When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, you need to make sure that you’re getting enough protein. One way to do this is through using a good protein powder on a daily basis. These tend to be pretty low calorie but high in protein which makes them the ideal accompaniment to your meals. You can do a lot with protein powders, but making a shake is the most popular option. However, you might not know where to start, and creating a recipe can be quite challenging. So, if you want to know how to make a delicious protein shake, keep reading and discover 5 tasty recipes you need to try!
Chocolate and Peanut Butter
Everybody loves the classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter, so why not make a protein shake that tastes exactly like it. All you need is a chocolate protein powder and some peanut butter and you’re half ways there. Pop the right amount of protein powder into your blender, then add a tablespoon of peanut butter. Then all you need to add is half a banana, a squirt of honey, and a 350ml of a milk of your choice, and blend! Within seconds you’ll have a delicious PB&C (peanut butter and chocolate) protein shake. If you want to add some extra chocolatey goodness, you could add in a teaspoon of cocoa powder too. This simple, yet tasty recipe works perfectly as a post workout snack to give you a little hit of sweetness.
Just because you’re using protein powders doesn’t mean you have to only have dessert sweet shakes. In fact, you can make a tangy, berry filled protein shake super easily. Grab your favourite strawberry protein powder and a handful of frozen mixed berries, and pop them into your blender. Then top it up with a glassful of orange juice and just a touch of honey to give it some sweetness. Blitz until smooth, and then you’ve got a yummy fruity protein shake that’s perfect on the side of your lunch. The berries give it a natural sweetness and the orange juice helps enhance the tanginess of them too. So, you won’t have a drink that’s too sugary sweet at all, and it will be in fact, tangy and full of protein. This can also work as great drink to have in the summer if you pop a few ice cubes in it and create a fruity slushy that’s super healthy and full of nutrition.
Everybody knows that the green smoothies are good for you, but you probably don’t want to drink them all that often. However, you can change this if you make this healthy, yet delicious green vitality protein shake. Chop up one apple, half a kiwi, a chunk of cucumber, and then juice half a lemon, and pop them all into your blender. Then add in a handful of kale, the same of spinach, and finally a teaspoon of matcha powder. Next add in your protein powder of choice. You don’t have to use a plain whey one, but if you do go for flavoured, try to stick to more neutral ones and avoid chocolate. Finally, top it all up with some coconut water and blend! You don’t need as much liquid in this one as the fruits will provide you with more than enough. You want just enough coconut water to thin it out, but not too much that it becomes watery. The matcha powder will give you a hit of energy too, which makes it the perfect protein shake to have early in the morning.
When it comes to breakfast, not everyone has the time to make it. So, why not make the most of your protein powders and make a liquid breakfast instead. Add a vanilla protein powder into your blender along with a whole banana and 30 grams of porridge oats. Then add in a dollop of Greek yoghurt, a squeeze of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon. You can add in a teaspoon of chia seeds too if you really want this to keep you full until lunch, but the texture can take some getting used to, so feel free to leave them out. Chia seeds do a good job of filling you up as they expand in your stomach, so they can work really well at keeping your stomach full from breakfast until lunch. Finally, top it up with some oat milk to create the perfect porridge on the go. This filling protein shake will keep you going until mid afternoon and slowly release energy all morning, keeping you satisfied for hours.
Going to the gym means you need something to get your body prepared beforehand, and pre-workout drinks are the best way to go. You can easily incorporate your protein powder into it and make it the ideal pre-workout energiser in minutes. Add some scoops of chocolate protein powder, one whole banana, 30g of oats, a teaspoon of flax seeds, and some almond milk. Then to give it an extra kick of energy, add in one shot of coffee and you’ll soon feel prepared for the gym in no time. Make sure you drink this before you head out to exercise, and you’ll be full of slow releasing carbohydrates and protein, allowing you to perform at your best. You’ll find it much easier to exercise with a belly full of goodness, as the oats will slowly release energy and the caffeine will give you that boost of motivation that you need when heading to them gym.
Getting enough protein in will really make a difference to your health, and it’s super easy to do once you start making your own tasty protein shakes. Why not try out some of these recipes and see if you can create your own protein filled drink, complete with other nutritious additions as well. You’ll soon be enjoying your own tasty protein shakes every day, and you’ll be wondering how you ever managed without them!