegetarian protein. Here’s a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie recipe we’ve made with a whole 1/2 cup of rolled oats (and Greek yogurt – bonus!).
  • Cottage cheese. Along these same lines, you can also use protein-rich cottage cheese in your smoothies. We love the idea behind this Cottage Cheese Fruit Smoothie, blending the fruit with the dairy. Toss a few handfuls of greens in there to make it even better.
  • Tofu. If you haven’t tried adding tofu to your smoothies, you haven’t lived. Or something like that. Here are several tofu smoothie options from Nasoya. My favorite is the Chocolate Tofu Breakfast Shake, since it basically sounds like a healthy milkshake!
  • Avocado. Though avocados aren’t high on the spectrum of protein-laden foods, they do contain enough to see benefits. Especially in combination with other ingredients on this list. This Avocado Smoothie recipe is refined, and it blends together the deliciousness of lime and basil. Definitely a keeper.

Written by Ashley Marcin.