7 Power-Packed Protein Shakes
Eating healthy isn't always easy, and meal prep can be difficult no matter what your diet is! Often, a quick and easy protein shake is a delicious meal replacement or source of pre-/post-workout fuel. You might think protein shakes have to be lackluster or even unpleasant, but that couldn't be farther from the truth! Protein shakes can be anything from fruity to nutty, spiced and sweet, as demonstrated by these awesome recipes from bloggers we love and from our very own users at Key Ingredient.
This oat & berry protein shake is especially delicious as a hearty breakfast that can keep you fueled well into the day. Added ground flax seeds offer extra fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants on top of all those nutrients from frozen berries, bananas, and rolled oats. What a great way to start your day!
This vanilla chai protein shake from Tastes of Lizzy T takes all the things you love in a chai latte and puts them into this delicious protein shake. Another great option for a breakfast meal replacement, this shake uses vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and other chai spices alongside strong black tea so you can get your caffeine and protein all at the same time. What's more convenient than that?
This peanut butter pumpkin protein shake from Carrie at Carrie Elle is perfect for the fall and winter months! If you crave a protein shake that's a little less sweet, with a slightly savory blend of pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and pumpkin pie spices, this one is definitely a must-try!
Cake batter is a popular protein shake flavor, and it's easy to see why. Flavors of vanilla shine in this shake while cottage cheese and xantham gum help make it thick and creamy without adding empty calories. Top with sprinkles and treat yourself!
This simple strawberry protein shake from Lacey at A Sweet Pea Chef is fresh and delicious and especially perfect for spring and summer. With vanilla almond milk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla protein powder, this shake has and irresistible strawberries and cream flavor that you'll keep coming back to. Great for morning, noon, and night.
This protein shake is such a treat; it tastes just like an oatmeal cookie! With cinnamon, chocolate chips, and of course oats, this shake is rich and creamy and another great way to treat yourself without compromising your health goals.
While we're on a dessert train, this last protein shake from Ashley at Wishes and Dishes has to make an appearance! This peach pie protein shake is made rich and creamy—but not loaded with calories—by adding cottage cheese and milk alongside frozen peaches, cinnamon, and other spices. The result is a low-fat, filling shake that tastes just like peach pie and satisfies all your peachy cravings.
Julie and her daughters Maddie & Kinslee run Tastes of Lizzy T with a focus on healthy, heartfelt, comforting food and the joy of cooking together. They especially love baking cakes and cookies.
Lacey Baier authors A Sweet Pea Chef while also caring for her three kids and developing her photography, fitness, and of course cooking skills. She is particularly enthusiastic about designing No-Fail meals that are quick, healthy, easy, cost-effective, and sure to please the whole family.
Ashley's blog Wishes and Dishes focuses mainly on cooking and baking—a food blog through and through. Ashley wasn't always the "domestic goddess" she is today, and her blog is a great resource for similarly self-taught cooks.
Carrie is the blogger and small business owner behind Carrie Elle. Her blog is an excellent resource for people looking to eat healthy and get organized, with "free printables, meal planning and budgeting help, healthy 21 Day Fix-inspired recipes, kid-friendly content, and family travel destinations and tips."