I just can’t get enough of this protein-packed Yogurt Berry Parfait Smoothie made gluten free with nuts, berries and yogurt.
This smoothie is packed full of protein, is completely gluten free and grain free and is oh-so-easy to make. And that to me makes it the ultimate in post-workout snacks or breakfast treats.
All the warmer, sunnier weather we have been getting here (just west of Toronto) is getting to me. I don’t know what it is about sunshine but it just makes me want to do more. Run. Bike. Walk. Do cartwheels through the park. Any kind of exercise or activity out there involving the outdoors is golden to me right now.
Probably something to do with being huddled under a massive pile of blankets and sweaters for months and months and months. But still. Give me that sunshine and those running shoes.
And with more running, more biking and more rounds of golf to be played (I swear I’m not completely 80 years old – I just think golf is just so much fun) means there will be more post-workout snacks, meals and treats to eat.
…the post-run snacks and treats might just be my favourite part of the run.
MORE ABOUT THIS YOGURT BERRY PARFAIT SMOOTHIE RECIPE
It was pretty much a really fun (and really tasty) experiment to turn one of my favourite post-workout snacks into an insanely delicious and protein-packed smoothie. Mission accomplished.
Annnnd, if you couldn’t have guessed that favourite just-worked-my-butt-off-at-the-gym snack (and that also happens to be breakfast 98% of the time if this or this doesn’t happen for breakfast instead) is a creamy Greek yogurt parfait with lots of fresh berries and tons of crunchy nutty granola. How sweet granola with yogurt and berries taste so good together, I will never know.
This Yogurt Berry Parfait Smoothie, my friends. Think of all the goodness of a fruit and yogurt parfait jam-packed into a cold and creamy, easy-to-drink shake. We’re talking all the berries, lots of creamy yogurt, roasted almond butter and chia seeds in cold and frosty smoothie form. Because when it’s hot outside (and therefore very hot inside my apartment) the only things I crave are smoothies and popsicles.
I used frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries in this protein-packed smoothie. Strawberries and blueberries are by far my favourites of the berry world and they are the ones that I always have on hand. Of course, you can sub out any berry you’d like. But I definitely recommend keeping those blueberries in there just for that pretty purple.
And that creamy, tangy and protein-packed Greek yogurt. You can use plain, unflavoured yogurt but I really love using the vanilla flavoured stuff here.
The Greek yogurt is a must. It adds so much protein to the post-workout treat that there is no need for protein powder. Because, to be honest, me and protein powder don’t really go. Maaaaybe I haven’t found the right one for me. And by right one, I mean a powder that doesn’t make my drinks a weird texture or give them that chalk effect, or weird aftertaste. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, it’s Greek yogurt > protein powder always in my kitchen.
Instead of actual granola, I opted for a little honey, a big scoop of roasted almond butter (a solid tablespoon) and some chia seeds. This smoothie still has that granola-like sweetness along with a subtle nutty taste and the nutrition of the chia seed.
Cold, refreshing and extremely satisfying. With just about the right amounts of proteins and carbs, this smoothie is a post-workout winner. This smoothie keeps me full for hours and is very much gluten free and good for you. Suitable for after the gym, for breakfast or just because.Print
- 1/2 cup 0% or 2% Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla flavoured)
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen
- 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
- 3/4 cup plain and unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp honey (optional but recommended)
- 1 tbsp creamy almond butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional but recommended)
- Add all ingredients into a high-power blender (I use my Nutri-Bullet for all my smoothies) and blend until smooth. You can add a little more almond milk or water if you find the smoothie is too thick.
- Serve immediately.
This Yogurt Berry Parfait Smoothie recipe was inspired by the good people over at NUTS.COM. If you like this recipe you will love the recipes NUTS.COM has to offer. Be sure to check out their Healthy Snacks and their High-Protein Snacks pages for more information, recipes and ideas for other post-workout snacks and meals. All opinions expressed here are my own.