Whether you're eating to bulk up or slim down, your diet probably includes a protein shake or two...or 10. Blend in some game-changing ingredients to boost your results—and make shake time the most decadent part of your day.

Before you dive into the individual recipes, bear in the mind that Bodybuilding.com offers a vast array of protein powders to help you whip up healthy concoctions such as these. Once you’ve zeroed in on the type of protein you need (whey vs. casein, plant vs. egg, etc.), the reader reviews are a great way to find which products your peers like best.

Breakfast Time

Get your blended coffee or pastry fix with a lot less damage. These yummy, breakfast-inspired protein shakes are perfect when you need a sweet treat. The oatmeal in many of them provides healthy, complex carbs and great texture.

Vanilla Coffee Shake

Replace your sugar-filled blended drink from the coffee shop with this healthier, protein-packed version.

vanilla coffe protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup low-fat, coffee-flavored ice cream
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Soy Almond Shake

This protein shake can be made vegan by using plant protein powder and skipping the Greek yogurt.

soy almond protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp sugar-free maple syrup
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 tbsp low-fat Greek yogurt (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Quick Start Shake

Shake up your breakfast with vitamin C and a bright flavor from fresh oranges.

protein shake quick start
Ingredients
  • Juice from 3 fresh oranges (not canned or bottled)
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 scoop protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Oatmeal Shake

Now you can drink your oatmeal—because who has time for chewing in the morning?

oatmeal protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup sugar-free maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 1-1/2 cups water or low-fat milk
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Peppermint Oatmeal Shake

Yes, you can have a chocolate mint milkshake for breakfast. No guilt, no apologies.

peppermint oatmeal protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup sugar-free vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Mineral Power Shake

Power up your protein shake with liquid minerals and flaxseed.

mineral powder protein shake

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 serving liquid minerals
  • 1 packet gelatin powder
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Iced Breakfast Shake

Make your Instant Breakfast go further by blending it with extra goodies.

iced breakfast protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tsp safflower oil
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 package Instant Breakfast
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Cinnamon Roll Shake

All the flavor of your favorite breakfast pastry, without the 10 a.m. sugar crash.

cinnamon roll protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter-flavor extract
  • 1 cup water (or low-fat milk)
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Almond Blast Shake

This hearty protein shake will take you through whatever your morning throws at you.

almond blast protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 12 slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Banana Almond Cream Shake

Meet your macros with this creamy and crunchy mix of banana, almonds, and protein powder.

banana almond cream protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Banana Bread Shake

Bran flakes and oatmeal provide slow-digesting complex carbs for sustained energy all morning long.

banana bread protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup bran flakes
  • 2 cups water
  • Sweetener to taste
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Berry Protein Smoothies

Ditch the sugary smoothies for one of these protein-packed berry shakes. Strawberries and blueberries offer a good dose of vitamins A, K, and B complex. They're also full of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Wild Berry Shake

The berries in this recipe pack a lot of fiber to keep you full longer than a simple protein powder shake.

wild berry protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 8 raspberries
  • 4 strawberries
  • 15 blueberries
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Strawberry Savior Shake

Frozen strawberries minimize prep time and maximize nutrients in the most indulgent way to take your creatine.

strawberry savior protein shake
Ingredients
  • 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop creatine
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Strawberry Energy Shake

This triple hitter of protein, fiber, and healthy fats will keep you deliciously full for hours.

strawberry energy protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 10 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Strawberry Vanilla Shake

This simple shake is easy to throw together when you're in a hurry, and super nutritious due to the fresh fruit.

strawberry vanilla protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2-3 frozen strawberries
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Strawberry Nut Shake

Macadamia nuts add healthy fat and rich flavor to this strawberry protein shake.

strawberry nut protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup fat-free strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 4 strawberries
  • 6 chopped macadamia nuts
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

Low-fat sour cream is the secret ingredient that gives this shake its cheesecake tartness.

strawberry cheesecake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • 4 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • 1 scoop vanilla or strawberry protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Double Berry Shake

Are you team strawberry or team blueberry? Why choose?

double berry protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 handful ice
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Blueberry Dream Shake

Make this shake with vanilla protein powder for an extra creamy-dreamy treat.

blueberry dream protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp flaxseed oil
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Berries & Cream Shake

Pineapple juice wakes up this protein shake and makes it extra quenching post-workout.

berries and cream shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
  • 6 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 cup mixed berries
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Berry Good Shake

This shake hits all the berry bases with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberry yogurt.

berry good protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops of raspberry yogurt
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 4 strawberries
  • 15 blueberries
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Shakes

If the craving for chocolate overwhelms you, reach for the blender instead of the candy jar.

Whichever recipe you choose, you'll be able to satisfy that sweet tooth without compromising your cuts!

Peanut Butter Cup Shake

You don't have to give up dessert when you're chasing gains—just do it right.

peanut butter cup protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 pasteurized egg white
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2-1/2 scoops chocolate protein
  • 1 scoop creatine
  • 1/8 cup sugar-free hazelnut creamer
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Peanut Butter Banana Shake

Feel like a kid again with the classic combo of peanut butter and banana.

peanut butter banana protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein
  • 1/2 cup almond flakes
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake

The most simple and sinless way to get your peanut butter and chocolate fix is right here.

peanut butter chocolate protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Peanut Brittle Shake

Instant pudding makes this protein shake extra rich and creamy.

peanut brittle protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup cold water or low-fat milk
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Chocolate Lovers' Shake

Chocolate on chocolate? Yes, please.

chocolate lovers protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp pure cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tsp flaxseed oil
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Chocolate Coffee Shake

There's nothing better than an iced mocha—except one that will help you get swole.

chocolate coffee protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Chocolate Almond Shake

This kicked-up protein shake tastes like a candy bar in a glass, minus the empty calories.

chocolate almond protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 15 raw almonds
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Caramel Hazelnut Shake

Creamer isn't just for coffee—it's a game changer for your protein shakes.

caramel hazelnut protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 tbsp fat-free Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut coffee creamer
  • 1/8 cup sugar-free caramel cream topping
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Bad Girl Shake

Go ahead and blend cookies into your protein shake. We won't tell.

bad girl protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 4-8 Thin Mint cookies
  • 1 handful ice
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Tropical Protein Smoothies

These tropical smoothie recipes will bring some fruity goodness into your high-protein meal plan. Blend one up and pretend you're lying on a beach somewhere warm. Your mind and body will thank you.

Experiment with whatever fruit you have available. If you're a mango fanatic or love kiwis, throw them in the blender.

Tropical Punch Protein Shake

Sip on a burst of color anytime with coconut cream, blackberries, vanilla, mangoes, and orange juice to tantalize your senses.

tropical punch protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 cup silk coconut milk
  • 1 handful of ice
Directions
  • See Recipe

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Vita-Plum Shake

Absolutely the most fun way to take your multivitamin.

vita plum protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ripe plum, pitted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp multi-vitamin powder
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Tropical Treat Shake

Creamy and tangy, this recipe will shake you out of your protein-shake rut.

tropical treat protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 2 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Tropical Pleasure Shake

Bonus points if you drink this island-influenced shake out of a coconut shell.

tropical pleasure protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pineapple extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Super Peach Shake

Take advantage of the flavors of summer with a fresh, juicy peach protein shake.

super peach shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 ripe peach (peeled)
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop protein
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Plum Lemon Shake

Put a new spin on your protein shake with fresh fruit.

plum lemon protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ripe plum, pitted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Pineapple Power Shake

Everything great about a daiquiri, without the hangover.

pineapple power protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Personalized Protein Shake

Experiment with every kind of fruit in the store until you find your favorite signature recipe.

personalized protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups nonfat cottage cheese
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (or your favorite fruit)
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Peaches and Cream Shake

The fiber from the peach makes this smoothie extra filling.

peaches and cream protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe peach, pitted
  • 2 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Orange and Cream Shake

This simple shake has protein, carbs, and electrolytes, making it perfect for refueling after the gym.

orange and cream protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle orange sports drink
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Nada Colada Shake

Whip these up for your fit friends and you won't miss the alcohol.

nada colada protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup pineapple-orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract (or 2 tbsp shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup water (or low-fat milk)
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Honey Banana Shake

Spirulina may look weird, but don't knock this superfood till you try it.

honey banana protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp spirulina
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Banana Delight Shake

Flaxseed oil gives you extra energy, fills you up, and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

banana delight protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 2 tsp flaxseed oil
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Breakfast of Champions

Try this breakfast smoothie of champions for a quick fix packed with health-boosting ingredients.

breakfast of champions protein shake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of skim milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tbs chopped almonds
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Mass-Builder Protein Shakes

If you're trying to gain weight, eating enough whole food to meet your caloric needs can be dang near impossible. That's when protein shakes can be really helpful. These muscle-building recipes are full of calories and protein so you can grow!

To make these shakes even more calorie-dense, try a mass-gainer protein powder. You'll get more carbohydrates and fat (and therefore more calories) than you would using a whey isolate. Lift big and eat bigger!

Creatine Catalyst Shake

Pro tip: Use a high-powered blender when you use crunchy ingredients like apples.

creatine catalyst protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 scoop creatine powder
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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The Hulk Shake

Maximize your gains and make your gym bros green with envy with this incredible protein shake.

hulk protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar-free pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold water or low-fat milk
  • 1 handful ice
  • 2 drops peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1 drop green food coloring (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Mass Gainer Shake

This almond shake is a quick way to down a whole lot of healthy calories, fast.

mass gainer protein shake
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 large frozen banana
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Peanut Butter Gainer Shake

Egg whites make this shake extra rich and frothy.

peanut butter gainer protein shake
Ingredients
  • 3 scoops protein powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 handful ice
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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Egg-cellent Shake

Try adding a little nutmeg to this decadently custard-like shake, and enjoy bulking season.

egg protein shake
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 scoops protein powder
Directions
  • Blend and Enjoy

Serving size: 1 shake

Recipe yields 1 serving

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