Looking for a protein shake alternative? You’ve found it. Five to be exact. We’ve heard on the grapevine that a post-workout smoothie is what the people want as they edge away from protein shakes and the harmful effects they can cause.

Every human on this earth needs protein in their diet to maintain a healthy body. It’s responsible for multiple functions such as building tissue and cells and making hormones. Protein contains amino acids, one of the building blocks for muscle growth and repair. If your goal is to become stronger and leaner, adding more protein into your diet is a sure way to succeed.

Reaching for a quick post-workout protein shake or bar is convenient, sure. But they’re far from a meal replacement as they don’t contain other essential nutrients and vitamins that also promote muscle growth and repair.

Lucky for you, we’ve put together five homemade and delicious ‘protein shake’ recipes to give you full confidence that you’re providing your body with nothing but the best ingredients.

Peach, ginger & spinach smoothie

2 handfuls of baby spinach, 2 handfuls of chopped peach slices, 1 ¼ small cups of water, a dash of honey, a thumb of ginger. Blend. Sprinkle with flax seeds.

berry & vanilla smoothie

2 handfuls of fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), 2 dollops of vanilla yogurt, 1 ¼ small cups of water, a splash of almond milk, 1 handful of baby spinach. Blend and serve. 

banoffee pie & peanut butter smoothie

1 banana, 2 cups of almond milk, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 handful of baby spinach. Blend together and dust with dark cocoa powder.

strawberry & avocado smoothie

1 banana, 1 handful of strawberries, 2 cups of almond milk, ½ avocado, 1 handful of baby spinach, a dash of honey. Blend together and top with flax seeds.

mango & yogurt smoothie

A whole mango, chopped, 1 handful of blueberries, 5 tbsp on low-fat natural yogurt, a dash of honey. Blend together and dust with cinnamon.

 

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