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20 Best Protein Shake Recipes To Build Muscle

Whether you’re looking to pack on some muscle or slim down to fit into your favourite jeans again, make these protein shake recipes to complement your protein powder, maximize flavor and boost results.

You’ll find delicious breakfasts and meal-replacement protein smoothies, boosting pre- and post-workout protein shakes, and great-tasting plant-based protein shake recipes to help you power through your days.

BREAKFAST PROTEIN SHAKES & SMOOTHIES

1. Latte Breakfast Shake


coffee protein shakeThis latte-inspired breakfast protein shake contains the perfect blend of protein and carbohydrates to boost your mornings. Add a teaspoon of cacao powder to make a mocha.

Simply blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy for breakfast.


2. Berry-Vanilla Breakfast Smoothie


berry smoothieThis smoothie is packed with antioxidants and the ideal balance of macronutrients to power your morning.

Simply blend and serve.


PRE-WORKOUT SHAKES & SMOOTHIES

3. Peach & Beets Pre-Workout Shake


pre workout smoothieMaximize your performance and boost your results with complementary supplements in your homemade pre-workout shake.

Simply blend all ingredients together until smooth and drink 60-90 minutes before your workout for maximum benefits.

Click for the full recipe.


POST-WORKOUT SHAKES & SMOOTHIES

4. Vanilla-Banana


post workout shakeReduce your recovery time and maximise your gains by adding these other supplements to your post-workout shake.

Simply place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Consume within 1 hour of your workout for maximum benefits.

Check out the full recipe.


5. Strawberries & Cream


strawberries and cream protein smoothieThis creamy iced protein drink is a big hit when the heat of summer has you craving ice cream.

  • 1 scoop Impact Whey Protein (Strawberry Cream Flavor)
  • 150ml milk of choice
  • 30g berries of choice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • Handful ice cubes

Simply add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth. Enjoy.

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6. Choc Chip & Vanilla Ice Cream


chocolate protein shakeAll the flavor of a real milkshake with half the calories and triple the protein – treat yourself today.

Add everything to blender except the chocolate chips and blend until smooth. Add in chocolate chips and pulse blend.

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7. Pumpkin Pie


pumpkin pieCraving pie but don’t want to ruin all the hard work you’ve put into your diet? Get all the gains with the ultimate pumpkin pie protein shake.

Blend together Pumpkin Pie Impact Whey Protein, milk, the Graham cracker if you’re using it, and ice cubes until smooth. Pour into the glass and top with fat-free cool whip and more sugar-free syrup.

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8. Vanilla Ice Cream Frappe


protein frappeThewhey in delicious Vanilla Ice Cream flavor was just made for a creamy frappe after a hard workout, or simply to maintain your protein levels and keep your sweet cravings at bay.

Simply blend all ingredients up in a blender, except the syrup. Drizzle the syrup around the inside of your glass or shaker, then pour the mixture inside.

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9. Peanut Butter Banana


protein-smoothie-bananaA great way to boost your protein intake along with some fast acting carbs and healthy fats.

Blend all ingredients together to make a silky-smooth shake.


10. Chocolate Brownie Bomb


chocolate protein smoothieThis chocolate protein shake recipe will keep you satisfied for hours after your workout.

  • 2 scoops Chocolate Brownie Impact Whey
  • 10 oz. 2% milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • ½ tbsp. Peanut Butter

Simply blend all ingredients using a blender until smooth, and consume straight after your workout for best results.


11. Triple Berry Blast


berry protein-smoothieThis berry protein smoothie packs an antioxidant-packed punch, with a balanced blend of protein and carbohydrates.

Simply blend all ingredients using a blender. Consume straight after your workout for best results.


12. Mint Choc Chip


mint choc chip protein smoothieCraving mint choc chip ice cream? This shake tastes like your favourite dessert – only it’s good for you.

Simply blend all ingredients together and consume straight after your workout for best results.


 

VEGAN PROTEIN SHAKES & SMOOTHIES

13. Vegan Piña Colada Protein Shake


pina colada shakeThis plant-powered coconut and pineapple protein smoothie is the perfect refreshing post-workout treat.

  • 1 scoop Vegan Blend (Pineapple & Coconut flavor)
  • 2ooml coconut water
  • 2.5 oz. frozen banana
  • 1 cup coconut yogurt

Add all the ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth and then serve.

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14. Chocolate Berry Banana


vegan shakeAdding banana and blueberries to your protein smoothie is ideal for glycogen replenishment, while the potassium-rich spinach and banana works to alleviate post-workout muscle soreness.

  • 1 scoop Soy Protein Isolate (Chocolate Smooth flavor)
  • 400ml dairy-free milk
  • 1.5 oz blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful spinach

Blend all the ingredients until smooth and then pour into your shaker and consume. You can have this delicious smoothie at anytime during the day, but for the best results consume post-workout.

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15. Dates & Hazelnuts


vegan smoothieBrimming with vegan-friendly protein and not an ounce of dairy in sight, this high-protein vegan breakfast smoothie makes the perfect make-ahead breakfast.

  • 200ml almond milk or dairy-free milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp. hazelnuts
  • 1 scoop Pea Protein Isolate
  • 1 tsp. Chia Seeds
  • Pinch sea salt

Simply add all ingredients to the blender and process until smooth.

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16. Banoffee Sundae


banoffee smoothieThis delicious sundae is easy to make and even easier to drink thanks to our Toffee FlavDrops. Bananas are also full of energy giving carbs and nutrients like potassium and magnesium.

Blend all ingredients using a blender and serve.


17. Blueberry Banana Swirl


pea protein smoothieThe blueberries in this shake give it a real zing along with vitamin C and dietary fiber. We’ve also used dairy-free milk and yogurt, which you should be able to pick up at your local store.

Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth.


 

BCAA SHAKES & SMOOTHIES

18. Watermelon Mojito Mocktail


bcaa mocktailTry BCAA mocktails for the ultimate good-for-you refreshing drink.

  • 1 scoop Watermelon BCAA
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ¼ mango
  • ½ fresh lime
  • Large handful of crushed ice
  • Dash of soda water

Click for the full recipe.


19. Berry BCAA Slushy


BCAA slushiesNothing says the summertime is here like a fresh, ice-cold slushy. This mocktail is especially nutritious due to its high content of berries – packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Blend all ingredients using a blender until slushy.


20. Watermelon BCAA Slushy


watermelon smoothieThis watermelon slushy is super-refreshing and is great for hydration due to its high water content and abundance of electrolytes.

  • 2 scoops Watermelon BCAA
  • 2 cups frozen watermelon
  • 15 oz. coconut water
  • 1/2 lime (juice)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until slushy.


 

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Jennifer Blow

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Jennifer Blow is our editor and UKVRN Registered Associate Nutritionist – the UK’s register of competent and qualified nutrition professionals. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and a Master of Science by Research in Nutrition, and now specialises in the use of sports supplements for health and fitness, underpinned by evidence-based research. Jennifer has been quoted or mentioned as a nutritionist in major online publications including Vogue, Elle, and Grazia, for her expertise in nutritional science for exercise and healthy living. Her experience spans from working with the NHS on dietary intervention trials, to specific scientific research into omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and also the effect of fast foods on health, which she has presented at the annual Nutrition Society Conference. Jennifer is involved in many continuing professional development events to ensure her practise remains at the highest level. Find out more about Jennifer’s experience here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-blow. In her spare time, Jennifer loves hill walking and cycling, and in her posts you’ll see that she loves proving healthy eating doesn’t mean a lifetime of hunger.


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