Whether unsweetened, unflavored or designed to taste great all on its own, there are a few awesome ways to make your blended protein shakes taste awesome.
Here are five recipes to help keep whey and casein protein blend shakes interesting and delicious.
#1 – Mocha Breakfast Shake
For this tasty breakfast treat, you’ll need:
- 1 cup of cold or room temperature coffee;
- 25g of chocolate protein blend; and
- ½ cup of vanilla ice cream.
All you have to do is put all of the ingredients into your favorite blender and mix. It’s a great way to start your morning off right, and you can use the instant or brewed coffee of your choice. Just remember to use room-temperature or cold coffee so your blended protein shakes are the right consistency.
#2 – Peppermint Oatmeal Shake
If you’re feeling tired after a workout and digesting a heavy meal is the last thing on your mind, this filling peppermint oatmeal shake is invigorating and filling at the same time. To make it, gather:
- 25g of chocolate protein blend;
- 1 cup of vanilla ice cream (sugar free or low-fat is fine, as is frozen yogurt);
- 1 cup of rolled oatmeal;
- 2 cups of skim milk;
- ½ cup of water; and
- ½ tsp of peppermint extract.
Add everything to your blender and mix until the oatmeal is in very, very small pieces. This is one of the thicker blended protein shakes, and if you do not like the consistency of the raw oatmeal, you can use an instant variety, instead. Just bear in mind that it will soak up the liquid quickly and give your shake a “pasty” texture.
#3 – Strawberry Banana Shake
If you prefer fruit in your blended protein shakes, then this recipe is for you. It is delicious and incredibly refreshing, but thanks to the addition of bananas and almonds, it is quite filling at the same time. You will need:
- 1 banana;
- 4 whole, large frozen strawberries;
- ½ cup of skim milk;
- 10 almonds, raw or roasted;
- 25g of strawberry protein blend; and
- 1 handful of ice.
Simply blend and enjoy. You’ll discover that although this shake is more like a smoothie, the addition of ice and the fresh fruit make it a great choice to cool down and refresh.
#4 – Simply Strawberry Shake
Strawberry protein blend shakes are some of the most popular of all, and with this recipe, you can take that strawberry flavor to the next level. To make it, you’ll need:
- 25g of strawberry protein blend;
- 1 cup of water;
- 1 cup of strawberry flavored Greek yogurt and
- 3 or 4 large frozen strawberries.
Blend until the strawberries are completely pulverized and enjoy. This delicious shake offers up an immense amount of protein thanks to the Greek yogurt, and it tastes great, too.
#5 – Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie
Pomegranates are undeniably one of the world’s most delicious superfoods, and this smoothie will help you get more of it into your diet. To make it, you’ll need:
- ½ cup of pomegranate arils (the “seeds” inside the pomegranate);
- ¾ cup of coconut milk;
- 3 or 4 large frozen strawberries;
- 25g strawberry protein blend; and
- A handful of ice.
This is a great recipe since you can adjust the amount of pomegranate arils you add to enhance the flavor. ½ cup balances the flavor with the strawberry, but if you want more pomegranate, feel free to add it. These blended protein shakes are packed with antioxidants to keep you feeling healthy and fit.
As you can see, blended protein shakes do not need to be gritty or unpalatable. Simply add your favorite protein blend powder to some healthy, fresh ingredients to turn your favorite shakes and smoothies into protein powerhouses. Instead of having trouble meeting your protein requirements each day, you might find it easy to consume too much protein with these recipes.