By Beth Blair
Updated: December 27, 2017
A healthy strawberry and blueberry smoothie

I've always loved making fruit smoothies, but I learned something very important this year while working with my registered dietician, Heather Wallace: It's imperative I include protein with every meal and snack. Therefore I've been adding a scoop of whey protein powder to my daily smoothies and have noticed I do stay fuller longer. The added protein also helps my muscles recover from my workouts. It's a win-win all the way around!

Here are four of my favorite easy smoothie recipes:

Pumpkin Pie Shake

This creamy, healthy smoothie relies on canned pumpkin, which adds fiber and tons of vitamins.

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 scoop whey vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon flaxseed

1 packet Stevia or 1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

7 to 8 ice cubes

Berry Smoothie

Blueberries, strawberries, and more make this fruit smoothie nice and sweet, without any added sugar.

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 scoop whey protein powder

1 tablespoon flaxseed

1 teaspoon chia seeds

(Sometimes I throw in a handful of spinach, kale, or a teaspoon of honey, like this flat-belly kale smoothie.)

Nut-Butter Smoothie

Almond butter and protein powder give this staying power.

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon almond butter or other nut butter

1 scoop whey protein powder

1 teaspoon honey

7 to 8 ice cubes

(I'm off bananas and peanut butter right now for food sensitivity reasons, but if you love bananas, throw one in for extra deliciousness or substitute Nuttzo for peanut butter!)

Fruit Smoothie

You can use any fruit here--experiment with frozen peaches, tropical fruit mixes, and more.

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 cup frozen mixed fruit

1 scoop whey protein powder

4 to 5 ice cubes

For more ideas, try our top 11 smoothie recipes. Do you have any healthy go-to smoothie recipes that have helped you lose weight? Any that are especially delicious? Tell me on twitter at @ShapeWLDiary and @Shape_Magazine.

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