Protein shakes are great for you, and many taste delicious. They can help your body repair muscle tissue, provide you with energy, and fill you with nutrients.
Here are the top five protein shakes for breakfast, before workout, during snack time, post-work out, and if you just need a little pick-me-up. You are sure to enjoy these shakes no matter what time of the day it is.
1. The Breakfast Shake
Even when you are in a time crunch in the morning, there is no excuse for missing the most important meal of the day – breakfast! For an easy morning breakfast on-the-go, add 12 ounces of orange juice, 2 scoops of protein powder, 1 banana, a ¼ cup of Greek yogurt, and 2 teaspoons of organic vanilla extract to a blender. Then, mix it up for about 30 seconds. The result is a filling, healthy, and creamy shake that will leave you looking forward to breakfast every morning.
Now, if only you could make time for that morning workout as well?
2. Pre-Workout Shake
There are many recipes for pre-workout shakes out there. However, it is vital to choose a shake that consists of both proteins and carbohydrates. This will ensure you have the energy to get through a workout, as well as promote a higher metabolic rate when you step off the treadmill. (Who doesn’t want a body that burns calories while at rest?)
Men’s Health recommends a pre-workout shake consisting of a handful of strawberries, a few slices of mango, 125 mL of orange juice, 2 tablespoons of honey, a banana, a small handful of oats, and 30 grams of whey protein powder. The shake can provide you with energy for your entire workout. An added bonus? It tastes delicious as well!
3. Snack Time Shake
When hunger hits mid-day or if you need something a little sweet to please your taste buds, consider a protein shake with almond milk. Yes, this means you should avoid the office vending machine! Almond milk is great because it is low in calories and has a low glycemic index, meaning that the sugars within almond milk can be fully digested and used as energy. A handful of ice cubes, a scoop of protein powder, and six ounces of your favorite almond milk provides a filling and slightly sweet snack.
Tummy still rumbling? Pair it with a crunchy snack, like celery or carrots with dip. It will feel like you are eating more than you actually are. The biggest benefit is that you are receiving the nutrition you need to get you through the day without ruining dinner.
4. Workout Recovery Shake
You’ve just blasted away the calories at the gym but don’t have time to sit down for a full meal. So now what? Instead of skipping food altogether (which can wreak havoc on your body), opt for a post-workout recovery shake. This can be done by simply planning ahead and adding 2 scoops of protein powder to an empty water bottle. Then, once the workout is over, you can simply add water to the bottle and shake it up.
The protein will immediately work to repair the muscles and provide energy your body needs to function. If you have the time, you may also opt for a more filling option. Mixing pineapple, celery, ginger, water, and protein powder into a blender can refuel the muscles and stop soreness.
5. The “I Would Rather Be By The Beach” Shake
Alcoholic drinks full of empty calories, you have met your match! If you are craving something tropical and fruity (and are imagining yourself on an island beach far, far away), reach for a shake that is not only delicious, but good for you as well. All it takes is mixing 1 cup of frozen pineapple, 1 teaspoon of shredded coconut, ½ cup of frozen blueberries, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 scoop of protein powder in to a blender.
The result is a sweet, satisfying treat that is free from empty calories and full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy energy sources. Yes, you can sing a Jimmy Buffet song if you’d like as you drink it.
Are you craving a protein shake yet? Give one of the following mixes a try. You may be surprised how tasty these healthy and filling options can be.