The Best High Protein Smoothie



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The Best High Protein Smoothie recipe that actually tastes good with 39 grams of protein and only 4 ingredients! In this recipe I share my secret for how to make a vanilla protein powder smoothie that actually tastes good and isn’t foamy!

Over the last four years, I’ve lost a fair amount of weight and one habit that really helped me along the way was to incorporate more protein into my diet. I have always loved smoothies, but I haven’t always loved smoothies made with protein powder because they tend to get foamy and fluffy I didn’t enjoy the consistency. And THEN… I discovered the trick to making a smoothie with protein powder that actually tastes good! I’m so excited to share my little hack with you today! ❤️-Ashley

high protein smoothie that isn't foamy

4 Ingredient High Protein Smoothie

Only four ingredients are needed to make this delicious high protein smoothie packed with 39 grams of protein! In addition to water, milk, almond milk, or whatever liquid you like to use as the base for your smoothies, you will need:

  • Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt – any flavor. A 5.3 ounce cup has 15 grams of protein
  • Frozen Fruit – use any combination of frozen fruit that you like. You will need 6-8 ounces. For this smoothie I used 6-7 ounces of berries and cherries along with 1-2 ounces of spinach
  • Honey – or any other sweetener of your choice
  • Vanilla Protein Powder – I use this Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Vanilla Protein Powder. It has 24 grams of protein per scoop

Wondering what you can add to boost the protein content? Optional add-ins to give your smoothie a protein boost plus add nutrients include:

  • chia seeds – 3 grams of protein per 1 tablespoon
  • hemp heart seed – 3 grams of protein per 1 tablespoon
high protein smoothie ingredients

How to Avoid Foamy Protein Smoothies

Perhaps the worst part about using protein powder in smoothies and shakes is that they can become foamy. I am not going to get into the science of how and why that happens, but I am going to explain how to avoid it!

Over the last four years when I was in a weight loss phase of life, I really wanted to be able to use protein powder to boost the protein amount in my smoothies, but without the horrible foamy texture that often comes with it. Here’s the trick….

Wait to add the protein powder until the very end of the smoothie making process! Guys, this is a GAME CHANGER! No more foamy smoothies and shakes!

The process of blending protein powder vigorously introduces air into the liquid which creates bubbles and foam. If you’re like me, the foam is not ideal but can so easily be avoided.

How to Make a High Protein Smoothie

Here are the step by step instructions for how to craft the perfect high protein smoothie that isn’t foamy.

  1. Gather ingredients: to your blender, add in 8 ounces water, 6-8 ounces fruit, and a 5.3 ounce container of Oikos Triple Zero yogurt.
  2. Sweeten it up: add in a squeeze of honey or your favorite sweetener
  3. Blend: at this point you have not added the protein powder yet. Blend everything BUT the protein powder until smooth
  4. Add the protein powder: after your smoothie is well blended, add in the protein powder and mix for just 1-2 seconds longer on low. I flip my blender on and off pretty quickly.

Whatever you do, if you you are trying to avoid a foamy protein smoothie, do not add the protein powder with the other ingredients. It is essential to add it at the very end and only blend for a few seconds.

I like to make my smoothies with vanilla protein powder but feel free to use whatever protein powder you enjoy!

high protein smoothies with vanilla protein powder

Freezer Smoothie Packs

When it comes to weekday mornings, convenience is key! Having quick, high-protein options on hand can make a huge difference and that’s where freezer smoothie packs come in It has been a game-changing solution to streamline my smoothie routine and help ensure I always have healthy options ready.

A smoothie freezer pack is simply a pre-portioned bag of fruits, vegetables, and any other ingredients you like to enjoy with your smoothie. When it’s time to make your smoothie, you simply toss its contents into the blender, add liquid and protein powder and you’re good to go.

Here’s what I include in my smoothie freezer bags:

  1. Fruit- 6-7 ounces: Use whatever fruits you enjoy! I change it up often but lately it has been berries and cherries. Other times I like to combine berries with mayo and pineapple. There are so many delicious options!
  2. Vegetables: 1-2 ounces of kale and spinach

In total, my smoothie freezer packs are about 8 ounces each.

smoothie freezer pack

More Smoothie Options

Here are some additional smoothie recipes you’ll be sure to love:

I hope you enjoy this recipe for The Best High Protein Smoothie with 39 grams of protein! Learning the trick to add the protein powder at the very end has been such a game changer. Instead of choking down a foamy smoothie, I enjoy every ounce of it! Feel free to leave a comment or tag me on social media if you try this recipe, I love to hear from you. :)

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The Best High Protein Smoothie

The Best High Protein Smoothie recipe that actually tastes good with 39 grams of protein and only 4 ingredients!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 Blender


  • 8 ounces water, milk, or other liquid of your choice
  • 5.3 ounces Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt 1 pre-portioned yogurt cup – flavor of your choice
  • honey or other sweetener of choice
  • 8 ounces frozen fruit of choice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (about 30.4 grams)


  • To your blender, add in water, yogurt, honey, and frozen fruit. Blend until smooth.
  • Add in one scoop vanilla protein powder and blend on low for 1-2 seconds longer. Do not over-blend after adding the protein powder to avoid a foamy smoothie.


For this smoothie, I used the following ingredients:
  • Oikos Triple Zero Cherry Yogurt
  • 7 ounces frozen cherries, strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 ounce frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
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Hi, I’m Ashley & I’m so happy you’re here!

Ashley is the founder of CenterCutCook and a former teacher that now spends her days in the kitchen so that she can share her favorite recipes with you!