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28 Healthy Protein Shakes – Plant Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workout

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Healthy protein shakes are my go-to pre and post workout fuel. They are super easy to make and keep me full for the day ahead. I know a lot of people like the protein powder mixed into water, yet those are often full of additives. My homemade protein shakes contain 100% real food, plant based ingredients.

Fuel up on plants AND energy with these recipes.

Table of Contents
  1. Healthy Protein Shakes
  2. Plant Based Protein Shakes
  3. Nut Free Shakes
  4. Naturally Caffeinated Protein Shakes

Healthy Protein Shakes

I’ve broken this list up into 3 categories, homemade smoothies that contain nuts, ones without nuts and ones with natural caffeine. Choose the list the fits your needs then blend the shake you need in your life today. I can’t wait for you to try these!

Plant Based Protein Shakes

You don’t need to ‘pack in’ the protein just to get a protein boost. The following recipes are completely plants AND give you a great boost of protein pre or post workout, or to fuel your day. Give one a blend and enjoy the healthiest fast food out there!

Epic Almond Smoothie

Start your morning with a protein fueled breakfast all wrapped up in a perfectly sweet smoothie. This almond smoothie is delicious and an easy on-the-go beverage for a busy day.

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Vanilla Protein Shake

This plant-based Vanilla Protein Shake is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I love how creamy, sweet and nourishing it isโ€” and it makes a great post workout recovery smoothie or meal replacement.ย 

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Easy Flaxseed Smoothie

This is a protein-packed, filling smoothie recipe that’s perfect for a quick lunch or post workout pick-me-up. Easily omit the date if you wanna cut back on the natural sugar.

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flaxseed smoothie
Meal Replacement Smoothie

Healthy fats and proteins are the way to go if you want to power up with a meal replacement smoothie. This combo of almond butter and rolled oats is a must to keep you feeling full and fuel you ’til your next meal.

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blueberries on a smoothie for a meal
Almond Butter Smoothie

This protein packed recipe is perfectly balanced with the natural sweetness in fruit, making i my favorite almond butter smoothie.

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Creamy Banana Smoothie

Blend your way into a great day with this sweet n’ creamy banana smoothie. It’s got protein that will keep you full, and simple ingredients for natural energy.

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PCOS Smoothie Recipe

Fertility and food come together in this creamy smoothie creation. Loaded with foods that can fuel your body, this PCOS smoothie is a great way to start the day.ย 

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Caramel Protein Shake

Plant powered protein for the win in this decadent caramel protein shake. Completely satisfying and healthy, take your next snack or dessert up a notch with this chickpea + Medjool date combo.ย 

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Healthy caramel protein shake
Creamy and Thick Smoothie Bowl

The secret ingredient in this creamy and thick smoothie bowl is frozen cauliflower. It makes the smoothie super creamy, and you can’t even taste it! Not that I don’t like cauliflower, I just know it can be a scary smoothie ingredient until you give it a try.

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Healthy green smoothie bowl with toppings
Cinnamon Date Smoothie

I can’t wait for you to try this crowd pleasing Cinnamon Date Smoothie. It’s perfectly sweet and creamy, and will delight at your next party or family movie night. The dates naturally sweeten this cinnamon smoothie, while the rolled oats thicken it to a milkshake consistency.

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Sleep Well Smoothie

Not sure how to sleep well naturally? I’ve got you covered with this healthy, calming green smoothie that is loaded with nutrients to help keep your tummy from rumbling in the night.

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Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

This morning drink is a tasty, zingy pineapple ginger smoothie, reminiscent of a gingersnap cookie but with major health benefits to power you through your whole day.

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Nut Free Shakes

If nuts are a no for you then it might be hard finding a healthy plant based protein option. Here is a list of recipes without nuts yet still loaded with protein. Also, if one of the above recipes is enticing yet has nuts then feel free to swap out nuts/nut butters for the seeds/seed butter of your choice, and the nut milks for oat/rice/soy/hemp milk.

Post Workout Smoothie

This post workout smoothie has a good amount of plant protein, healthy carbs, and liquid for rehydration. This green smoothie hits all of those requirements as long as you include those chia seeds. We also highly recommend using coconut water (โ€œnatureโ€™s gatoradeโ€), but you can get by with regular h2o. Go ahead and enjoy this smoothieโ€ฆ youโ€™ve earned it!

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Workout smoothie with antioxidants and superfoods
Brain Food Smoothie

This brain food smoothie has everything you need to get you going in the morningโ€” protein, healthy fats, and replenishing electrolytes. Adding avocado to smoothies gives you a lovely dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are vital for brain development and nerve function. Not only that, but the avocado also assists the body in absorbing nutrients from the greens.

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bright green smoothie full of the best brain food
Vanilla Bean Yogurt Smoothie

Whip up this super simple, super delicious vanilla bean yogurt smoothie made with just four ingredients. Switch up the type of fruit according to what’s in season for endless possibilities!

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yogurt smoothie
Healthy Cherry Smoothie

Coconut milk is rich in healthy fats, which helps curb your appetite and give you energy. The berries and cherries lower the glycemic index making it a great after dinner treat. This Healthy Cherry Smoothie is a great breakfast.

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Coconut Water Smoothie

This coconut water smoothie is hydrating and refreshing. The citrus fruit helps to cut the bitterness in the kale and we boosted the sweetness with banana.

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Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

This strawberry blueberry layered smoothie recipe will wow guests at your next party. Use clear serving glasses for maximum wow factor!

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Glowing Green Smoothie

This iconic glowing green smoothie nourishes your skin from the inside out. Itโ€™s packed with beneficial ingredients that will make your skin positively glow. Drink up a glass of this plant-based goodness every morning for radiant, rejuvenated skin.

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Green smoothie recipe for glowing skin
Orange Superfood Smoothie

This refreshing citrus superfood smoothie is paired with the natural sweetness of banana and soluble rice bran powder.

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a delicious superfood smoothie packed with plant based nutrients
Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Oh, this blueberry spinach smoothie is a good one! It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamin Cโ€” and it tastes so good. My kids love it!

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blueberry spinach smoothie
Fiesta Savory Smoothie

This Slow-Carb Savory Smoothie is high in protein, loaded with veggies, savory flavors, and is incredibly delicious.

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Naturally Caffeinated Protein Shakes

An ‘energy drink’ can be both filling and an energy boost. These recipes contain natural caffeine from tea or cocoa/cacao. They taste delicious AND give you the protein + energy you need.

Chocolate Protein Shake

Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.

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chocolate protein shake
Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

The mellow taste of matcha with sweet vanilla, blended into a delicious, creamy smoothie. Enjoy any time of the day, this recipe is perfect for breakfast, pre- and post-workout and midnight snacks, too!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Better than a milkshake! This plant-based peanut butter chocolate smoothie is so creamy and decadent, you’ll think it’s ice cream. Your body will thank you for enjoying this all-natural, no-sugar-added sweet treat.

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chocolate peanut butter smoothie
Iron-Rich Smoothie Bowl

Boost your iron intake with this plant-based iron-rich smoothie bowl using fruits vegetables naturally high in iron.

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Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie

This weight loss smoothie uses all natural ingredients to kick start your metabolism and burn fat. We’re using all plant-based ingredients to keep you full until your next meal and get you the results you want.

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Hot Chocolate Smoothie

This dessert-like smoothie is perfect for a cool day or healthy treat. It’s packed with chocolaty flavor as well as ingredients like spinach and hazelnuts.

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Healthy Shake FAQs

Which protein shakes are the healthiest?

A shake can have as much protein as possible, yet still not be super healthy. My protein shake recipes have a good balance of protein, carbs and healthy fat. I load my protein shakes up with whole food ingredients and use plant based protein for the gentlest, healthiest combinations.

Can protein shakes be healthy?

They can be! Use whole food ingredients- you’d be surprised how much protein comes from plants. Use a plant based protein powder without added sugar and with healthy fats. Ditch the weird additives and use real ingredients for the healthiest protein shakes.

Are protein shakes good for weightloss?

It depends on what you put in them. Focus on adding plants, unsweetened plant based milks (or water) and plant based protein powder for the best results.

How to Add Protein to a Smoothie

While some protein powders are ‘just add water’ I like a shake with more to it than weird ingredients… and a weird taste. My homemade shakes use plants and plant based superfoods for protein, healthy fats and whole food carbs. You’d be surprised just how much protein comes from plants!

Try one of the above recipes then leave a comment below letting me know how energized you feel! My shakes are great pre and post workout as well as a quick meal. A great way to get more plants into your diet while not sacrificing on protein!

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