23 Yummy Protein Shake Recipes to Make You Lean & Strong

Written by on November 19, 2015 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 6 Comments


By Dr. Josh Axe | draxe.com

If you’re replenishing after a workout, trying to build lean muscle mass, or just find yourself hungry and need something more filling, bulking up on protein foods might be the answer. But if you can’t stomach eating another steak or cracking one more egg, it might be time to start drinking protein shakes.

Easy-to-make and portable, these healthy protein shake recipes will ensure you get your fill of these amino acids. One thing to keep in mind: Many of these recipes use commercially available protein powders. When you purchase a powder, make sure you always opt for an organic whey protein (or vegan) variety that’s free of pesticides, naturally sweetened and cold-processed.

I know you’ll love these protein shake recipes that’ll keep you full, strong and satisfied!

23 Protein Shakes & Smoothies

1. Almond Joy Protein Shake

What do you get when you start with a chocolate protein powder base, throw in some shredded coconut, and polish things off with sliced almonds and vanilla almond milk? A shake loaded with 30 grams of protein and 310 calories that’s reminiscent of your favorite candy bar. This shake makes a great on-the-go breakfast or post-workout replenishment.

Almond Joy Protein Shake

2. Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Get the flavor of a banana split sans ice cream with this banana protein drink. With just five ingredients, including fruity pineapple, you’ll feel like you’re on the tropics while getting your fill of protein.

3. Chocolate and Kale Protein Shake

If you’re still not on the benefit-loaded kale bandwagon (seriously, what are you waiting for?), then this protein-packed smoothie might help change your mind. Adding the leafy green to your shake means a dose of vitamins in each sip, while using a chocolate-flavored protein powder helps this feel more like a dessert than a healthy drink.

If you use peanut butter, opt for a brand that has just one or two ingredients, or swap a nut butter instead. If you want to keep the shake vegan, try super-effective brown rice protein powder.

4. Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie

Among these many delicious protein shake recipes, this is a great one to start your day. It uses no protein powder, instead relying on milk, Greek yogurt, almond butter and flaxseeds to power you through. Adding unsweetened cocoa powder lends extra flavor without added sugar. The kiddos will love this one, too!

Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie

5. Coffee Lovers Protein Shake

Add an extra kick to your afternoon pick-me-up with this coffee protein drink. Start with the shake essentials: a ripe banana, vanilla protein powder and almond milk, and then kick things up a notch by adding a half cup of nutrition-rich coffee to the mix. Topped with cacao nibs, not only is this drink better for you than anything the coffee shop sells, but it’s absolutely delicious, too.

6. Cookie Dough Protein Shake

When you’re tempted to skip your workout and satisfy a cookie craving instead, turn to this protein shake. With just a few ingredients like milk, vanilla protein powder and your favorite natural sweetener, you’ll have a sippable cookie you won’t feel guilty about eating.

Cookie Dough Protein Shake

7. Creamy Kale Green Drink

This fruity kale green drink is full of so much flavor, you’ll be surprised how healthy it is. I love how bananas, pineapples and mango mask any “green” flavor and give this a refreshing taste, while adding vanilla protein powder helps fuel muscles.

8. Decadent Vanilla Almond Protein Smoothie

This recipe might be called decadent, but there’s only yummy, healthy goodness involved. Tripling up on vanilla — with vanilla almond milk, vanilla yogurt and vanilla protein powder — means this smoothie tastes more like a vanilla milkshake while being packed to the brim with protein to keep you full for hours. To avoid the added sweeteners manufacturers add to flavored yogurt products, make your own instead by using full-fat plain yogurt and adding a few drops of vanilla extract.

9. Green Warrior Protein Smoothie

When you’re short on time and energy, sometimes all it takes is one of the most replenishing protein shake recipes. This “Green Warrior” strays from similar drinks by using hemp hearts as its main protein source. Combined with cucumber, fresh mint, apples, grapefruit and celery, this green smoothie is creamy, refreshing and so tasty. When you’ve tired of the same old protein shake, give this one a try.


Green Warrior Protein Smoothie

10. Kale Pina Covado

Loaded with fruits, veggies and healthy fats, this protein shake is seriously good for you. I love how using avocado adds creaminess, while the benefit-rich pineapple lend sweetness and a tropical feel, no matter what the weather outside is!


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