With simple but delicious ingredients, vanilla protein shakes are one of the best ways to kickstart your day. Even though this low-calorie shake recipe is extremely easy to make, it will fill your belly and keep you satisfied for a large part of the day.
What makes this vanilla protein shake recipe one of our favorites is how readily available these ingredients are. You might already have all of them in your fridge and pantry! It’s so simple, yet unbelievably tasty.
Vanilla lovers will appreciate the strong flavors in this protein shake. Combining vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder is surprisingly not a vanilla overload. That’s because the flavors are muted by the perfect amount of unsweetened almond milk. Together, the familiar sweet tastes will leave you saying “Ah” after you take your first sip.
Benefits of Protein Powder
Food packaging and recipes often flaunt the fact that they have a high amount of protein, but do you know why protein is so important? Protein is an essential nutrient for the body. Protein helps build and repair muscles and tissues, and it also serves as a fuel source for your body.
Protein powder is a great source of protein because it is an easy addition to almost any recipe, from smoothies, to pancakes, to cookies. Scoop in some protein powder to get genuine benefits from almost any meal. Protein shakes are perfect for an on-the-go meal or a healthy drink to sip on throughout the work day.
When you consume protein, it interacts with the hormones in your body and makes you feel fuller for longer. You are then less likely to snack because you don’t feel the need to. When you eat a protein-filled meal, you can also cut back on your portion sizes. Snacking less and eating smaller meals can help with weight loss.
Protein is a powerful nutrient. Protein’s ability to repair muscles and other tissues speeds up the recovery process of your muscles, letting you get back to training sooner. Protein will restore the strength in your muscles and reduce feelings of soreness. Drink a protein powder-packed shake after a workout and your legs and arms will thank you.
Builds Your Muscles
We’ve already said that protein is amazing at muscle repair, but it also helps build your muscle mass. Feed the muscles in your body to increase your strength by munching on protein-filled foods or using protein powder in your recipes. Greek yogurt (included in this vanilla protein shake recipe) is another great source of protein.
Other Healthy Shake Recipes
Interested in other healthy shake recipes? Hop over to our other blogs to read about protein shakes, green smoothies, and fruity drinks. You can make every single recipe with your versatile Blendtec.
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Organic Green Smoothie: A fresh green smoothie recipe that packs a punch of flavor.
Basic Green Smoothie: Master the basics of green smoothies with a traditional recipe.
Mango-Cherry Smoothie: A full serving of vegetables and lots of protein are packed into this yummy smoothie.
What Can You Add to a Vanilla Protein Shake?
A lot of people think they don’t like the taste of protein shakes — perhaps that’s because they haven’t tasted the Blendtec-inspired shakes. Thanks to ingredients like almond milk and vanilla extract, our vanilla dream protein shake recipe converts those type of people into protein shake lovers.
Vanilla protein shakes make great stand-alone meals, but they are also serve as a good base for experimenting with other flavors. To mix up your protein shake, there are some simple additions you can make to this recipe. Frozen fruit such as blueberries and raspberries add a tart flavor and healthy antioxidants. Spices such as cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice make your iced vanilla protein shake a little warmer. Unique flavors like orange extract and even coffee are perfect additives for the morning.
How to Make a Vanilla Dream Protein Shake
Your new favorite vanilla protein shake is only a couple steps away. Begin by gathering all of the necessary ingredients. As you measure them, pour them into the FourSide or WildSide+ jar in the order listed. Once every ingredient is added, you can secure the lid.
Hit the “Smoothie” button on your device and blend on medium speed for 50 to 60 seconds. Just like that, you’ll have a delicious protein shake.
Give this recipe a try and share your experience in the comments below.'
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Total time: 01 M
- 6 fl. oz. almond milk unsweetened
- 1/2 cup plain or vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 1 tsp. stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
- Serving Size: 12 fl. oz.
- Fat: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 20mg
- Sodium: 100mg
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Fiber: 0g
- Sugar: 7g
- Protein: 16g
- Add ingredients to FourSide or WildSide+ jar in order listed and secure lid.
- Blend on “Smoothie” cycle or blend on a Medium speed for 50-60 seconds.
Add 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon