Best Whey Protein Shake Recipes for Your Workout Needs

August 10, 2019

Whey protein shakes are my favorite snack and meal replacement. There are many benefits to including whey in your diet. It adds necessary protein, supports muscle growth and strength, and can help you with your weight loss goals. Luckily, there are some beneficial whey protein shake recipes that you can use.

You can consume whey protein shakes in different ways. You can have it as a post-workout recovery, as a snack, or you can have it as a meal replacement. I personally like to use it as a meal replacement once per day. It helps me stay on track with my health and fitness goals!

There are many different shake recipes you can use to vary your daily drink. Over the years, my husband and I have played around with different recipes, and have made a list of the best tasting and most effective ingredients to incorporate into your shake.

What is whey and why is it important?

Healthline defines whey protein as “a mixture of proteins isolated from whey, which is the liquid part of milk that separates during cheese production.”

So whey is essentially a kind of protein that’s found in milk. It goes through a rigorous process to become the delicious whey powder we know and love. It is important for a healthy and balanced diet because of the protein and nutrition it provides. There are so many brands to choose from when buying whey protein. You have to make sure they have the right ingredients, and look out for things like additives!

Fun fact: I actually separated it in one of my nutrition labs in college! It’s quite a process.

The recipes I have added below are the top four protein shakes that my husband and I use as meal replacements, post-workout recovery, and as healthy snacks. I hope you try and enjoy them!

Whey Protein Shake Ideas for a Great Workout - YOUTOHEALTHY

1. Simple Mix

If you’re using your whey as a snack or post-workout shake (between meals), you can simply mix the amount of whey stated on the package with 8-10 ounces of water or almond milk. Always add ice! It makes it taste better, in my opinion.

2. Banana Bomb

This is one of my favorite whey protein shake recipes in the world! I stumbled upon this when I was trying to find a quick meal for busy mornings with my kids.

For this one, the ingredients are as follows:

1 banana

Pinch of cinnamon (or to taste)

8-10 oz almond milk (unsweetened, original)

4 large ice cubes

1-2 scoops of desired whey protein powder (vanilla or chocolate work best)

Take these ingredients, put them in a blender, and blend until you get your desired consistency.

3. Strawberry Whey

This one works best with vanilla whey protein powder. It’s best to have as a snack, not a meal replacement. It’s similar to a strawberry daiquiri!

Recipe is as follows:

1-2 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder

4-5 strawberries (cut off the stem)

4 large ice cubes

Mint leaves to taste

8-10 oz almond milk (unsweetened, original)

Blend together and drink up!

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Gainer

This one is my husband’s favorite!

Much like the banana bomb, this is great for a meal replacement or post-workout shake. Gainer shakes are mainly meant for people who are trying to bulk or build more muscle.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp peanut butter

8-10 oz almond milk (unsweetened, original)

4 large ice cubes

Pinch of cinnamon

1 banana

1-2 scoops of whey protein powder (chocolate flavor)

Final Thoughts

Whey is a wonderful way to add needed nutrients to your diet. It can also help you achieve your health and fitness goals. There are many ways to incorporate it into your diet, but it is best used as a meal replacement or post-workout recovery. Along with these recipe tips, it can become an important and tasty part of your daily life!

More about Sanam Kowalski

Sanam is an avid reader and is passionate about writing. Her interests lie in education and health, as well as nutrition and fitness. Sanam graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Nevada, Reno and is currently getting a certification for Personal Training and Nutrition through The National Academy of Sports Medicine.

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