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Shake Up Your Routine With These 5 Great Protein Power Smoothies

Updated on March 26, 2017

Protein shakes and smoothies are an essential part of pre and post work out routines as well as an important assist in weight management but many people get bored because they fall into a habit of making the same flavor blends.

Here are 5 great shakes and smoothies designed to give you a shake up in your usual routine and maybe even add a little extra nutrition and benefits to your workouts.

Awesome Cherry Chocolate Shake

This great tasting shake is a great post workout since cherries have been shown to improve soreness after a workout and when you combine that great flavor with chocolate this is a can't miss!

Blend together:

12 oz of water, milk or yogurt

2 scoops chocolate protein powder

2 cups pitted sweet dark cherries

1 cup spinach

1 tablespoon walnuts

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1 tablespoon cacao nibs or cocoa powder

530 calories; 56g protein; 13g fat; 47g carbs; 9g fiber (based on using water, adjust if using milk or yogurt)

Baked Apple Breakfast Shake

This great apple shake is filled with flavor and the addition of the sesame seeds adds a surprising flavor as well as adds magnesium and selenium as an extra health benefit. This is a great breakfast option but also tastes great anytime.

Blend together:

12 oz water, milk or yogurt

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

1 apples, cored and sliced

1 cup spinach

1 tablespoon almonds

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

cinnamon to taste

ice as needed or desired

510 calories; 57g protein; 15g fat; 36g carbs; 10g fiber

(based on using water, adjust if using milk or yogurt)

Superpowered Superfood Shake

We all know that finding a great tasting beet shake recipe can be tricky at best but this one actually works and is has enough fruit to really make it taste great. The extra benefit of this being filled with dark fruits and vegetables also really boosts your body's ability to recover faster and improved athletic performance.

Blend together:

1/2 cup frozen cherries

8 oz water

1/2 cup chopped raw beets

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

329 calories; 28g protein; 4g fat; 52g carbs; 11g fiber

Double Chocolate & Mint Smoothie

Do you find yourself craving chocolate or those Thin Mint cookies from the Girl Scouts or even worse the mint chocolate shake from a fast food place? Don't worry now you have a great smoothie that will handle those cravings and still keep your health goals on track!

Blend together:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

3/4 cup Silk Almond milk, dark chocolate flavor

1 tablespoon walnuts

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

2 mint leaves

4 ice cubes

1/4 cup water

292 calories; 25g protein; 12g fat; 32g carbs

The Power Green Monster Smoothie

We all know that a green smoothie is important to have in our rotation of drinks but most of them remind you of eating grass. I know I struggle trying to motivate myself to get enough green smoothies but this actually tastes good. The addition of the avocado adds flavor as well as the obvious health benefits and this is easy to make as well. Give this green monster a try and see what you think.

8 - 10 oz water

2 stalks kale (with or without stems)

1 cup grapes

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1 strip lemon rind

1/2 avocado

ice as needed

346 calories; 9g protein; 12g fat; 12 g carbs; 11g fiber

The next time you find yourself feeling unexcited about your next pre or post workout smoothie try mixing things up a little and try adding one of these new flavor profiles and find a new reason to blend. It is also important to remember that you need to get yourself a really good quality blender to accomplish the really tasting results. The same goes for your ingredients, the cleaner and fresher the ingredients the better flavor success you will have as well.

You can also customize these recipes in case you have food allergies or just don't like a certain ingredient. But in the case of food preference I would suggest trying the recipe as written once before you make changes you might be surprised. I found that to be the case for me with walnuts, not my favorite but when blended in I found it really good.

I hope you enjoy these easy and healthy options.


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