High-Protein Shake With Berries

strawberry protein shake
High-Protein Strawberry Shake. Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images
Total Time 10 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 Serving (201 calories)

Give yourself a morning boost with this berry-flavored protein shake. Made of coconut milk, protein powder, flaxseed meal, and frozen berries of your choice, this thick and creamy drink is packed with nutrients. The medium-chain fatty acids in the coconut milk in this shake will stimulate your body's metabolism and may help shed some excess body fat. The protein powder offers a shot of energy as well as adding substance to the shake, and the berries bring plenty of vitamins and minerals. The flaxseed meal adds fiber and lots of other good things (such as antioxidants), but you could add fiber in the form of "Benefiber" or some similar preparation, or skip it altogether (though part of the reason the shake is so satisfying is the fiber). If you're looking for even more nutrition in a glass, there is also a green shake option which includes spinach.

There is no need for ice in this protein shake since the berries are frozen, so if you happen to have fresh berries that you'd like to use just add a few ice cubes to the blender to make it cold.
 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 scoop (2 tablespoons) low-carb protein powder (such as Designer Protein brand), vanilla or plain
  • 1/3 cup frozen berries (strawberries were used for the calorie count)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal or fiber powder such as Benefiber

Preparation

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend it together until creamy.

Ingredient Substitutions

Green smoothies are all the rage, and it is easy to see why—when you blend the right combination of vegetables and fruit, you end up with a tasty and highly nutritious drink that may satisfy your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables for the day. This recipe works well with spinach since this leafy green and strawberries actually go very nicely together (think spinach salad with strawberries).

Just toss a couple of handfuls of spinach in the blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until pureed.

If you want a lighter shake, such as for a snack, you can substitute unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or the coconut milk in cartons (versus cans). This would lower both the carbohydrate and calorie counts and could be enjoyed as a substantial snack or smaller meal.

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