4 Protein Smoothie Recipes for Any Time of the Day

4 Protein Smoothie Recipes for Any Time of the Day
Do you have a hard time meeting your daily protein goals? Check out these 4 high protein smoothie recipes and find the perfect way to spice things up!

As an avid Muscle & Strength reader, you know that protein is critical for muscle building success.

Without it, your body won’t have the raw materials it needs to rebuild and improve after you hit the gym.

However, if the thought of yet another watery mixture of protein powder makes you want to gag, it’s time for a better solution.

It’s time to start experimenting to ensure that you enjoy your protein shakes again, and continue to provide your body with the macronutrients it needs to progress.

The following recipes will satisfy your taste buds, and have been specially calibrated to give your body an extra boost – depending on the time of day you drink your shake.

All you need is a high-quality protein, a blender, and about five minutes. Now, let’s get to it!

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1. Morning Energy Booster

For many people, getting out of bed in the morning can be rough, which is why a small dose of caffeine is often just what you need. Not only will the caffeine give you the energy to get your day off and running but it can also kick-start your metabolism, helping you to burn fat in the coming hours ahead.

Related: 5 Fast High Protein Breakfast Options For Muscle Gains

This choco-café latte smoothie combines the antioxidant powers of dark chocolate with the delicious taste of creamy vanilla protein along with just enough caffeine to get you moving. Half a banana can be added in for sweetness and to give you a dose of carbs for energy.

Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop vanilla Kaged Muscle Kasein protein
  • 1 cup pre-made coffee
  • 1/2 oz. 90% or higher dark chocolate, melted in the microwave
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

2. Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Halfway through the day, when you feel hunger setting in and you’re approaching that mid-afternoon slump, you need to refuel. A protein smoothie is the perfect choice here – much better than a trip to the office vending machine.

At this point in the day, you’ll want to ensure that you have a balanced mix of protein, healthy fats, and fiber without too many carbs. Overloading on carbs at this point of the day will generally send most people into a "carb coma".

The following smoothie will give you just what you need with a healthy boost. The berries keep your carb count down while ensuring you get plenty of fiber to curb feelings of hunger and provide health promoting antioxidants.

Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop Kaged Muscle Re-Kaged strawberry lemonade whey protein
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

$ protein shakes perfect for any time of the day

3. Post-Workout Repair

You’ve just finished a hard workout in the gym and your body is feeling it. Now, you need to refuel your muscle cells and spark protein synthesis for recovery and growth. What you eat immediately following your workout is going to dictate the nature of the recovery you experience, so you’ll want to ensure that you aren’t falling short.

A protein shake is a good way to provide your body with what it needs, conveniently and quickly. Studies have shown that adding whey protein to this post workout period can help to stimulate greater overall lean body mass gains, which is exactly what you want.

If you consume a protein shake now, you’ll want to focus on one which is lower in fat, and has a high-quality whey protein, as well as fast and slower acting carbs. The fast-acting carbs will spike insulin and get to your muscle tissues quickly for glycogen replenishment while the slower acting carbs will prevent you from feeling a crash before your next meal hits.

Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop Kaged Muscle Re-Kaged orange cream whey protein
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup ground oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Note that you may omit the ice from this one if you prefer a thinner smoothie post-workout.

4. Pre-Bed Sleep E-Z Smoothie

Before you turn in at night, you want to ensure that your body has some fuel that will sustain you through the overnight fast. If you’re not someone who wakes up in the middle of the night for a protein shake, your body is going to be in a fasted state for at least (hopefully!) eight hours.

As such, you’ll want a slow digestion source of protein coupled with enough healthy fats to keep hunger from meddling with your sleep.

Related: 5 Muscle Building Meals To Eat Before You Go To Sleep

The solution? Our coconut cream smoothie. This smoothie is rich in high quality casein protein along with healthy medium chain triglycerides that will keep your blood sugar levels stable, boost your immune system, and may even encourage a better body composition.

Drink this a few minutes before bed and you can rest easy that your body’s nutrition is covered.

Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop vanilla Kaged Muscle Kasein protein
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. dried unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ice cube

Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

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Wrap Up

So there you have a few new muscle-building smoothies to add to your meal plan. No matter what time of day you have your protein shake, you can easily tailor it to meet the needs of your body.

Don’t let boredom get the best of you. Show a little creativity and see what you can come up with to keep your protein intake consistent throughout the day.

references
  1. Kappally, S., Shirwaikar, A., &  Shirwaikar, A. (2015). Coconut oil–A review of potential applications. Hygeia: Journal for Drugs and Medicines, 34-41.
  2. Volek, J.S., Volk, B.M., Gomez, A.L., Kunces, L.J., Kupchak, B.R., Freienreich, D.J., Aristizabal, J.C., … Kraemer, W.J. (2013). Whey protein supplementation during resistance training augments lean body mass. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 32(2), 122-135.