5 Protein Shake Recipes That Deliver On Flavor And Results

Whether you’re the type of person who spends hours in the kitchen perfecting new recipes, or someone who relies on a few go-to’s, optimizing your protein shake recipe should be a top priority. You want to balance flavor with ingredients that help you crush your fitness goals—but that can be an overwhelming endeavor. We know you’re working around the clock and doing what you can to make health and fitness one of your first priorities. The last thing you’re probably thinking about is finding the best protein shakes. 

Well, we’re here to tell you that creating the perfect protein shake recipe is a lot easier than you might think—and it’s a worthy investment of your time. 

It all comes down to two basic questions: 

  1. What are your fitness goals? Are you looking to bulk up, get lean, or lose weight?
  2. What are your dietary restrictions (if any)?

With the answer to those questions guiding you, you’ll be well on your way to perfecting the best protein shake recipe to help you crush your goals.


THE BEST PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPES TO HELP YOU BULK UP 

Looking to build muscle and bulk up? It’s time to hit the kitchen!  Don’t worry, minimal prep work is required. With a few quick ingredients, you’ll be whipping up these protein-packed smoothies before you can even finish your daily read on Men’s Health.

MUSCULAR MANGO

Peaches


Muscular Mango is one of our favorite post-workout protein shake recipes for when you’re craving something refreshing that’ll hit hard on the protein. The recipe calls for adding a whopping 63.5g of protein to your shake—helping you build muscle and stay satiated. 

And don’t forget: consuming protein post-workout helps minimize your recovery time and heal tissue damage so you’re experiencing no downtime in-between workouts.   

Muscular Mango Recipe:

- 1 cup sugar-free apple juice 

- 2 scoops Transformation Protein Powder: 

- 2 tbsp orange juice concentrate: 

- ½ cup coconut yogurt

- ½ cup frozen mango 

- ½ cup frozen pineapple


Nutrition Facts:

- Serving size: 1 smoothie

- Calories: 600

- Fat: 4.3 g

- Carbs: 79.5 g

- Protein: 63.5 g

 

CARAMEL COFFEE

coffee

Caramel Coffee is a great protein shake to fuel your mornings, while giving your caffeine fix in one go. 


Caramel Coffee Recipe:

- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

- 2 scoops Transformation Protein powder

- 1 tbsp instant coffee

- 1 tsp (sugar-free) caramel creamer 


Nutrition Facts:

- Serving size: 1 smoothie

- Recipe yields: 1 serving 

- Calories: 340

- Fat: 6.5 g

- Carbs 25 g

- Protein 51 g 

We know that juggling a demanding career and making sure you’re hitting enough reps can be tough, which is why every choice you make should be strategic. Building muscle is a commitment to your health and it doesn’t come easy if you’re not fueling your body with the right foods, drinking enough water and consuming enough protein. 


BEST PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPES FOR BUILDING LEAN MUSCLE 

We know that while there’s a good chunk of you out there who want to flaunt those bulging biceps, (and please, don’t be shy!), that kind of fitness goal isn’t for everyone. 

With the help of at-home fitness providers, like Peloton, it’s become a lot easier to build that lean muscle you’ve been longing for ever since you first saw Kim K on E! 

Of course, it’s not all about the workout if you can’t fuel your body properly. One way in which you can build lean muscle is by consuming plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in eggs, certain types of fish, or hemp hearts. Omega-3s play an important role in overall muscular health. However, it’s not always convenient to eat these foods post-spin, which is why a healthy protein shake recipe is a fantastic alternative. Plus, post-workout protein shakes help ensure you’re getting the most out of your workout. 

 

PINEAPPLEPOWER

Pineapple PowerPineapple Recipe:

- 1 scoop Transformation Protein powder

- 1 cup pineapple juice

- ½ water

- 1 handful of ice cubes

- 1 frozen banana

- 1 mint leaf


Nutrition Facts:

- Serving size: 1 smoothie

- Protein: 33 g

- Carbs: 65 g

- Calories: 375

 

 

ALMOND ALCHEMYalmonds

This next recipe is one of our favorites. It’s so simple, yet delicious. The flavor profile reminds us of breakfast, so think of this protein shake as a great post-morning-workout option that’s sure to keep you full until lunch.


Almond Alchemy Recipe: 

- 1 scoop Transformation Proteinpowder

- 1 cup almond milk

- 2 tbsp almond butter

- ¼ cup shredded coconut


Nutrition Facts:

- Serving Size: 1 smoothie

- Protein: 40 g

- Carbs: 50 g

- Calories: 650


What we love about these healthy shakes is that they balance protein with great flavor. Because they’re protein-rich (and low on sugar) you’ll be fuller, for longer.

BEST PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

For many of us, it can be a difficult realization when it’s time to shed a few extra pounds. Managing a demanding career, putting family first or simply not being educated on health or fitness can lead us to gain a few extra on the scale than we’d like. One of our favorite ways to balance the struggle is to ensure you’re getting enough protein at breakfast, upwards of 30 grams, that will help boost your metabolism, keep you full for longer and avoid any unnecessary snacking or impulse cravings. 

You may even notice a change in your overall energy levels. So, how about a nutritious protein shake recipe for the most important meal of the day? But not just breakfast, this shake makes the perfect lunch, or after work snack while you’re preparing dinner. Just remember that healthy weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. You need to maintain a consistent schedule of working out and eating right – and starting off your day with a healthy protein shake is a step in the right direction! 

RASPBERRY-BANANArasberries

Raspberry Banana Recipe:

- 1 scoop Transformation Protein powder

- 1 cup frozen raspberries

- 1 frozen ripe banana

- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

- 2 tbsp. chia seeds


Nutritional Facts

-Serving size: 1 smoothie 

-Protein: 30g

-Carbs: 35g

-Calories: 237kcal


We’re not going to lie to you, this recipe is delicious just as it is, but the great thing about it is that it’s so easily modified depending on your preferences. If you like the sounds of the Raspberry-Banana but are looking to cut out some carbs, simply opt for less fruit. 

Play around with the ingredients, customize to your caloric intake and start seeing results!

FINDING THE RIGHT PROTEIN SHAKE

No matter your fitness goals, healthy protein shakes should be a vital part of your routine. Whether the priority is bulking up, gaining lean muscle or weight loss, the quality should not be compromised. Just like you wouldn’t want to waste a tough workout by scarfing down cheeseburgers afterward, the same applies to the ingredients that are in your protein. 

The best protein shakes start with quality and Transformation Protein rises well above the other options on the market. With no artificial sweeteners, flavors or additives, you can feel confident that what you’re putting in your body will only help you achieve your fitness goals. 

Plus, ingredients such as egg-white protein can support lean muscle growth, ease muscle recovery and promote fat metabolism. Want to double down on immunity? Add Super Greens. This blend of nature’s best greens contains high levels of Vitamin C which can greatly impact your total body transformation and a great addition to any of the protein shake recipes. 

Remember, staying active is only part of your fitness journey. No matter your goals, Transformation Protein contains all the essential ingredients you need for post-workout recovery. 

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