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23 Best Protein Shake Recipes for Weight Loss

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By Dana Leigh Smith

Everyone loves a good protein shake—and it’s easy to see why: Thanks to their high protein content, they aid rapid weight loss efforts by boosting calorie burn and satiety and preserving lean muscle mass.

They’re also packed with additional essential nutrients that keep your skin, hair, bones and heart healthy. Better yet, there's no prep work or cleanup, and they’re easy to sip on the go. But not just any drink will do. Protein shakes from local gyms and juice shops often carry more added sugar than a dozen donuts and the same holds true for some recipes you’ll find on the web. Sorry to say, slugging those back every day won’t get you any closer to your summer body goal.

To help you stay on track, we searched the web for the most mouth-watering weight loss shake recipes out there. Below, you'll find something to satisfy every craving from refreshingly fruity to a milkshake-inspired dessert. Since we've taken care of finding the nutritional winners, all you have to do is pick a recipe, start up the blender and enjoy.

1
Peanut Butter and
Jelly Protein Smoothie

peanut butter and protein smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 228 calories, 7.5 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 23 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 16 g protein
Protein Source: Soy milk, peanut butter and protein powder

If you’re a big fan of the classic childhood sandwich, you’ve got to give this recipe a try—it’s like sipping a little bit of salty-sweet heaven through a straw. Blending frozen berries with all-natural peanut butter, vanilla protein, rolled oats and soy milk helps create the protein-packed delicious taste—without tons of excess calories. If you’re not a fan of soy milk, feel free to sub in any type of unsweetened milk you prefer. It won’t alter the taste or nutrition profile much.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

2
Spinach Flax
Protein Smoothie

spinach flax protein smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 231 calories, 8 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 23 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 11 f sugar, 19 g protein
Protein Source: Almond milk, spinach, optional protein powder, flax meal, chia seeds

This is the spinach smoothie for people who don’t like spinach—but want to. Thanks to the addition of mango, pineapple and banana, you won't even taste the leafy green—but you’ll still reap all of its health benefits. In fact, this drink serves up 33 percent of the day’s vitamin A—most of which comes from the leaves. The addition of chia seeds and flax provides four grams of satiating fiber so be sure to keep those in the mix if you’re looking to sip as much protein as possible.

Get the recipe from The Blonde Buckeye.

3
Key Lime Pie
Protein Shake

key lime protein shake

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 212 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 17 g carbs, 0.7 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 42 g protein
Protein Source: Fat-free cottage cheese and protein powder

Key Lime pie may taste great, but with ingredients like heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, butter and sugar it's anything but great for your waistline. This shake, on the other hand, is low in sugar and overflowing with 42 grams of muscle-building protein—that’s more than a day’s worth of the nutrient for someone who’s not very active and nearly half of what you’ll need if you’re a religious gym rat. We know the addition of cottage cheese may sound a bit strange, but that’s what gives this drink its satisfying milkshake-esque consistency. If you’re sensitive to dairy, swap in tofu to achieve the same texture. To keep your drink as healthy as possible, nix the pudding mix and xanthan gum—they only add calories and chemicals you don’t need.

Get the recipe from Dashing Dish.

4
Skinny High Protein
Oreo Milkshake

skinny high protein oreo milkshake

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 211 calories, 3.3 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 24 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 19 grams sugar, 19 grams protein
Protein Source: Cottage cheese, skim milk

Fat-free cottage cheese, skim milk, cookies, vanilla and a touch of Stevia team up to create a mouthwatering concoction that only tastes sinful. While it is a bit high in sugar, 13 grams are the naturally occurring variety from the dairy, so it won’t throw your diet off track. Although this drink shouldn’t be your everyday go-to—it does contain Oreos, after all—it’s an excellent alternative whenever a craving for something sweet strikes. Opting for this over a Dairy Queen Oreo Cookie Blizzard of the same size will save you 20 grams of fat and 48 grams of sugar!

Get the recipe from Honey and Figs Kitchen.

5
Sunrise
Smoothie

sunrise smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 209 calories, 1.8 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 42 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 28 g sugar 8 g protein
Protein Source: Greek yogurt

You’ll be whisked away on a mini mental-vacation the second you start sipping this tropical-tasting smoothie. Don’t let the high carb and sugar count scare you off; it’s coming from berries, an orange and banana—all vitamin- and fiber-rich produce that will keep you trim and healthy.

Get the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.

6
Dark Chocolate
Peppermint Shake

dark chocolate peppermint protein smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 153 calories, 3.2 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 grams sugar, 13 grams protein (calculated with unsweetened almond milk)
Protein Source: Protein powder and optional Greek yogurt

This minty sweet shake allows you to enjoy the taste of Chocolate Peppermint Bark no matter what time of year it is—and without all the sugar and fat. It may taste like dessert, but thankfully, it doesn’t have the same waist-expanding effects. Top your drink with a dollop of Greek yogurt to take the presentation and protein count to the next level.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

7
Almond Butter
Protein Smoothie

almond butter protein smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 280 calories, 14 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 39 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 7.5 g protein
Protein Source: Almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds

Made with just four ingredients, this smoothie will take you no time at all to whip up. The almond milk and nut butter provide a solid hit of natural protein while the chia seeds lend a boost of antioxidants and heart-protecting omega-3s. Enjoy this as a healthy breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack. To kick your shake up a notch, add a few shakes of cinnamon. It will not only heighten the drink’s taste, but also zap stubborn belly fat and help stabilize your blood sugar, which can ward off diet-derailing cravings.

Get the recipe from The Roasted Root.

8
Coffee Banana
Protein Smoothie

coffee banana protein smoothie

Serves: 3
Nutrition: 132 calories, 0.9 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 25 g carbs, 3.2 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 5.2 g protein
Protein Source: Greek yogurt, ground flax seed

What do yogurt, bananas and coffee all have in common? They’re all delicious breakfast go-tos that join together to create this energy-boosting protein smoothie. The mix of caffeine, natural sugar and protein is ideal after a tough morning workout. If you’re looking for a bit more protein or a thicker texture, add a bit more yogurt or some 2% milk.

Get the recipe from Cookin' Canuck.

9
Grape and Blueberry
Protein Smoothie

grape and blueberry smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 320 calories, 9 g fat, 1.8 g saturated fat, 6.5 g fiber, 37 g sugar, 9 g protein
Protein Source: Cooked and cooled scrambled eggs, almond milk

If you’re not big into the idea of using nutrition powders—or you’ve simply run of out your go-to—you’ll love this creative recipe. The blogger calls for a scrambled and blended egg in lieu of whey or plant protein, which is a fat-incinerating idea we totally love! The egg’s protein aids muscle recovery and the choline in the yolk fights fat cells to give you that lean look you crave. As an added bonus, the berries and grapes provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin C, which aids trim-down efforts further by warding off cortisol, a pesky stress hormone that triggers the storage of fat.

Get the recipe from The Roasted Root.

10
French Toast
Protein Shake

french toast protein shake

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 235 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 12 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 42 g protein
Protein Source: Fat-free cottage cheese and protein powder

The fresh French toast taste you love with a lot more protein and a fraction of the fat and calories—now that’s something worth waking up for! Though we love the idea of this shake, we’re not so keen on the recommended three to five packets of Stevia. Since the sweetener is so much sweeter than sugar, we suggest starting with two packets and slowly adding more if you think it’s needed. The less you can get away with using, the better.

Get the recipe from Dashing Dish.

11
Berry Oat
Smoothie

berry oat breakfast smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 280 calories, 4.9 g fat (2.3 g sat fat), 3.3 g fiber, 35.9 g sugar, 10.6 g protein

Sometimes you're just not in the mood for oatmeal, no matter how good it is for you. This smoothie blends plenty of antioxidant-rich blueberries with oats to ensure you still get the benefits and stay full all the way through to lunchtime. Just make sure you're using one of our 9 Best Yogurts for Weight Loss in your at-home version.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

12
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Banana Breakfast Shake

chocolate peanut butter banana breakfast shake

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 346 calories, 19.2 g fat (4.2 g sat fat), 7.8 g fiber, 19.9 g sugar, 11.1 g protein

Frozen bananas and peanut butter team up to give this smoothie a rich, milkshake-like consistency that will make you think it's sinful. When you use unsweetened almond milk, though, it's packed with protein without sky-high sugar counts found in other smoothies.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

13
Blueberry Almond
Butter Smoothie

blueberry almond butter smoothie

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 585 calories, 37.8 g fat (4.1 g sat fat), 7.0 g fiber, 26.6 g sugar, 18.6 g protein

If you're looking for meal-replacement smoothie, look no further. This one's overflowing with protein from rich almond butter and antioxidants from frozen blueberries. With over 18 grams of protein and a hefty dose of fiber, cravings won't come crawling back an hour later.

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

14
Raw Chocolate
Smoothie

raw chocolate smoothie

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 437 calories, 19.5 g fat (4.4 g sat fat), 11 g fiber, 34.7 g sugar, 12.4 g protein

Raw cacao is different from that supermarket chocolate in two very important ways: it's packed with powerful antioxidants and boasts a surprisingly high amount of fiber. Paired with a portioned amount of honey, it's as sweet and indulgent as what you're used to, except it's actually good for you.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

15
Raw Banana
Bread Shakes

raw banana bread shakes

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 307 calories, 20.2 g fat (2 g sat fat), 6.9 g fiber, 12.6 g sugar, 9.3 g protein

You'll get all the warm, comforting flavor of the weekend breakfast staple without any of the flour or butter when you pick this smoothie. Plus, walnuts boast healthy omega-3s, protein and fiber to keep you satiated.

Get the recipe from The First Mess.

16
PEACH & OAT
BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

peach breakfast smoothie

Yields 2 servings
Per 1.7 cup serving (calculated with nonfat strawberry greek yogurt and unsweetened almond milk): 263 calories, 3 g fat, 6 g fiber, 26 g sugars, 11 g protein

Frozen peaches, ripe banana, fiber-filled oats, almond milk and protein-packed Greek yogurt deliver a filling breakfast in just three minutes. With 11 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, it’ll stave off the mid-morning hangries.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

17
CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE

carrot cake smoothie

Yields 4 servings
Per 1 cup serving (calculated with nonfat vanilla greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of coconut and 1/2 cup of walnuts): 219 calories, 13 g fat, 4 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 10 g protein

This carrot-cake smoothie is rich in healthy fats: Polyunsaturated fatty acids, like those in walnuts, may increase diet-induced calorie burn and resting metabolic rate. And walnuts have more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut! Bonus: One cup of this smoothie provides a day’s worth of Vitamin A.

Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.

18
Fresh Blueberry

blueberry smoothie

½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ tbsp natural unsalted almond butter
water to blend (optional)

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 232 calories, 6 g fat, 16 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein

See more great recipes in The Zero Belly Cookbook!

19
Peanut Butter Cup

peanut butter smoothie

½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla or chocolate plant-based protein powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
½ frozen banana
½ tbsp natural unsalted peanut butter
water to blend (optional)

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 258 calories, 6 g fat, 21 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 30 g protein

See more great recipes in The Zero Belly Cookbook!

20
Vanilla Chai

vanilla chai smoothie

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup chai tea (brewed from a teabag and chilled)
½ scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
½ frozen banana
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tbsp unsalted natural almond butter
water to blend (optional)

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 219 calorie, 9 g fat, 20 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 17 g protein

See more great recipes in The Zero Belly Cookbook!

21
Green Monster

green monster smoothie

¼ cup no-sugar-added apple juice
¼ cup water
½ scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
½ Bosc pear, chopped
½ cup baby spinach, loosely packed
½ frozen banana
¼ ripe avocado

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 271 calories, 6 g fat, 40 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 15 g protein

See more great recipes in The Zero Belly Cookbook!

22
ORANGE JULIUS
PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

orange julius smoothie

The mall rat’s favorite sugar bomb gets a healthy, protein-rich reboot. Cottage cheese (or Greek yogurt) provides a solid base of protein, and orange zest and juice impart sweetness and antioxidants without a surplus of sugar.

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 130 calories, 2 g fat, 15 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 16 g protein

Get the recipe at Dashing Dish.

23
The Best Weight-Loss
Smoothie Ever

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