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When you add protein shakes to your diet & meal you can easily boost calorie burn and curb hunger cravings without having to eat much at all. Protein helps to keep your heart, skin, hair, bones healthy & body tone. But the pre-packaged protein shakes from the store are often packed with sugar and not so healthy for you. They won’t get you any closer to that summer body you want so badly. To help you stay on track, we searched the web for the best weight loss shakes recipe out there. Below, you’ll find something to satisfy every craving without feeling guilty. Since we’ve taken care of finding the nutritional winners, all you have to do is pick a recipe, start up the blender and enjoy your Protein shake!
SPINACH FLAX PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
This is the spinach Protein smoothie for people who don’t like spinach—but want to eat it anyways. Thanks to the addition of mango, pineapple and banana, you won’t even taste the leafy green—but you’ll still get all of its health benefits. In fact, this drink serves up 33 percent of the day’s vitamin A, most of which comes from the spinach. The addition of chia seeds and flax provides four grams of satiating fiber so be sure to keep those in the mix if you’re looking to sip as much protein as possible.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any kind)
1 large handful of organic baby spinach, washed
¼ cup frozen mango chunks
¼ cup frozen pineapple
½ of a banana (fresh or frozen)
1 Tbsp flax meal (optional)
1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
SKINNY HIGH PROTEIN OREO SHAKE
Fat-free cottage cheese, skim milk, cookies, vanilla and a touch of Stevia team up to create a mouthwatering concoction that only tastes sinful, but is actually very healthy for you. Although the drink shouldn’t be your daily go-to, it’s there for you when you need to cub those cravings for cookies and other sugary goodness. Opting for this over a Dairy Queen Oreo Cookie Blizzard of the same size will save you 20 grams of fat and 48 grams of sugar!
250 grams fat-free cottage cheese (choose the low sodium kind)
1 cup skim milk
3 oreo cookies
1 teaspoon truvia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
You’ll be whisked away on a mini vacation for your mind the second you start sipping this tropical-tasting smoothie. Don’t let the high carb and sugar count scare you off; it’s coming from berries, an orange and banana—all vitamin- and fiber-rich produce that will keep you fresh and healthy.
1 cup organic frozen mixed berries
1 frozen banana
1 orange, peeled and segmented
4 – 6oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt (I used a 5.3oz container of Vanilla Oikos)
ALMOND BUTTER PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Made with just four ingredients, this Protein smoothie will take you no time at all to whip up. The almond milk and nut butter provide a solid hit of natural protein while the chia seeds lend a boost of antioxidants and heart-protecting omega-3s. Enjoy this as a healthy breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack. To kick your shake up a notch, add a few shakes of cinnamon. It will not only heighten the drink’s taste, but also zap stubborn belly fat and help stabilize your blood sugar, which can ward off diet-derailing cravings.
1 large ripe banana peeled and frozen
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
COFFEE & BANANA PROTEIN BURST
Frozen bananas and peanut butter team up to give this smoothie a rich, milkshake-like consistency that will make you think it’s sinful. When you use unsweetened almond milk, though, it’s packed with protein without sky-high sugar counts found in other smoothies.
1 cup chilled Seattle’s Best brewed coffee
1½ bananas, cut into chunks
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tsp honey or agave nectar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
6 ice cubes
BLUEBERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
If you’re not big into the idea of using nutrition powders—or you’ve simply run of out your go-to—you’ll love this creative recipe. The blogger calls for a scrambled and blended egg in lieu of whey or plant protein, which is a fat-incinerating idea we totally love!
1 egg beaten, scrambled, and cooled
1 ripe banana peeled and frozen
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup frozen red grapes
3 large ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 ground cinnamon
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