A guilty pleasure of mine is Dunkin Donuts White Chocolate Pumpkin lattes and coffees. As if pumpkin spice wasn’t good enough, they found a way to make it tastier and even less healthy for you. I can suck those things down between my pit stop and Dunkin Donuts and the five minute drive to the office. I have a problem.
My solution, as usual, was to come up with a way to have a healthier alternative to the Dunkin Donuts drinks chock full of sugar and fat. This white chocolate pumpkin protein shake has protein and mostly healthy ingredients without sacrificing the taste that I am hopelessly addicted to.
You can even add a few scoops of instant coffee to this protein shake recipe as an optional ingredient! You get your caffeine and chocolate and pumpkin fix all in one. It’s a good way to kickstart your day without slowly killing your body.
I strongly recommend using a white chocolate protein powder for the best taste. You can do it with vanilla whey but it’s just not the same. My personal favorite that I’ve tried is Optimum Nutrition’s White Chocolate whey protein powder. It’s great by itself too!
Just add all of these ingredients into a blender and you are good to go. Depending on how thick you like your shakes, you can tweak the greek yogurt amount and the number of ice cubes you add.
Here’s my favorite green protein shake recipe. I do not like vegetables at all (or fruit too much either) so coming up with creative ways to get all of my nutrients is something that I’ve had to do. This easy green smoothie is what I drink almost every morning as part of my breakfast. It is loaded with protein and antioxidants to help get your day started off on the right foot. Aside from the awesome health benefits, I really feel like the biggest benefits of this shake are mental. It gets my day started off on the perfect note — I’ve had my protein and nutrients and it gives my a healthy and disciplined mindset before I ever step out of the door.
What makes green protein smoothies like this extra special is that they taste great! They might be green but it doesn’t taste like you are eating spinach or lettuce or whatever it may be. The flavor of this shake recipe is wonderful…even for vegetable haters like myself.
Feel free to vary up which greens you put into this smoothie. You can even change up which fruits you want to include as well. Experimentation is key!
If you get in the habit of starting your day with this shake like I do then you have to be at least a little flexible since you may not always have exact amounts of these particular smoothie ingredients.
Fall is here and it’s time to feast on pumpkin everything. October isn’t even over and I’ve had pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte #PSL, pumpkin soup and pumpkin gobs already! Pumpkin is such a unique taste that is a must-have every fall. If you are really into it, you can eat pumpkin whatever year round…but something about fall and a cool crisp in the air just makes pumpkin taste better.
But what about a pumpkin spice protein shake? Is it possible to get them warm, tasty pumpkin flavor as a protein shake?
That was my goal and I came up with a delicious and easy recipe that is packed with protein. No doubt about it….this is the perfect fall protein shake recipe. You can have it as a postworkout protein shake or as a meal replacement. If you are really craving a sugar and fat filled pumpkin spice latte this is a great healthy alternative.
Nothing beats hitting the gym on a cool fall morning and topping off your workout with this shake.
You can play around with the spices a bit and try to find what is the best mixture for you. Some people like their pumpkin very sweet while others prefer it more mild. This protein shake recipe is my attempt at the perfect blend (though I am known to have a sweet tooth).
To simplify things, you could use pumpkin pie spice in place of the separate spices. I don’t have that laying around but I do have cinnamon and nutmeg. Either way works, though the pumpkin pie spice might be a touch tastier it is more expensive and not something most kitchens already have.
As always, play around and let me know your take on this recipe!
8 ounces vanilla almond milk
Handful of ice cubes
If you haven’t had PB2 yet, then you are missing out! It’s one of the best tasting peanut butters I have ever had! I love how I can easily use it for baking, on-the-go and of course….in shakes and smoothies. I’ve been buying the stuff constantly since I first discovered it.
Regular peanut butter is so messy and tough to blend properly into a protein shake. A protein shake with PB2 is the total opposite. It blends up well and has all of the flavor of roasted peanuts — as well as the nutritional value.
I’ve been coming up with different PB2 protein shake recipes for a while and this has long been one of my favorites. It has only a few simple ingredients and there are tons of ways you can customize it to your taste preference or macro nutrient needs.
All I do is add all the ingredients into the blender and then enjoy! You can also get adventurous and use chocolate PB2 instead or try dark chocolate almond milk as well.
Make this one your own and enjoy the easy blending of PB2!
Photo by Nora Kuby
Chocolate covered cherries are great for a romantic gift, but how about a healthy version for after a workout? This shake is best enjoyed with your significant other after you get back from the gym. After all, there’s no better date than sweating it out at the gym together right?! 😀
For the guys out there, this one is simple enough to make that you can surprise your girl after the gym with a delicious chocolate covered cherry protein shake. It’s cheaper and healthier than heading to the gift shop for the real thing.
The best part is you probably have most of the ingredents in your kitchen already except for the frozen cherries. Pick those up and you’re ready to enjoy this anytime!
There are a few different ways you can make this. I prefer to make mine with dark chocolate almond milk from Silk. That is one of my favorite drinks, though, and the combination of regular almond milk with chocolate protein powder does the trick as well. It depends how much chocolate you want.
Feel free to add other things like spinach or some almonds to change up the macros for this delicious chocolate cherry protein shake! One other suggestion is to add a bit of extra dark chocolate for antioxidants.
Love this protein-packed cake batter recipe from Fit2Fat2Fit — one of my favorite recipe vloggers on YouTube! Cake batter is great in everything…cappuccino, ice cream, frosting…but usually it’s terrible for you. I made the mistake of going on a cake batter binge a few years ago and it didn’t end well 😉
Now I just whip up this awesome cake batter protein shake whenever I’m getting a craving and instead I get 30g of protein and only 10g of carbs will killing my cake batter and sugar craving for the day. It’s the best of both world’s and that’s why this is one of my favorite shake recipes ever!
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1 teaspoon sugar-free caramel coffee creamer
1 packet stevia (optional)
1.5-2 cups vanilla almond milk
Several ice cubes
Caramel treats are the best! Nothing beats the sweet, smooth taste of caramel…especially when paired with chocolate. I tried a few new recipes before coming up with this delicious caramel packed treat.
The best part? This caramel protein shake isn’t full of sugar or calories. In fact, it’s one of the lower calorie dessert protein shake recipes that I’ve come up with.
That means you can use it to ease sugar cravings when cutting or trying to lose weight. You can also use it during the summer or on a cheat day if you are following super strict macros.
This works with either vanilla or chocolate protein powder so make it your own!
Super healthy recipe here for a classic mint chocolate protein shake! One of my favorite ice cream flavors reborn as a healthy, nutrient filled protein shake. This comes from Fit2Fat2Fit — one of my favorite fitness vloggers out there. Check it out and follow all the steps for a nutritious and protein packed treat!
Photo by _tar0_
Summer is here and nothing beats the taste of fresh strawberries on a summer afternoon. I post a lot of recipes with strawberries in them and this is another. Strawberries help me get my sugar fix without loading up my body with unnatural sugars and other artificial ingredients in candy or sweets.
Strawberry shortcake used to be something I gorged on in the summers, but instead I make this shake. It tastes a lot like strawberry shortcake but is packed with protein and healthy nutrients.
This is going to be a little higher in calories and sugar because of the vanilla wafers. You can leave those out if you are trying to stay super clean…but then it is more of a strawberry protein shake. 🙂
If anybody has a good, healthier alternative to vanilla wafers leave a comment and I’ll update my recipe!
Gingerbread is usually most popular around the holidays, but why limit such a tasty treat to just a few months out the year when it’s easy to enjoy the snappy taste of gingerbread in the form of a post-workout shake.
I drink this year-round and it’s inspired by my mom’s gingerbread cookies that she makes for me every year. Something about drinking this just brings back so many memories.
Feel free to play around with the ingredients a bit to get the taste right. I like to add 1 packet of Stevia but you may leave it out or add more if you’d like. If you really want a thicker shake, as always, feel free to add a tablespoon of cottage cheese or vanilla greek yogurt.
I know a lot of people enjoy drinking these dessert-like protein shakes in more of a milk shake form. Nothing beats having a gingerbread shake on a summer morning!