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BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Dietitian Beth Bennett helps cancer patients at The Gathering Place learn how to make the most of every calorie. Beth shared two of her favorite protein-packed smoothie recipes with Fox 8’s Stefani Schaefer.

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Green Warrior Protein Smoothie

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free



  • 1/2 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup destemmed dinosaur/lacinato kale
  • 1 large sweet apple, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • heaping 1/2 cup chopped celery (1 med. stalk)
  • 3-4 tablespoons hemp hearts (I use 4 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes, as needed


  1. Juice half of a large red grapefruit and add 1/2 cup grapefruit juice to the blender.
  2. Now add the kale, apple, cucumber, celery, hulled hemp seeds, pineapple, mint, coconut oil, and ice. Blend on high until super smooth. (If using a Vitamix, use the tamper stick to push it down until it blends). You can add a bit of water if necessary to get it blending.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately! This makes enough for a large glass with some leftover so you can also divide it into two servings.
  4. If using, take the algae DHA oil separately. I don’t add it to the smoothie because it impacts the overall flavour.

For the entire 3 cup portion (using 4 tbsp hulled hemp seeds), this smoothie comes in at approx. 495 calories (421 calories without the coconut oil), 17 grams protein, and 12 grams fiber. It’s also a rich source of Iron, Vitamin C + A, and Calcium. Feel free to split this into 2 servings to make it snack-sized. I used dinosaur/lacinato kale because it has a milder flavour than regular curly kale.

Feel free to sub the grapefruit juice with orange juice or coconut water.
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Super Protein Power Smoothie

For general guidelines on preparing smoothies and shakes, see our Tips for Easy Smoothie Making. Serves one.


  • 1 cup any liquid (milk, soy milk) use more than 1 cup if needed to blend
  • ½ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt or soy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder (any type)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground flaxseeds*
  • 1 banana, handful berries
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • Pinch of vanilla, cinnamon
  • Crushed ice: optional; can be added if a colder smoothie is desired


  • Measure and prepare solid ingredients.
  • Place these ingredients in the blender.
  • Add liquid ingredients to the blender.
  • Blend all of the ingredients together to your desired consistency.
  • Add additional liquid to the blender if needed to thin out consistency for better blending. Depending on the strength of your blender, you may need more or less liquid to make the mixture blend.

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