chocolate protein powder

It’s no secret that a diet high in healthy, lean protein helps maintain muscle mass and protects the body’s immune system, keeping us stronger and full of energy to tackle life’s demands. In addition to keeping our metabolism high-functioning and our mood stabilized, our hair and nails are primarily comprised of proteins, further emphasizing the power of the macronutrient.

Protein powder, in particular, is an excellent source of protein for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet, or who have trouble sustaining an adequate protein intake. In fact, women who drink protein shakes are more likely to lose weight and gain muscle than women who don’t. The Food and Drug Administration recommends 45 to 50 grams of protein a day for women who adhere to a 2,000- calorie diet, which is a simple goal with the assistance of protein shakes.

There are dozens of brands and types of protein powder on the market. From soy-based to whey, there’s an option for everyone. Deciding which protein powder is best for your lifestyle requires you to consider your budget and dietary restrictions. While whey protein is the most common and affordable, soy, hemp, and vegan blends may better suit your way of life. Many of these recipes include a particular type of powder, but can be substituted with a more suitable type. If you’re invested in the Fitspo life, protein shakes are a must. If you’re just trying to get in shape for an upcoming trip, we’ve got you covered too. Check out these recipes and get motivated to try your own.

 

Dark Peppermint Protein Shake

27 grams of protein

cocoa protein shake

What you’ll need:

1 scoop Designer Whey Gourmet Chocolate Protein Powder

1 large banana

1 cup almond milk of choice

2 tablespoons cocoa powder of choice

1/3 teaspoon peppermint extract

 

How it’s done:

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Add three ice cubes and serve with nonfat whipped topping if desired.

 

Coffee Lovers’ Protein Shake

25 grams of protein

coffee protein shake

What you’ll need:

8 ounces non-dairy milk of choice

1.5 scoops Muscle Milk Protein Powder, Vanilla

1/2 cup black coffee of your choice

1 teaspoon cocoa powder of choice

 

How it’s done:

Brew cup of black coffee. Blend until smooth and toss in ice for a refreshing pick-me-up.

 

Coconut Cream Pie Protein Shake

Protein content varies based on protein powder

coconut protein shake

What you’ll need:

1 frozen banana

3/4 cup coconut water

1 scoop no added sugar vanilla protein powder of choice

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

 

How it’s done:

Blend until smooth with ice. Top with coconut cream and flakes if desired.

 

Strawberry Surprise Protein Shake

24 grams of protein

strawberry protein shake

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup vanilla-flavored almond milk

1/2 cup strawberry flavored Greek yogurt

1 scoop Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

 

How it’s done:

Blend all ingredients and serve with ice. Top with berries of your choice.

 

Matcha Madness Protein Shake

30 + grams of protein

matcha green tea protein shake

What you’ll need:

1 cup sweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon premium Matcha green tea of your choice

1 cup honeydew

1 scoop Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla Protein Powder

 

How it’s done:

Blend all ingredients for up to a minute to be sure Matcha has blended evenly. Serve with ice.