Power Protein Smoothie

With the heat wave we’re experiencing, I find my appetite waning and no desire to crank up the oven or stovetop to cook anything hot!  I need some high-nutrient, protein-packed, go-to smoothie recipes!  I found this one by Kimberly Snyder and thought it looked delicious, quick, easy, and just what I’m looking for on a hot, summer day.

I’m adding this smoothie to my repertoire as a breakfast, post-workout drink, or snack.  It’s packed with protein, antioxidants from the cinnamon, and plant based omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds.  Try it out!


  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or water, or a 50/50 combination
  • 1/4 cup hemp or brown rice protein powder
  • 1-2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/2 frozen acai smoothie packet
  • Liquid stevia to sweeten
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Makes one 24-ounce serving


Add the almond milk and/or water to the blender first, then the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.  The acai smoothie packet can be found in the refrigerator section of most health food stores, but don’t worry if you don’t include it.  Consider increasing the cinnamon a tad and the smoothie will still be delicious!

What do you think?  Let us know!

In Health and Happiness, 

Kelly Harrington, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods

Image and recipe property of Kimberly Snyder


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