We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but they forgot to mention that it’s also usually the busiest time of day! Homemade smoothies can be the perfect healthy meal when you need a fast and nutritious breakfast (or lunch!) so you can get on with your day as quickly as possible. And, when you add some extra protein into your smoothie you’ll not only feel more satisfied but you’ll stay fuller for longer too. That’s why we’ve got a list of tasty, fast protein-packed smoothie recipes you can try, and most are ready in 5 minutes or less!

P.S. If you keep on reading to the end, I’ll explain why it’s so important to get more protein in your diet.

My favourite protein smoothie recipes made with natural ingredients

Check out my 5 favourite protein-packed smoothie recipes made from natural ingredients – they’re guaranteed to fill you up and keep you going all morning long.

Smoothies are an easy way to get more protein in your diet

Thousands of my 28ers agree, this berry protein smoothie is delicious!

Berry Yummy Smoothie
Smoothies are such a perfect meal when you need to get out the door and get on with things as quickly as possible. Filled with antioxidants, natural carbohydrates with a hint of delicious almond milk flavour, this particular one is a winner. Try my Berry Yummy Raspberry Smoothie the next time you need to fuel up fast.
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This high protein banana smoothie is made from whole food ingredients.

Banana & Almond Protein Smoothie
With nearly 13g of protein and natural ingredients, it's no wonder this quick bannana smoothie is one of my 28er's favourite ways to start the day. Try it once and it'll become your favourite too!
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Everyone loves a choc-mint smoothie (and the kids don’t have to know it’s healthy!)

Choc Mint Smoothie
Anyone up for a choc mint smoothie? Smoothies are a great idea when you need lunch on-the-go, which is why we've added more smoothie options to the 28 menu!
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We’ve got more protein smoothie recipes coming up, including a healthy smoothie with a little coffee kick for the mornings!

If you can’t start the morning without a dose of caffeine, try this coffee smoothie recipe as a healthier alternative to your morning latte!

Snez Kickstarter Smoothie
Snez’s Kickstarter Smoothie
Can't function without coffee in the morning? Combine it with Snez's super quick breakfast smoothie.
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This natural protein smoothie is a balanced breakfast in a glass!

Brekkie To Go Smoothie
Brekkie To Go Smoothie
Running late but still need a healthy breakfast? We've got your back with our Brekkie-To-Go Smoothie recipe. It's as fast as you can throw in a few nutritious ingredients into your blender – and it's packed with protein so it will keep you full until lunch!
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Why is protein so important anyway?

Protein plays a critical part in almost every biological and cellular function within our bodies, including the creation of enzymes and hormones that support our structural development, repairs and builds muscle tissue; and proteins are even responsible for creating the antibodies that help protect our bodies from viruses and bacteria.

We can’t live without protein or, to be more accurate, we can’t live without the essential amino acids (EAAs) found within protein molecules.

If you’re trying to lose weight, eating more protein can help in a number of ways.

Not only does protein take longer to be digested than carbs or fruits & veg, but studies have shown that protein suppresses the hunger hormone, ghrelin, for longer than any other food group too. So, it seems that adding a little extra protein to your meals can help keep your hunger at bay, which can only help if you’re on a weight loss diet.

When you eat protein, you’ll experience a sense of fullness for longer than if you ate any other kind of food.

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Do I need to add more protein to my diet?

The answer is, it depends! How much protein you need per day depends on several factors, such as your current body weight, whether you are physically active or not, and whether you are aiming for healthy weight maintenance, fat loss or muscle gain.

Protein contains several essential amino acids responsible for building, rebuilding and maintaining muscle so, if you’re quite active, it’s quite likely that you could benefit from some extra protein in your diet.

Ideally, you would obtain enough protein eating a balanced diet, but sometimes your normal diet won’t be enough to give you all the protein your body needs, especially if you’re vegetarian, vegan or pregnant. That’s where a protein supplement can come in handy.

How to choose a quality protein supplement.

At 28 we recommend whey isolate protein powder as a healthy way to increase your protein intake. These are not only highly bioabsorbable but it also mixes well into smoothies and other healthy recipes.

Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.