This is a variation of our greek yogurt smoothie base recipe. A Greek yogurt smoothie is a great way to start your morning, recover from a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet! This Greek yogurt protein smoothie recipe is boosted with nut butter, flaxseeds, and chia seeds to give you even more protein power!
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Culinary Tips for the Best Greek Yogurt Protein Shake
“Should I add protein powder to my smoothie?” We don’t recommend it! By adding a few simple ingredients to your morning smoothie, you can satisfy your protein needs and avoid expensive protein powders with questionable ingredients!
If you want to make this smoothie for breakfast and are usually crunched for time in the morning, place all of the non-frozen ingredients in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the frozen ingredients in the morning and blend!
If your greek yogurt protein smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.
- Banana: substitute any fruit of your choosing. Creamy fruits such as bananas, avocados, mangos create creamy smoothies.
- Frozen Fruit: use any fruit of your choosing. Choose options without any added sugars. Make a greek yogurt berry smoothie with a triple berry blend, or mix up a tropical greek yogurt smoothie with mango and pineapple. For true green smoothies, don’t use dark berries, as these will mask the bright green color!
- Greek Yogurt: substitute any plain or dairy-free variety. Or substitute kefir as seen in our Kefir Smoothie Base Recipe.
- Milk or Milk Alternative: use cow’s milk or soy milk for a higher protein smoothie. Learn about plant-based milk vs cow’s milk in this article. You can also substitute 100% fruit juice, coconut milk, or even water.
- Nut Butter: use any natural variety. Make a greek yogurt smoothie with peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter, or whatever else sounds good to you!
- Ground Flax Seeds: add or substitute chia seeds, hemp hearts, or walnuts for a protein and healthy fat boost! If you have a high power blender, whole flax seeds will also work.
- Leafy Greens: use spinach or kale. If you are unsure about the flavor of greens in your smoothies, start with spinach. Spinach has a milder flavor than heartier greens like kale. Do not use arugula or mustard greens.
Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie Variations
Add any other ingredients of your choice, such as spices, natural flavor extracts, oats, or coconut.
Need some smoothie recipe inspiration?
Use our greek yogurt smoothie base recipe as a guide to make it your own or try out these other variations!
Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?
Are Greek Yogurt Smoothies Healthy?
While eating whole fruit is normally best, a smoothie can be a great way to get lots of fruits and/or vegetables in one easy serving. The featured ingredients in this smoothie recipe are fruit, Greek yogurt, nuts, and seeds!
Fresh & Frozen Fruit
Both fresh and frozen fruit is healthy. Fruit contains fiber, water, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. All of these nutrients help your body fight, prevent, and manage diseases. Aim to include a variety of colors throughout the week.
Greek yogurt is a great source of B vitamins, calcium, and probiotics. It is also higher in protein than regular yogurt, making this smoothie filling and satisfying.
We recommend buying plain varieties in order to avoid added sugars and organic, if you can afford it. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat, a low-fat or fat-free variety is your best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your diet, full-fat varieties are okay.
Nut Butter & Flax Seeds
Nuts and seeds contain plant-based protein and healthy fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied. Choose natural nut butters with as few ingredients as possible (i.e. just nuts and salt). Flaxseeds are great sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. These fats promote brain and heart health. (1)
Leafy green veggies are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that promote health and help fight diseases. Blending spinach into a greek yogurt smoothie is an easy way to help promote your health.
For more information about which ingredients are best, check out our ingredient guide.
This smoothie with Greek yogurt and spinach can be a meal on its own or can be an accompaniment to a healthy breakfast! Pair with our overnight oats, energy bites, whole wheat muffins, or granola for a satisfying meal.
Will Smoothies Keep in the Fridge?
Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. They can hold for longer than a day in the fridge but often will start to separate. Simply shake before drinking!
Want more delicious breakfast recipes?
Try out these favorite base recipes, and as always, adjust to YOUR taste!
Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie
- ½ cup milk or milk alternative
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 large ripe banana (~1 cup)
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- 2 Tablespoons nut butter
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds
- 1 cup lightly packed leafy greens (optional)
- 6-8 ice cubes (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!