Delicious smoothies that are packed with protein—and will help pack on the muscle post-workout.
Lindsay Brown 1 / 9
If you’re working out and looking to add muscle, you know that you need to incorporate more protein into your diet. One of the easiest ways to do this is by mixing up a protein-packed smoothie pre- or post-workout.
Here, we give you eight super easy and delicious smoothie recipes that will build muscle and burn fat. These shake recipes call for your standard protein powder but also feature protein-rich foods—like chia seeds, almond milk, and Greek yogurt—to give you the maximum muscle-building boost you need. Get blending!
1) Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jelly Smoothie
½ cup strawberries fresh or frozen
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ medium bananas ripe, frozen (about 2 cups)
¼ cup Greek yogurt, non-fat
1 tablespoon peanut powder
¼ cup milk unsweetened, (almond, cashew, soy, coconut or dairy)
¼ cup ice cubes
1. Make the Strawberry Chia Jam: Puree the strawberries in a blender until smooth, about 15 seconds. If the strawberries are frozen, microwave the berries in a bowl for 2 minutes before blending. Transfer puree to a bowl and mix with 2 tablespoons chia seeds. Stir and then allow to sit for 20 minutes for a slightly thickened jelly, or 1 hour for a thicker jelly. Refrigerate if you are not using right away. This can be made up to 5 days in advance, especially if you like to meal prep.
2. Make the Peanut Butter Smoothie: Rinse the blender and add frozen bananas broken into smaller pieces, yogurt, peanut butter powder, milk, and ice. Puree until smooth, about 60 to 90 seconds. Add the desired amount of strawberry chia jelly and peanut butter smoothie to a glass. Mix and enjoy!
2 cups water (or 1 cup water and 1 cup apple juice)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 scoops (1/2 cup) vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 packet stevia (optional)
Add water to your blender, followed by frozen berries. Top with yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds and stevia (if using) and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until all ingredients are liquefied and smooth.
10 mint leaves OR 1/4 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract
2 tablespoons Cacao nibs
Place all ingredients besides cocoa nibs in a blender and blend on high until ingredients are smooth and well combined. Next, add cacao nibs to the blender and pulse a few times until they slightly break up in the smoothie. Serve immediately.