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Strawberry Protein Smoothie

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Our strawberry protein smoothie will help keep you feeling full and energized all morning long. The combination of fresh strawberries and protein powder creates a creamy and flavorful smoothie that’s as nutritious as it is delicious.

A strawberry protein shake in a tall glass.

A protein shake is a great way to start your day. It’s quick and easy to make, and it provides you with a nutrient-rich boost of energy whether you are looking for a post-workout recovery, bulking up, or trying to keep up with protein intake and calories while breastfeeding.

If you use whey protein, you will have 22 grams of protein in this shake. Whey protein provides your body with an easily digestible and absorbable form of protein that is quickly digested, making it an ideal choice for post-workout nutrition. If you want more protein shakes, try our strawberry blackberry banana smoothie

❤️ Here is Why This Recipe Works

  • Super easy breakfast to make. With just a few ingredients and a blender, you can whip up this strawberry protein smoothie in no time.
  • Great for busy mornings: This smoothie is the perfect way to start your day when you don’t have much time to spare.
  • The protein will curb your appetite and give you energy for hours, so you can stay focused on what matters.

A colander of fresh strawberries.

The Ingredients

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this strawberry protein shake recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details. 

  • Milk. You can use dairy or non-dairy milk. Coconut milk is a personal favorite that tastes so good with strawberries. 
  • Protein powder. Use your favorite protein powder. Many protein powder supplements have a flavor and sweetener added to them. Check the label if you want unflavored and unsweetened supplements, but keep in mind that unflavored protein powder will still have a distinct flavor. 
  • Plain yogurt. Dairy or non-dairy yogurt will work. 
  • Vanilla extract. If you use vanilla protein powder, you can skip the vanilla extract. 
  • Strawberries. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries. However, frozen fruit will give the shake a thicker consistency and make it taste like a shake.  

Simple ingredients pack a ton of nutrition and help curb your hunger pangs or your sweet tooth. 

?‍? How to Make It

Here is a brief overview to get an idea of what to expect with the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

Adding milk, yogurt, protein powder, and frozen strawberries to a blender.

Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed and secure the lid. 

Blending a strawberry smoothie.

Blend on the lowest speed for five seconds and slowly increase the speed to maximum. Blend until everything is smooth.

Tips for Success

  • Frozen strawberries will make the smoothie thicker and make it taste like a milkshake. Fresh fruit works fine. However, if you want a cold smoothie, you may want to add ice cubes to the blender. 
  • Place the milk in the blender first. The liquid will help the blades to move more freely and create a vortex to pull the solids down. 
  • Start the blender on low, then gradually increase the speed to high. 
  • If you have a Ninja Creami you can freeze the smoothie and make a healthy “ice cream.” I tried this, and I’m pretty impressed. It isn’t as decadent as real ice cream, but it makes a great healthy treat.

Pouring a strawberry smoothie shake into a glass.

✅ Substitutions and Variations

  • You can substitute the yogurt with cottage cheese for a little extra protein. 
  • For extra nutrients, toss in a handful of spinach. It won’t be as green as our green smoothie, but it will add a boost of healthy veggies. 
  • Use flavored protein powder and change up the flavor of the shake. Chocolate protein powder goes great with strawberries and turns this smoothie into a strawberry chocolate protein shake.

    Other flavors that taste delicious with strawberries are snickerdoodle, banana, cookies and cream, and white chocolate. 
  • If you don’t care for the flavor of protein powder, you can use unflavored collagen powder, which doesn’t have a taste.

    Collagen powder isn’t a complete protein like most protein powders, but it is still a good source of protein. Especially since this shake already has milk and yogurt as complete sources of protein. 
  • Add some healthy fats by tossing in a few slices of avocado or almond butter. 

Strawberry smoothie with a pink and white straw.

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A strawberry protein smoothie in a glass.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie

This recipe for a strawberry protein smoothie is a meal in a glass. It is quick to prepare and low-calorie, very low-fat and a healthy dose of protein.
4.91 from 44 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 1-½ cups milk dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ½ cup plain yogurt dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries


  • Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed and secure the lid. Blend on the lowest speed for five seconds and slowly increase speed to maximum.
  • Blend for one minute or until desired consistency is reached.
  • If you want the smoothie thinner, add additional milk.


  • If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add honey, maple syrup, or your choice of sweetener to taste.
  • You can replace the yogurt with cottage cheese or ricotta cheese for an extra boost of protein.
  • The sweetness of the protein shake will vary depending on the protein powder you use.
  • If you don't want your protein powder to affect the sweetness of this strawberry protein shake, check the label and get unflavored and unsweetened protein powder.
  • If you purchase unflavored protein powder, it will still have a distinct taste. If you don't like the flavor of protein powder, you can use unflavored collagen powder. Collagen powder doesn't have all the amino acids that most protein powders have, but it is still a good source of protein and will not affect the flavor of the smoothie.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5.5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 13g

This recipe was originally published on January 4, 2014.

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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