8 Healthy Protein Shake Recipes You’ll Love

By Erica D'Arcangelo,

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Shakes always make a great snack option. Try any of these easy and healthy protein shake recipes before or after a workout, as a meal replacement or to satisfy a late night craving and read these tips on the different options for the type of shake that will work best for you.

Protein Shake Basics

It’s up to you what liquid base you use for your protein shake. Water is obviously a great low calorie option, but if you prefer your shakes a little thicker try almond milk, coconut milk (higher fat content) or rice milk.

vega one protein powderOf course, the protein base you use is optional as well. In many of these recipes, I used Vega’s chocolate pea protein (pictured). In selecting your protein of choice, look for those with less than 4g of sugar (0g sugar = great!) per serving with no artificial sweeteners. I recommend any that are sweetened with stevia, and whey, egg or pea protein are all great options.

Note: If the recipe calls for using a chocolate protein base and you only have vanilla, simply add roughly a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder for a nice, rich chocolate-y flavor.

Super Easy Healthy Protein Shake Recipes

1. Banana Split Protein Shake

banana split protein shake

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8 oz Water

4-6 Ice cubes

1 scoop Chocolate Vega 1 Protein Powder

A handful of organic baby spinach

½ Frozen banana

4-5 Small pieces of fresh pineapple

3-4 Fresh or frozen strawberries


powered peanut butter

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter.

2. Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

8 oz water

4-6 ice cubes

1 scoop Chocolate Vega 1 Protein Powder

A handful of organic baby spinach

1 Tablespoon powdered peanut butter


3. Almond Joy Protein Shake

almond joy protein shake

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6-8 oz liquid base

4 Ice cubes

1 Scoop protein powder

1 Hearty handful of organic baby spinach

2 Handfuls chopped organic kale

1 Tbsp raw almond butter

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 cup shredded coconut

4-6 Drops liquid stevia


chocolate covered strawberry protein shake

Chocolate covered strawberry protein shake.

4. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

8 oz water

4-6 ice cubes

1 scoop Chocolate Vega 1 Protein Powder

A handful of organic baby spinach

3-4 fresh or frozen strawberries

What you get:



peanut butter lovesicle

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5. Peanut Butter Lovesicle Chocolate Banana Protein Shake

(Yes, it’s the name of a band but it’s also a delicious protein shake.)

8 oz water

4-6 ice cubes

1 Scoop Chocolate Vega 1 Protein Powder

1 Tablespoon powdered peanut butter

½ Frozen banana


6. Thin Mint Protein Shake

thin mint protein shake

The thin mint protein shake.

1 Cup almond milk (or liquid of choice)

1 Scoop protein powder

3-4 Ice cubes

1 Handful of each organic kale and spinach (makes it nice and green!)

3 Drops mint extract

1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

3 Drops liquid stevia

(If you’re feelin’ fancy, top with Soyatoo! organic soy-free rice whip–10 cals!–and a dusting of cocoa powder. Sometimes the visual presentation of a shake makes all the difference.


pumpkin pie protein shake

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7. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

1 Cup almond milk

4-6 Ice cubes

1 Scoop vanilla whey protein

2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree (unsweetened)

A dash each of cinnamon and nutmeg

3-4 Drops of liquid stevia (to taste)


8. Bonus: Chocolate Spinach Smoothie

chocolate spinach smoothie

The chocolate spinach smoothie (pre-blend).

8 oz water

4 Ice cubes

2 Handfuls organic baby spinach

1/2 Cup blueberries

1/2 Frozen banana

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder




  Comments: 1

  1. Just tried the Almond Joy Protein Shake and I love it! I try not to mix fruit with my protein, but just protein powder and water gets boring so this was a perfect post-workout smoothie for me 🙂

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