2 unbelievably good protein smoothies to start your day
Posted on 10/01/2016

Unbelievably Good 5-Minute Protein Smoothies to Start Your Day

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Managing to eat breakfast now that the kiddo is in school hasn’t been easy. I get back from school drop off and try to catch up on social media and emails as soon as I can so the next thing I know it’s noon or 1 p.m. already and I haven’t eaten a thing all day. Now that I’m pregnant, I’m trying to be better about getting some sort of breakfast/protein in so I’ve been looking into ways S and I can get the morning nutrition we need without adding too much time to our morning since we’re perpetually “going to be late.” The answer? Smoothies! I’ve created two 5-minute smoothies that I know you’re going to love — A Nourishing Carmel Apple Smoothie for fall (or anytime you want it to feel like fall) and a Peanut Butter Lover Workout Smoothie. Keep reading for the recipes!

This post is sponsored by OLLY Nutrition. Thank you for supporting our sponsors. All opinions are mine alone.

blending my apple carmel smoothie

When OLLY Nutrition sent me their new smoothies I knew that they would be the answer to my breakfast question. They’re plant-based with natural flavors from real food sources, and vegan and gluten-free, so I don’t need to worry about what kind of mystery stuff is in my smoothie. Even though you can throw a scoop of powder in with water or milk and blend then drink right way my preggo preferences wanted to add more so I thought about the flavors that would compliment these great smoothie starters I was sent. The first one is a Nourishing Carmel Apple Smoothie using OLLY Nutrition’s Velvet Vanilla Nourishing Smoothie. This smoothie is perfect for breakfast skippers like me, or as a snack later in the day since the OLLY Velvet Vanilla has protein, fiber and a meal’s worth of vitamins to keep you going through the day.


5-Minute Nourishing Carmel Apple Smoothie

carmel apple smoothie Looking for a new breakfast treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? Try this Nourishing Carmel Apple Smoothie, you won't be disappointed.

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 5m
  • Serves: 2
  • Yield: 2-3 cups
  • Category:


  • 2 Gala Apples
  • 2 cups Apple Juice
  • 4 tablespoons OLLY Nutrition Velvet Vanilla Nourishing Smoothie
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Whipped Cream (Optional)


  1. Slice (and peel if you would like) 1-2 apples
  2. Pour about 2 cups of apple juice in blender
  3. Add 1-2 scoops of OLLY Nutritional Smoothie (using the scoop enclosed in the lid)
  4. Add slices from 1 apple to the blender
  5. Blend ingredients so far
  6. Add half or all of 2nd apple (up to you)
  7. Add a spoonful of brown sugar
  8. Add a tablespoon of vanilla extract
  9. Blend ingredients until smooth
  10. Pour drink and add whip cream if desired

FInished Carmel Apple Smoothie drink

The second smoothie I’m sharing is for all the peanut butter fans! If you don’t like super sweet flavored things then you’d prefer this flavor pairing over the previous, because it’s all chocolate and peanut butter, basically. This recipe utilizes OLLY Nutrition’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Workout Smoothie so it helps get your muscles ready for an active day with all the protein, vitamins, and veggies you need.


5-Minute Peanut Butter Lover Workout Smoothie

Peanut Butter Workout Smoothie Do you just absolutely love peanut butter? Try this peanut butter workout smoothie! It’s loaded with protein, veggies and a…

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 5m
  • Serves: 2
  • Yield: 2-3 cups or 1 workout bottle
  • Category:


  • 2 cups Cow's Milk or Plain Almond Milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons OLLY Nutrition Chocolate Protein Workout Smoothie
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 cups Frozen Raspberries
  • 2 cups Strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon Honey


  1. Pour milk in blender
  2. Add 1 or 2 scoops (depending on your preference) of OLLY Nutritional Workout Smoothie using the included scoop
  3. Add peanut butter
  4. Add raspberries, strawberries, peanut butter, and honey
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Enjoy!


OLLY Nutrition also sent me their new Kids Strawberry Swirl Smoothie packed with all the greens and protein necessary for a growing kiddo. My daughter loves strawberry so I blend this with some cow’s milk, strawberries and grapes for her as a quick on-the-go breakfast for those mornings when we’re really late to school and she refuses to eat anything.

Check out OLLY Smoothies for yourself — They’re on sale at Target right now and OLLY Nutrition is hosting a giveaway! Enter the giveaway to win your own OLLY Nutrition smoothies! Every entry gets a $5 off Target coupon (um, yes, thank you) and is in the drawing to win over $1,000 in prizes! (Prizes are fulfilled through OLLY Nutrition.)

Unbelievably Good 5-Minute Smoothies to Start Your Day

This post does not serve as medical/nutritional advice. If you have a specialized diet, please consult an expert. Theses are smoothies that I’ve tested and enjoyed.

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  • Reply Ashley 10/03/2016 at 8:55 pm

    Yum! Gonna pin this to enjoy later

  • Reply Lindsay 10/03/2016 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve never made an apple smoothie before, but it sounds delicious! thanks for sharing these!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 10/03/2016 at 6:21 pm

      It’s so tasty, Lindsay. Thanks for checking out the post!

  • Reply Jessica 10/03/2016 at 4:58 pm

    These sound so good! I love smoothies, and I really like OLLY brand stuff!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 10/03/2016 at 6:21 pm

      Totally agree, OLLY is so great! I’m glad you like the recipes, too 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa 10/03/2016 at 10:48 am

    I need a better morning breakfast routine and these sound easy and delicious!

  • Reply Kerry 10/03/2016 at 7:43 am

    Yum! They both sound so good! I love anything apple so that one is right up my alley.

  • Reply Amber Starr 10/03/2016 at 6:27 am

    Oh gosh, these sound so good! I’ve been wanting to try Olly brand protein too! I’m glad to hear that you like it.

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 10/03/2016 at 7:59 am

      Super tasty smoothies, Amber! If you enter the contest you get a $5 Target gift card to try them and entered to win, too!

  • Reply Maggie 10/02/2016 at 9:15 pm

    These look so yummy! Especially the chocolate and peanut butter one!

  • Reply Bailey 10/02/2016 at 8:07 pm

    Man these look so great!!! I need to make time for more smoothies!!

  • Reply Sheila Jo 10/02/2016 at 7:32 pm

    The caramel apple one looks good!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 10/02/2016 at 10:08 pm

      Oh it is, Sheila, especially if you like sweet drinks ?.

  • Reply Faith Clark 10/02/2016 at 7:22 pm

    I love having a smoothie in the morning- such a fun post!! Love the recipes including OLLY, will have to try.

  • Reply Patricia 10/02/2016 at 6:49 pm

    I used to make smoothies all the time but it’s been a while. The caramel apple sounds delicious!

  • Reply Jennifer 10/02/2016 at 6:22 pm

    I love smoothies! Your protein smoothies recipe looks great and very easy to make. I don’t like a heavy breakfast, so this would be perfect!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 10/02/2016 at 6:44 pm

      It’s so easy, let me know what you think when if you try it! I’m not a breakfast person so this makes mornings simpler.

  • Reply Samantha Kuzyk 10/02/2016 at 6:04 pm

    all of those smoothies looks and sound amazing!!!

  • Reply Julie @ trysmallthings 10/02/2016 at 4:47 pm

    Caramel apple smoothie! You’re blowing my mind here! 🙂 What a delicious way to start the day!!

    • Reply Shari Wargo Stamps 10/02/2016 at 6:43 pm

      Ahaha I’m glad you like it, Julie! Yesss it’s so good ?

  • Reply Nicole Banuelos 10/02/2016 at 3:01 pm

    I LOVE smoothies, especially to use as a breakfast alternative. The Carmel Apple sounds so delicious!

  • Reply Kristeena 10/02/2016 at 2:07 pm

    Smoothies are so great for mornings when I’m in a rush. Love your easy flavor combos!

  • Reply themotheroverload 10/02/2016 at 1:57 pm

    Can not wait to try these!! Love protein smothies! 😉

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