While it’s almost impossible to get bored with delicious protein shakes, you can introduce new ingredients to customize the flavor and enhance nutrition. Enjoy a chocolate or vanilla shake as a delicious morning snack or addition to any meal, and add in some simple, healthy and satisfying foods to “shake” up your menu.
Try these 11 tasty twists for your protein shakes:
1. 1 cup of spinach
Add some color to your protein shakes with fiber-rich spinach! One cup of these lovely leafy greens can liven up your shake and add tons of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Spinach is known for its high fiber content to keep you full and improve your digestion.
2. 2 tablespoons of nut butter
Everyone can enjoy a creamy chocolate and (pea)nut butter shake by choosing 2 tablespoons of healthy nut butter, including ones made from almonds, cashews and our favorite, peanuts. These types of nut butters are just as tasty and are also loaded with healthy fats, protein and fiber to support your weight loss.
3. 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt can enhance any shake flavor and also helps to create a thick, milkshake-like consistency. Greek yogurt also provides the body with tons of calcium, protein and probiotics to keep you fit and healthy. Thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt, this power-boosted protein shake will also greatly improve your metabolism and appetite control.
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4. 1 cup of almond milk
Almond milk is a popular alternative to regular milk for those looking for something that falls under the dairy-free category. Upgrade your chocolate or vanilla shake for enhanced flavor as well as additional protein, vitamins and nutrients from tasty, nutritious almond milk.
5. 1/2 cup of fresh berries
Sweeten up your shake with your choice of strawberries, blueberries or raspberries (or a combo), which can be frozen or fresh. You’ll not only add some delicious fresh fruit flavors to your shake, but you’ll also add loads of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and fiber to support your healthy lifestyle and weight loss goals.
6. 1 frozen banana
Frozen bananas are a natural choice to upgrade any shake with increased antioxidants, essential nutrients and vitamins. As a leading source of potassium and fiber, bananas are ideal for your weight loss goals, digestive health and more. Plus, the classic flavor combination of a banana-chocolate shake is just too tempting to pass up! If you’re in your weight loss phase, keep in mind that we recommend limiting fruit due to the high amount of sugar and net carbs. Keep your daily net carb intake limited to 50 grams or less each day by choosing lower sugar fruit options like berries.
7. 1 tablespoon of flaxseed
Even in small amounts that will be almost undetectable in your shake, seeds contain loads of beneficial essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Toss a tablespoon of ground flaxseed in your shake to enjoy a healthy content of unsaturated fat from omega-3s, as well as high amounts of protein and fiber.
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The superfood avocado goes well with just about everything, so there’s no reason not to put one in your shake! Try a new twist on your shake and add an avocado to provide your refreshing beverage with a silky new texture, as well as enhanced flavor and taste. Not to mention, avocados are high in healthy fats, fiber, potassium and many other vitamins and nutrients to support healthy lifestyles.
9. Unsweetened coconut
Whether you want to choose coconut water, oil or milk, coconut is a versatile fruit and superfood you should have in your diet in some form due to its unique content of healthy fats. Create your own vanilla-coconut shake and enjoy a rich, flavorful taste that’s packed with healthy fats to stabilize your blood sugar, reduce your hunger levels and help manage your weight. You can use 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 cup of coconut milk or 1 cup of coconut water to enhance the flavor and nutrition of your shake.
Nutritious whole-grain oats are loaded with fiber, healthy fats and many different vitamins and antioxidants to support your weight loss. Adding a ½ cup of oats to your shake will help you feel fuller, improve digestion and control your blood sugar throughout the day. Change up the texture and taste of your shake with a handful of your favorite flavor of breakfast oats!
Pumpkin is a true superfood and a high source of fiber, potassium and beta-carotene—a powerful antioxidant. You can honor this nutritious, low-calorie fruit year-round by adding some to your protein shake to attain a rich consistency and mild flavor in your creamy treat. Try 1 cup of cubed pumpkin or use one can of unsweetened pumpkin puree to enjoy added weight loss benefits from this vitamin-packed, high-fiber superfood.
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