Twelve Healthy Protein Shakes Recipes

Protein shakes recipes are great when you want liquid nutrition that satisfies.

Protein powders photo via Shutterstock

Protein powders photo via Shutterstock

Drinking the same pre-made drink for your post-workout cravings can be boring and expensive. That’s why you should create your own protein shake. If you aren’t interested in using a protein powder, you can use a scoop of peanut butter, almond butter, or some soy milk. Below, twelve healthy protein shakes recipes to try:

1. Chocoholic Antioxidant Shake with Vanilla Protein Powder

via Wholesomely Homemade

This protein shake is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fiber, and protein. Bonus: It’s all plant-based.

2. Post Work-Out Almond Protein Shake

via Make With Your Hands

An easy-to-make post workout treat, this recipe calls for stevia powder, but if you simply can not take the taste of stevia (like me) try swapping it with agave, honey, real sugar, or use no added sweetener at all.

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3. Oatmeal Raisin “Cookie” Healthy Protein Smoothie Recipe

via Dailyburn

With 27 grams of protein, this deconstructed oatmeal cookie is as delicious as it is nutritious.

4. Healthy Vanilla Almond Shake

via Fit Sugar

Pre workout shakes shouldn’t be too heavy, so this recipes combines almond milk, water, and protein for a quick pick me up.

5. Soy Protein Shake 


This shake is a solid hit of protein that would be good before a morning run or for a replacement breakfast. Adding extra fruit like blueberries will help make it a more substantial meal replacement.

6. Basic Healthy Protein Shake

via Eat Life Whole

This is a good base recipe to play with, and uses hard boiled eggs as the protein source instead of a powder.

7. Key Lime Pie Smoothie

via Fort Mill SC Living 

Here’s a protein-filled meal in a glass: Avocado, almond milk, lime zest, and coconut all mixed together for a vibrant meal to go.

8. Chocolate Breakfast Protein Shake Recipe

via Slender Kitchen

If we’re planning to work hard at the gym, then we should be able to have chocolate for breakfast. The addition of firm tofu keeps this smoothie low in calories and highly satisfying.

9. Healthy Mixed Berry Smoothie 

via The Iron You

A slew of berries, splash pomegranate juice, dash of protein powder (or almond milk), and you have a protein smoothie perfect for a pre-work out shot of energy.

10. Avocado-Banana Smoothie Recipe

via Martha Stewart

Here’s a powder-free option that uses the texture and protein of avocado to make this a delicious and substantial option for a post-work out meal. If you want to cut out even more calories, swap out the honey for agave.

11. Healthy Strawberry-Soy Smoothie


via Cookie

Tofu and soy milk make this fruity treat substantial enough for a meal, but light enough for an afternoon snack before hitting the gym.

12. Peanut Butter Protein Shake

via Women’s Health

This is the protein shake to drink after your work out. Made from mostly protein to keep your muscles happy and at only 200 calories, it keeps your waist happy, too.

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