Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie

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This Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie recipe is great as a filling breakfast or post workout drink.

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie

If you know me in person then you know that I’m a big day dreamer. Some of my day dreams have turned into reality (hellloooo book deal) and some of them are just crazy (helloo mansion on the ocean with an indoor / outdoor kitchen and 3,000 square foot studio room). I think that Wyatt often times takes my day dreaming remarks as signs of not being happy but really I just like to make up scenarios and play them out over conversation. I think I probably got this from my parents who, when my brother and I were little, used to take us for drives in the “gated communities” and talk about what it would be like to own one of the million dollar homes.


One of the big things I talk about is what it is like to move to another city; I think it is because we kind of organically ended up where we are instead of intentionally saying we were going to take root here. It’s funny because I am actually terrible at change but my mind still starts to wander to other life scenarios after things have been normal for too long.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my day dream tendencies lately because I’m headed to Portland tomorrow for a weekend trip. Portland was one of the places I dragged Wyatt to after college because I was certain we should move there. We absolutely loved the city and all it had to offer. However, as with all of the trips I drag him on to check out new cities, it didn’t feel like home and we were happy to return to our little college town in the Midwest. BUT it’s still a wonderful place to visit and I’m so excited to go back – any recommendations for places I should see / eat / hang out while there?

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Moving on to this smoothie, I’m pretty beyond stoked to have smoothie season back again. With our brutally cold winters here, I can’t bring myself to drink smoothies between September and April (all I want is hot tea). As the weather warms and I start to move my body more, it also craves refreshing fresh vegetables and fruit so smoothies are the easiest way for me to feed those cravings. To be honest, my usual go-to are green smoothies but I was feeling something a little more sweet this time around (although a cup of spinach would still be fantastic in this recipe if you wanted the extra green boost).

The secret ingredient here is the pink peppercorn. As with most spices, we are only using the tiniest amount to enhance the overall flavor of the smoothie without completely overwhelming it. We want the end result to have the faintest peppery bite without anyone (besides you since you are making it!) being able to put their finger on exactly what is creating that spice.

Also, I rarely make the same smoothie twice because I’m always just using what I have on hand. Here are a few mix-ins that I bet would be great with this smoothie: 1 cup spinach, ground flaxseed, or even beet powder (which I weirdly have on hand because I’m a total food nerd).

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie recipe below:

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
This Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie recipe is great as a filling breakfast or post workout drink.
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 307 kcal
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 1 cup Silk High Protein Nutmilk
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 banana , peeled
  • 1 carrot (grated if you don't have a high speed blender)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey if ok w/ it not being vegan)
  • Dash of ground pink peppercorn (about 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Optional mix-ins: 1 cup of greens (spinach, kale, etc), 1 tsp ground flaxseed, 1/2 tsp ground beet powder
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  2. Transfer to a glass and enjoy right away.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Potassium 1072mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 38g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 215.4%
Vitamin C 68.1%
Calcium 35.4%
Iron 10.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.


Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

May 14, 2017



  1. Reply

    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    May 10, 2017

    I’m so happy for smoothie weather to be here too! I’ve never thought about putting peppercorns in a smoothie, but now you have me intrigued 🙂 I agree on the whole taking root thing, when we moved to Milwaukee it was supposed to be temporary, but we love it so much I just can’t imagine leaving now!

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    Karl Cooks

    May 10, 2017

    This is so beautiful Shelly! I can’t wait to try <3 the sunshine is making me crave smoothies too!

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    May 10, 2017

    I think we should always dream. I am big day dreamer LOL! And I don’t mind it at all 🙂
    that smoothie looks stunning And I love that you added peppercorn. Would surely add a lovely kick.

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    Jess Kelley

    May 10, 2017

    I love everything about this! The pink color, the pink peppercorn undertone, the lighting…it’s all so dreamy. I’m with you on not being able to drink smoothies between September and April. Give me all the hot tea. I definitely need to play around with adding more herbs and spices to smoothies. You have me so inspired!

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    Considering The Radish

    May 11, 2017

    That color! It’s finally warm enough for smoothies here too, and I think this one will have to be my inaugural 2017 smoothie. Pink peppercorns and strawberries are an absolutely brilliant combination.