My Favorite Breakfast Protein Shake

Smoothies (a category that includes protein shakes) are thick beverages made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products, or sweeteners.  I was late to the smoothie fad.  While smoothies were popular in the early 1990s, they have been around a lot longer than that, in particular on the West Coast.

With the invention of the kitchen blender, health food stores in California began selling these popular blended drinks in the 1930’s.  By the 1960s, smoothies had made their way across the United States.  But they did not become popularized until 1973 when Steve Kuhnau founded Smoothie King, a chain that marketed blended drinks including added vitamins and protein powders.

Breakfast Protein Shake

The healthfulness of a smoothie depends on its ingredients. Many drinks include very large servings of fruits and vegetables, which are integral to a healthy diet.  However, too many sweet fruits or added sugar can lead to high-calorie counts and weight gain.   Protein shakes and now green smoothies–which popped onto the market in the early 2000s, as part of a greater focus on sugar consumption–are now in high demand.

This is my favorite homemade protein shake recipe.  I like having this for breakfast before exercising.  It is packed with protein; it gives me energy; and it fills me up for hours.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

5 thoughts on "My Favorite Breakfast Protein Shake"

  1. Avatar photo nicole says:

    yum!!! this sounds so good! thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thanks Nicole, so glad you like the recipe.

  2. Avatar photo nicole says:

    mmm this sounds so delicious! banana and almond are some of my fav flavors. need to try this!

  3. Avatar photo Kate says:

    Yum this recipe sounds so delicious!

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