Real talk: Drinking a shaker bottle full of protein powder and milk or water gets old fast. Luckily, this boring blend is not the only way to slurp back 20-plus grams of protein daily. These five creative (and flavor-packed) protein shakes are guaranteed to keep your breakfast or post-workout game both delicious and muscle-boosting.
5 (Actually Tasty) Protein Shake Recipes
1. Wild Cherry Protein Shake
This colorful shake by Being Brigid's Brigid Titdgemeier, MS, RD, LDN, gets its protein from grass-fed whey, which packs about 23 grams of protein per scoop. Also made with nut milk, chia seeds, nut butter, cabbage, this blend provides plenty of healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients. Plus, the tart cherries provide sweet-tart flavor and healthy carbs.
Serve in your favorite tall mason jar and enjoy!
2. Peach, Banana, Honey, & Cottage Cheese Shake
This shake by Rachel Gurk of Rachel Cooks gets its protein not from a powder, but a secret ingredient: cottage cheese. Packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin B12, cottage cheese adds a creaminess you won’t get from protein powder.
Throw peach, banana, and honey into the mix and you've got a sweet, summery way to fuel up.
3. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Shake
For something more fall-flavored, whip up this smoothie from Deryn Macey of Running on Real Food.
This recipe offers a solid hit of Vitamin A (100 percent of your daily value, to be exact) from pumpkin puree and warming spice from cinnamon and ginger. Powdered peanut butter and plant-based vanilla protein powder ramp up the protein—and add rich flavor.
Want more nut butter? Check out these 3 Post-Workout Nut Butter Smoothie Recipes!
4. Chocolate Mint Protein Shake
Who says your post-gym protein shakes can’t taste like Girl Scout cookies? This shake from Rebecca Cooper of Simple as That gets its green hue from baby spinach and avocado (which also boosts the creamy factor). Greek yogurt and chocolate protein powder, meanwhile, ramp up the protein. Infused with peppermint extract, it's a sweet and minty treat you can feel good about sipping on.
5. Apple Pie Protein Shake
This post-workout smoothie from Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl offers the comforts of homemade apple pie without a shred of the guilt. While vanilla protein powder and Greek yogurt provide plenty of protein, apples, oats, and flaxseed add fiber so you feel well-fueled and satisfied. Plus, the cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove bring in all the cozy feels.