Whether you’re a bodybuilder trying to bulk up or a regular light jogger maintaining your weight, a protein shake has probably found its way into your kitchen pantry to eventually become a permanent part of your diet.
If your bland store bought protein shake mixes are killing your taste buds (and your wallet), try these all natural protein shake recipes to shake yourself out of the rut…
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CHIA SEEDS AND GREEK YOGURT BANANA FLAVORED SHAKE
Non-fat unflavored Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, with up to 20 grams of per serving. Chia seeds contain a whopping 4 grams of protein per tablespoon, and the banana adds a great creamy consistency to your blend.
Grind the seeds with a quarter cup of raw milk and then add half a cup of the yogurt towards the end with diced banana pieces.
STRAWBERRY AND RICOTTA CHEESE PROTEIN SHAKE
Ricotta cheese is a rich source of protein that many natural protein lovers swear by. Add a handful of frozen strawberries with one cup of ricotta cheese and half a cup of low fat skimmed milk in your blending machine.
You can also add low fat Greek yogurt to the blend to achieve a smoother consistency.
This all natural protein shake recipe can be customized by substituting the strawberry with any other frozen fruits like blueberry, banana cubes or pineapple.
CHOCOLATE FLAVORED LENTIL AND OAT SHAKE
Not exactly the most delicious grains stocked in your pantry, lentils are nonetheless known to be a powerhouse of protein.
Throw a cupful of lentils into your grinder with 1/3 cup of oats and a tablespoon of antioxidant rich unsweetened cocoa powder. Adding 1/3 cup of brown rice will improve the flavor with an added boost of health.
You’ll end up with a ready-to-mix powder that you can whip up on a weekend and store for your busy week ahead to consume with milk.
This shake has a higher carb and fiber content than the conventional store bought shakes, but its easy on your pocket as well as your palate.
HEMP SEED AND ALMOND/PEANUT BUTTER SOY MILK SMOOTHIE
Unflavored soy milk is a great alternative to ready made protein powder mixes because it contains around 8 grams of protein per serving.
Pour one cup of the milk with a scoop of either almond or peanut butter and blend it till the butter mixes well into the milk.
Add a tablespoon of hemp seeds for an additional 5 grams of protein and you’ll have a fantastic post-workout treat in your hands.
ICY COCONUT MILK GELATIN SHAKE
It may sound unappealing at first, but believe us when we say that supplemental gelatin is a great protein source with a whole armory of amino acids.
With 12 grams of protein per tablespoon, its also great for your joints and muscle recovery.
Blend 1 cup of icy coconut milk with 1 tablespoon each of chia seeds and gelatin extract, with a handful of any of your favorite berries for added taste.
A pinch of freshly grated ginger extract will help if you have any stomach troubles.
KALE AND KEFIR CINNAMON PROTEIN SHAKE
Kefir has an established spot in the dairy product Hall of Fame due to its fantastic probiotic as well as nutritional attributes.
Blend half a cup of kefir with half a cup of raw low fat skimmed milk, a cup of kale (you can also use spinach) and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon.
Adding half an avocado to the mix will give you a booster dose of protein.
GOJI BERRIES ALMOND MILK SHAKE
This unassuming little berry is a surprisingly effective source of protein, as you can get almost 16 grams of protein from one cup. Packed with Vitamin C, amino acids, beta carotene and antioxidants, Goji berries are becoming a popular component of many weight loss diets.
Blend a handful of these berries with a cup of low-fat almond milk and a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of nutmeg to taste.
This pleasantly tangy shake will definitely get your mojo goji-ing if you make it a breakfast regular.
All Natural Protein Shakes
Experimenting with all natural protein shake recipes will give your body a variety of nutrients rather than letting it get accustomed to the boring old protein powder you buy in stores. If you’ve tried and loved any of these recipes, let us know in the comments below.