Revamp Your Weight Loss Journey with These 15 Delicious Protein Shake Recipes

If your goal is to lose weight in a safe and healthy way, protein shakes can help you get there. However, they often have a reputation for being boring—just protein powder, ice, and milk, right? But with the right recipes, your weight-loss protein shakes can be so delicious that you’ll want to drink them every day.

So, how exactly can protein shakes help you meet your weight loss goals? It mainly comes down to the benefits of protein itself. According to Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, “Protein helps you to feel full, so you can feel satisfied and stop eating, and it also helps to preserve lean muscle, which correlates to your metabolism (the faster your metabolism, the faster you burn calories).”

For many people, getting enough protein throughout the day can be challenging. This is where protein shakes come in handy. They are convenient, easy to sip on the go, and allow you to control how much protein you’re getting in one serving. You can buy ready-made protein shakes from the store or make your own at home using high-protein ingredients like Greek yogurt (10 grams), protein powder (20-25 grams), milk and soy milk (8 grams), and nut butter (7 grams).

If you decide to make your own protein shakes, Young suggests “using colorful fruits and vegetables, which are low in calories and rich in antioxidants; going easy on nuts, seeds, and avocado because a little fat goes a long way; and limiting added sugars when you can.”

For inspiration on the tastiest protein shakes to lose weight, check out these 15 deliciously easy recipes. Then, check out The 16 Healthiest Low-Sugar Protein Bars, According to Dietitians.

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

This one is for the Nutella lovers. Made with hazelnut chocolate milk, banana, frozen cauliflower rice (for creamy texture), and protein powder, this protein-rich drink is a sweet treat that avoids added sugars and comes packed with plenty of nutrients. Your sweet cravings will feel satisfied, and you’ll stay full until your next meal with this chocolate hazelnut beverage.

Get our recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie.

Paleo Iced Coffee Protein Shake

Iced coffee protein

Protein can certainly leave you feeling full, satisfied, and energized, but what is even better when it comes to giving your body a boost of energy? The combination of both protein and caffeine. In this Iced Coffee Protein Shake, you’ll get a caffeine surge for instant energy and the staying power of protein to sustain you throughout the rest of the afternoon. This shake is also Paleo-friendly, which works for those following the Paleo diet.

Get our recipe for Iced Coffee Protein Shake.

Meal-Replacement Paleo Protein Shake

paleo blueberry meal replacement shake with blueberries on top in glass

You can sometimes use protein shakes as meal replacements, as long as they have enough protein and calories, as well as other helpful nutrients like fat and fiber to balance it out. This meal-replacement protein shake recipe uses protein powder, banana, coconut yogurt, almond milk, berries, spinach, and chia seeds, so you’re getting a well-balanced beverage in every glass. This recipe is also Paleo-friendly, but if you’re not following a Paleo eating plan and can consume dairy, you can switch out the coconut yogurt and almond milk for dairy products for even more protein.

Get our recipe for Meal-Replacement Shake.

Green Keto Shake

keto avocado blueberry hemp seed shake

So this one technically isn’t called a “protein shake” because the recipe doesn’t call for protein powder. Still, it made our list because with protein powder added, it becomes a well-rounded drink full of fiber, healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants. And if you’re following a Keto diet, this shake can meet your higher-fat, lower-carb needs. However, we recommend you talk with a doctor or dietitian before starting a Keto eating plan.

Get our recipe for Green Keto Shake.

Tahini Chocolate Shake

paleo tahini chocolate shake in glass with spoon

You’ve heard of using avocado or yogurt for extra creaminess in your shakes, but what about tahini? This condiment has a nutty, earthy flavor and adds a dose of creaminess to your favorite protein drink. This recipe doesn’t call for protein powder, but you can always add in your favorite scoop for a chocolatey protein boost. This recipe is also low in sugar, using only dates to sweeten it.

Get our recipe for Tahini Chocolate Shake.

Kefir Smoothie

the kefir cookbook banana date hemp kefir smoothie

Kefir is a fermented drink that provides probiotics, vitamins, and protein. This Kefir recipe is unique on our list in that it provides enough protein from the kefir alone (about 12 grams) and doesn’t need protein powder added. Those who are watching their sugar intake will appreciate that the sweetness in this drink comes only from dates.

Get our recipe for Kefir Smoothie.

Berry Cauliflower Smoothie

berry cauliflower smoothie

One of the best ingredients you can add to any protein shake or smoothie for a super-creamy texture is frozen cauliflower. With blueberries, chia seeds, peanut butter, and vanilla protein powder, all added in with some frozen cauliflower florets, you’ll have a protein-heavy drink that also includes healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

Get this recipe for Berry Cauliflower Smoothie via Tone It Up.

Strawberry Chia Seed Protein Shake

person holding a strawberry shake in a glass

The best type of protein shake you can make is one that not only packs in the protein but also offers other healthy ingredients that can give your body a boost of different nutrients. This protein drink from Ambitious Kitchen meets the mark because it combines protein powder, almond milk, strawberries, and chia seeds. Chia seeds are a surprisingly nutritious powerhouse, offering up healthy fats, fiber, and protein—all of which can help keep you full until your next meal.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Pumpkin Protein Shake

person holding a pumpkin protein shake in a glass

Don’t wait until the fall season to enjoy this Pumpkin Protein Shake. Made with protein powder, cashew butter, banana, almond milk, and pumpkin puree, it provides a huge boost of protein and plenty of fiber from the pureed pumpkin. Fiber is a nutrient that can help increase satiety and keep you full longer, so including fiber-rich ingredients in your protein shakes can increase the staying power even more—the perfect component for a weight loss shake.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

Vegan Protein Shake

two smoothie glasses with berries on top and a straw

A lot of protein shakes use animal products like whey protein and dairy milk, but it’s just as easy and effective to make a vegan protein shake like this one from Eating Bird Food. Using plant-based vanilla protein powder, almond milk, spinach, mixed berries, almond butter, and chia seeds, this shake does more than just give you a protein boost. With the spinach and mixed berries, you’re also getting fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and plenty of other helpful nutrients that can improve your overall health.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

Honey and Spiced Walnut Shake

protein shake on an orange table cloth

This Walnut and Honey Spiced Shake from Minimalist Baker is the perfect choice for a super creamy, super indulgent protein shake that still gives your body a big boost of nutrients. It blends cottage cheese, protein powder, walnuts, cardamom, and vanilla, which yields a flavorful, protein-rich treat you’ll want to eat anytime throughout the day.

Cottage cheese may sound strange as a smoothie or shake ingredient, but this low-fat, high-protein cheese provides a creamy texture and 12 grams of protein per 1/2 cup.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Chocolate Protein Shake

Chocolate protein shake

You usually can’t go wrong with “chocolate” in the name, and this protein shake recipe uses chocolate wherever it can. This combination of almond milk, almond butter, banana, chocolate protein powder, and cocoa powder will instantly satisfy your sweet cravings but will keep you feeling full for hours.

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

Blueberry Maple Protein Shake

blueberry maple protein shake

Some people may think of protein shakes as just protein powder, milk, and ice. Still, as you can see from our list, protein shake recipes can include other flavorful, nutritious ingredients like fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners. This recipe from Minimalist Baker is a great example, using blueberries, yogurt (or cottage cheese), maple extract, and the protein powder of your choice to deliver a burst of flavor and staying power.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Strawberry Protein Shake

Strawberry protein shake

Take a handful of frozen strawberries, some protein powder, Greek yogurt, and graham crackers, and you’ll have yourself a protein shake that looks, tastes, and feels like a McDonald’s strawberry milkshake—minus the crazy amounts of added sugar.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

Healthy Banana Protein Shake

Banana protein shake

This banana protein shake from Fit Foodie Finds uses a tried-and-true combination of yogurt, frozen banana, vanilla, milk, and protein powder for a shake you can indulge in. To level up even more in your indulgence, add a drizzle of peanut butter and whipped coconut cream.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

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