Summertime might be coming to a close, but with this protein shake recipe you can enjoy a thick, fruity treat all year round! Fruit are some of the best ingredients you can have in a protein shake and this shake is packed with strawberries and peaches…two of my favorite fruits!
I got the inspiration for this recipe from the yummy Bolthouse Farms smoothies that you see at the grocery store. They are so tasty, but also packed full of calories and sugars. This isn’t the healthiest protein shake recipe that I have, but it is world’s better than the fruit juices and smoothies that you see at the grocery store.
I’ll drink this on a Sunday afternoon after a workout or with my breakfast in the morning. The natural sugars in the fruit are a good energy and recovery source and this is definitely one of the tastiest shakes I’ve put together.
Tip: You can buy frozen fruit in most grocery stores that are great for smoothies! It’s not as juicy and fresh as regular fruit, but it can be a little bit more practical if it’s the middle of winter and you aren’t eating fresh fruit every day. I use frozen fruit a lot for my shakes and it helps make them thick and cold as well!
Enjoy a fruit-filled protein shake and take a trip back into summer with this strawberry peach shake!
Protein shakes can often seem tasteless but with the right ingredients, you can make them delicious and pack in a good dose of vitamins as well. Remember, keeping yourself fit and looking after your body is about more than just packing on muscle! Instead of using just the protein powder and milk or water, create the following protein shakes for some extra vitamins and minerals as well.
Recipe 1: Flaxseed Protein Shake
Flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and includes a variety of health benefits. Make a protein shake with ground flaxseed by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed to 12 ounces of unsweetened almond or soy milk, 2 scoops of whey protein, 8 strawberries and 6 ice cubes. Tasty and good for you!
Recipe 2: Fruity Protein Shake
If you work with logging equipment or in another physical job or get your exercise down at the gym, you’ll need a protein shake to give you a boost. You can get this by drinking a fruity protein shake. Combine 12 ounces of orange juice with 1 scoop of whey protein, 1 banana, ¼ cup fruit of your choice and 6 ice cubes.
Recipe 3: Breakfast Protein Shake
Wake up the right way with a breakfast protein shake. This includes the vitamins and nutrients from 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed, 16 ounces of orange juice, ¼ cup Greek yogurt and 1 banana. Combine that with 2 teaspoons of organic vanilla extract and 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder.
Recipe 4: Blueberry Protein Shake
Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants and other vitamins and are great for a protein shake. Combine ½ cup blueberries with 1 scoop protein powder, 1 frozen banana and 1 cup unsweetened almond milk. Because you’re using a frozen banana, you won’t need to add ice though you can if you prefer. You can also add other berries to get more flavor than just blueberries.
Recipe 5: Tropical Protein Shake
Start your day with tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut. Mix in a blender 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 teaspoon coconut milk, and 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder. Add in any other tropical fruits you like to the protein shake or substitute the milk for orange or pineapple juice for a more fruity shake. It’s like a healthy piña colada!
Protein shakes don’t have to be bland and boring. You can make them tasty and gain additional health benefits by combining your mix with some other ingredients like those listed here. Why not try to experiment and have a different variety of protein shake each day? You might find a new favorite.
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Here’s a video of one of my favorite blueberry protein shake recipes. I’m a huge blueberry fan…I can eat dozens and dozens of them, especially after a workout. They are my favorite fruit to use in protein shakes because they blend easily and taste great. Plus you don’t need a whole ton of them to really add a great fruity taste to your recovery shake.
This particular recipe adds in some oats and it tastes just like blueberry oatmeal or a blueberry muffin. Great for breakfast!
Here’s the video: