Last Wednesday, I squeezed in a quick gym workout after work, knowing that I only had about 30 minutes and would have to get right to church for a handbell rehearsal afterwards. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to wait until I got home to eat (even pre-pregnancy Katie could not have waited that long!), I ordered my first-every gym-café protein shake.
Oh. My. Yumminess. It was INCREDIBLE!
I ordered their Peanut Butter Chip, which included PB2, chocolate chips, and protein powder (plus, I asked for a handful of spinach) all for 270 cal and 31g of protein. I don’t know if they just buy better protein than I do, or what, but it was so freakin’ good.
Ever since then, I’ve been back on the protein shake bandwagon. They’re just such a good way to get in your protein, freggies, and even dairy (if you’re a dairy person). I decided to spend a little time re-visiting some of my favorite protein shake concoctions, and scrounging up some new ones to try in the coming days:
- Basic Green Smoothie: 1 banana, 1 apple, 1 handful spinach, vanilla protein powder, 1 C milk or water
- Blueberry Muffin: vanilla protein powder, 1/2 C frozen blueberries, 1/2 C Greek yogurt, 1 C milk, splash of vanilla (I sometimes use 1 Tbsp FF/SF vanilla pudding mix instead)
- Raspberry Truffle: chocolate protein powder, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 C frozen raspberries, 1/3 C Greek yogurt, 1 C milk
New Ones to Try
- Mango Protein Shake
- Blueberry-Pineapple Protein Shake
- Wendy’s Frosty: (No link on Pinterest!) 3/4 cup milk, about 15 ice cubes, 1/2 tsp vanilla 1-2, tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 of a banana
Tips for a Delicious Shake
- I use ice cubes to thicken mine up. At the end of blending, I just throw in a handful and turn it up to high speed.
- You can use whatever milk you like. My favorite is unsweetened vanilla almond milk–more calcium, less calories, and healthy fats.
- Spinach can be added to any shake without changing the flavor (even chocolate-y ones). It might make the color look a little unappealing, but I promise, it will taste the same and add lots of nutrients to boot!
Now I want to hear from you–what is your go-to protein shake recipe?