4 High-Protein Smoothie Recipes Nutritionists Say Burn Calories & Speed Up Your Metabolism

August 10, 2019 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Food

When you’re searching for ingredients that can boost your metabolism, increase your energy levels, and make you feel amazing, look no further than high-protein foods. Making a delicious smoothie is one way you can ensure you’re getting a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as protein and fiber, in one glass. But there are so many smoothie recipes out there — and more than a few are packed with sugar — that it can become difficult to narrow down your choices.

If you’re trying to lose weight and burn calories, it helps to cut down on sugar and a boost your protein intake. And these four high-protein smoothie recipes nutritionists say burn calories and speed up your metabolism can help.

chia seeds

Tropical Chia Smoothie

Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat — one packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants. And the addition of tofu provides yet another amazing plant-based protein that creates a creamy texture.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this smoothie:

Unsweetened coconut milk or coconut water

Frozen mango

Frozen pineapple


Chia seeds

Silken tofu

flax seeds

Green Smoothie Recipe

Like chia seeds, the flax seeds in this green smoothie recipe provide protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent your body from storing excess fat.

To achieve a creamier consistency, Greek yogurt has been used — and its probiotics help balance the levels of bacteria in your gut and curb inflammation. The ingredients you’ll need are:

Plain Greek yogurt




Flax seeds




Strawberry Protein Shake

Trying to keep things simple (and simplify your grocery list?). You don’t need a million fancy healthy ingredients when these five will do. A scoop of vanilla-flavored protein powder and Greek yogurt are all you need to add metabolism-boosting protein to your glass.

The ingredients needed are:

Frozen strawberries

Frozen bananas

Greek yogurt

Vanilla protein powder

Unsweetened almond milk


Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

This smoothie is filled with so many high-protein goodies, including calcium-rich cottage cheese and chia seeds. And you can’t beat blueberries when it comes to their antioxidant content, which helps keeps cells healthy.

Add these ingredients to your grocery list:




Vanilla extract

Cottage cheese

Chia seeds

Lemon zest


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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