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12 Powerful Protein Shake Recipes

Muscle-building Protein Shake Recipes designed to help facilitate strong workouts and reduce recovery time, learn how to make at home.

Protein Shake Recipes

Protein shake recipes have long been used by peak performance athletes as good-tasting nutritional supplements to build muscle and reduce post-workout recovery time. Popularized more recently by celebrity diet successes, protein shakes have become popular weight management tools that facilitate weight-loss and help reduce total fat mass. Also, protein supplementation is necessary for vegetarians and vegans who have chosen to forego animal meat.

This collection of protein shake recipes contains smoothies that are rich in the essential muscle-building macronutrient. It also provides a selection flavorful and varied enough to keep even the most finicky palate from getting bored.

Protein Shake Ingredients

A great many protein-rich foods have been found to indirectly assist with the development of lean muscle tissue and reduction of unwanted body fat. However, the following protein shake ingredients have been shown to directly benefit muscle building and repair:


Almonds, contain large amounts of protein, healthy fats, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E, boosting muscle growth and lowering cholesterol. (1 oz = 6 g protein)

Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories, are loaded with antioxidants, and are high in quality protein with a good balance of essential amino acids. (1 oz = 4.7 g protein)

Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt, offering a much higher protein content than milk, promotes healthy blood, bones, cartilage, hair, muscles, and skin. (1 oz = 3 g protein)

ingredients hemp seeds

Hemp Seeds are incredibly rich in linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), two essential fatty acids. More than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein. (1 oz = 9 g protein)

Rolled Oats
Rolled Oats

Oatmeal is incredibly nutritious, rich in antioxidants, contains a powerful soluble fiber called beta-glucan, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar control, and has lots of protein. (1 oz = 5 g protein)


Peanuts, although actually a legume, peanuts are linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and are a great source of raw protein. (1 oz = 7.3 g protein)


Quinoa, a flowering plant grown as a grain crop, the seeds are rich in protein, B vitamins, and dietary fiber and minerals in unusually high amounts for a grain. (1 oz = 4 g protein)


Walnuts are high in raw protein, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, facilitating muscle growth and a healthy heart. (1 oz = 4 g protein)

Whey Protein Powder
Whey Protein Powder

Whey Protein Powder contains a wide range of quickly absorbed essential amino acids that it can help you increase strength, gain muscle, and lose significant amounts of body fat. (1 oz = 30 g protein)

Equipment Needed

A standard blender is all that is required to make Protein Shakes. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using any one of the many available NutriBullet blenders as they are quick to set up and very easy to clean. 

If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Vitamix blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.

For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.

Our Favorite Protein Shake Recipe

Our favorite protein shake recipe is the Very Berry Super Protein Shake. A Men’s Health magazine favorite as well, it is loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats, phyto-nutrients, and probiotics. Looking for a great-tasting berry flavored nutritional supplement that will help you build muscle and and speed up post-workout recovery, blend up one of these purple smoothies and feel the power. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Very Berry Super Protein Shake Recipe

Very Berry Super Protein Shake

 The Very Berry Super Protein Shake is loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats, phyto-nutrients, and probiotics.  This recipe will show you how to make one.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes



    1. Place baby spinach, mixed berries, vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt, flaxseed, walnuts, and vanilla whey protein powder into a blender and secure the lid.
    2. Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
    3. Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
    4. Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.


  1. If you don’t have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 12gSugar: 49gProtein: 11g

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