Easy Protein and Fruit Smoothie Shake Recipe

Follow these step-by-step instructions for an easy and delicious protein smoothie shakes that you can make on your own with whey protein shake mix and fruit… and it is much easier and cheaper than making Shakeology or Herbalife shakes!

protein smoothie shakes

Protein shakes are very popular right now. They can be a great meal replacement to help you lose weight, or just help to give you more energy during your workouts.

My friends have been telling me that protein shakes are a great way to help me get in shape… whey protein helps enhance your efforts to build lean muscle mass. So I was ready to give it a try, but when I looked into the options of Shakeology and Herbalife protein shakes they were VERY expensive and I wasn’t interested in getting involved in a “program”.

I wanted to make a protein smoothie shake that was yummy, didn’t cost a lot and was easy to make as a breakfast meal replacement before my workouts.

How I Made the Shakes

The first secret to making your own protein shakes is buying the basic whey protein shake mix that is available at your supermarket. I bought the Giant Supermarket brand that says “Fitness Whey Protein” – the container was only about 8 or 9 dollars and lasts a good 2 weeks.

Admittedly there was a little trial and error getting started with my own protein smoothie shakes. I first bought the chocolate whey protein and it made me want to puke (think yucky Slim Fast pre-mixed shake taste – it also does not mix very well with fruit – just plain YUCK.)

Then I bought the Vanilla flavor whey protein and realized it is the perfect base to mix with any kind of fruit you want.

Here’s how I make my protein and fruit smoothie shakes:

frozen fruit smoothieStep 1: Fill your blender with a handful of ice – about 6-10 cubes (do not overdo it with the ice or it will be too thick)

Step 2: Select your favorite FROZEN fruits to add. Frozen is better because it blends well with the ice, tastes just as good and doesn’t require all the extra prep of cleaning and cutting up fruit.

Step 3: Add one scoop of whey protein mix whey protein shake(preferably vanilla). The whey protein powder gives you about 20g of protein per serving. Note that the recipe calls for 2 scoops when making a smoothie – but 1 scoop is actually a serving. I use 1 scoop because I am adding other ingredients.

Step 4: Add approximately 1 teaspoon of sweetener (or less if you like it a little less sweet). The frozen fruit is unsweetened so it needs a little sweetness. I prefer Truvia because it doesn’t add any extra flavor (or calories!)

yogurt smoothieStep 5: Add Greek yogurt to help give the smoothie a nice creamy base. You can use any kind of yogurt really, but Greek yogurt is a bit thicker and it is also a good source of calcium and protein. I use the low-fat Chobani Greek yogurt to save on calories.

Step 6: Add some skim milk or almond milk. The amount depends on how much you want… about a cup will do it. I usually pour milk into my coolie smoothie blendcup about half way to measure it. In the end I get almost 2 full coolie cups of smoothie once everything is mixed together.

Step 7: Blend well… and then pour. I prefer to use my insulated coolie cup because these smoothies get COLD and it keeps it cool without freezing your hands while drinking it.

(by the way… you don’t need an expensive Vitamix blender… I use a Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi Function Blender that has an awesome pouring spout perfect for smoothies… it also has functions just for smoothies and a cool “wave effect” blending that evenly mixes up everything… and you can get them for about $25 on Amazon!)

The end result is about 2 coolie cups full of the protein and fruit smoothie shake smoothie shake…. and you will drink it ALL because it is so yummy! It is especially refreshing to drink on a hot summer day.

Some of my favorite frozen fruit blends I like are:

  • Peach, strawberry, pineapple and mango
  • Berry medley with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry

fruit smoothie blendThey fruit smoothies are also really good if you do one frozen fruit flavor – like strawberry or peach.

The best part… it is a great way to start the day with a delicious and easy to make breakfast replacement that will leave you feeling full and energized for a morning workout at the gym. Typically I head to the gym, have extra energy to workout, and I’m not hungry until lunch time.

Enjoy your protein smoothie shake!

If you are looking for more Whey Protein Shake Recipe ideas, check out this book – Whey Protein Smoothie Recipes – Improve Health the Whey Way – available on Amazon. It covers the benefits of using whey and a lot of great recipe ideas for shakes.

Got another spin on this recipe? Please share in the comments below!

Pinterest Inspiration

This smoothie recipe is inspired by my Mocktails and Cocktails board on Pinterest.

About the Author: 

Diane is the founder of PinInspired.com, a site to share Pinterest inspirations. She is also the founder of Small Business Marketing Tools, a site devoted to marketing and productivity tools for small businesses, and the author of the small business marketing book PR Tools to Toot Your Own Horn and the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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