10 Healthy Protein Shake Recipes to Start Off the Day

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10 Healthy Protein Shake Recipes to Start Off the Day

Getting a solid dose of protein in the morning is a terrific way to start your day. Studies show that the right amount of breakfast protein can help you feel less hungry throughout the day and curb cravings. But not everyone has time in the morning to make and eat such a meal. That’s why a healthy protein shake is a perfect way to get a nutrient-rich breakfast. Protein shakes are fast, easy, delicious, and give you what you need to power through your morning. Also, if you’re a person who wakes up and immediately goes to exercise, a protein shake is a quick way to fuel up and recover afterward. Read on for ten breakfast shake recipes that will take your mornings to the next level.

For all of the following recipes, place ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth or until it’s your desired consistency, and serve immediately.

1. Oatmeal Protein Shake

With heart-healthy whole grains, oatmeal is one of the best breakfasts you could eat. But drinking oatmeal? You better believe it!

Blending oatmeal into shakes is a delicious and hearty way to get all of its benefits.

  • 1/4 cup dry, uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 1 cup milk, soy, or almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 ice cubes (optional)

Add or subtract as much ice as you like for desired consistency.

2. Coffee Protein Shake

If you like the kick of caffeine in the morning, this shake is for you. And no need to juggle your coffee mug and your shake – this recipe puts it all in one.

  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (whole, skim, almond, etcetera)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla or chocolate flavor work best)
  • 2 cups ice

3. Banana Peanut Butter Shake

Who doesn’t love the classic peanut butter banana combination? It’s great at all times of the day but it’s an especially awesome breakfast boost. Rev up with the protein and potassium in this recipe.

  • 10 ounces milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • As much or as little ice as you prefer, adjust for consistency

4. Berries on Berries Protein Shake

For an antioxidant punch, this healthy protein shake really delivers.

  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 8 raspberries
  • 4 strawberries
  • 15 blueberries
  • 2 cups milk of your choice
  • 1 handful ice

Tip: buying frozen berries allows your ingredients to last longer and also allows you to use less ice if you prefer. Adjust the types of berries to your liking or buy what is in season.

5. Spinach Protein Shake

Greens in the morning? Oh yes!

It’s recommended that you consume about 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day, depending on your build and activity level. Why not get a jumpstart in the morning?

  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach, washed
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

6. Almond Butter Chia Protein Shake

Chia seeds are an amazing superfood and they bring a multitude of health benefits. They help build muscle, boost metabolism and promote healthy skin, just to name a few. Put them in your shake and reap the rewards.

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder

You can also add:

  • Cinnamon
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Blueberries or berry of choice
  • Spinach or any other greens you prefer

7. Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake

Do you have a sweet tooth? Wish you could indulge in pastries every morning? Trick your taste buds with this healthy protein shake.

Bonus: cinnamon actually helps ease muscle soreness and spasms making this a great post-workout drink.

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein
  • 1 tablespoon sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter-flavor extract
  • 1 cup water or low-fat milk
  • 1 handful ice

8. Mango Chili Protein Shake

For a swift kick to your morning, this healthy protein shake will wake you right up.

  • 1 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried goji berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

Hemp seeds are great for cardiovascular health and they’ve been shown to naturally balance hormones.

Goji berries are packed with antioxidants, they boost your immune system and help keep you energized.

9. Green Tea Avocado Protein Shake

If you’re not a coffee person but still like that A.M. buzz, you can find it in the matcha (powdered green tea leaves) of this recipe. And the healthy fats from the avocado are a smooth and yummy addition to this shake.

  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup almond milk, or milk of your choice
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 ice cubes

10. Pear Ginger Yogurt Protein Shake

The unique and refreshing pear ginger combination along with the benefits of Greek yogurt make this a dynamite shake.

Greek yogurt has probiotics that maintain healthy digestion and promote a strong immune system overall. And with roughly 14 grams of protein per cup, it offers an extra protein punch.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of your choice
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup diced frozen pears
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • As much or as little honey as you’d like
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Enjoy Your Healthy Protein Shake

When making these shakes, there are of course many ingredients to consider, but also different types of protein, too.

Do your research, test out a variety, and choose the protein powder that suits you best.

Also, feel free to add or take out any items from the above recipes – consider them starting places for inspiration. The trick is to have a liquid base, then add your favorite fruits, vegetables, seeds, and powders. Play around and experiment. Challenge yourself to come up with a healthy protein shake recipe of your own!

Leave us a note in the comments section, let us know which shake is your favorite! Feel free to contact us for more information about protein powders and how to best integrate them into your diet.

Now get shakin’!

 

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