The Ultimate Guide to Protein Shakes

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Who should drink protein shakes? What’s the best time of day to drink protein shakes? What are the best protein shake recipes? Whether you’re new to drinking protein shakes or looking to up your protein game, we have answers to your most pressing questions.

When Should You Drink Protein Shakes?

When’s the best time of day for your protein shake? Well, it depends! Research shows that a high-protein breakfast will help you start your day right. But your body will likely only absorb 20-30 grams of protein within a 1-2 hour window, so spreading out your protein makes sense. Studies have shown that consuming protein throughout the day will also help you feel full and nourished.

A protein shake at breakfast is almost always a good option. If you’d rather have pancakes or something else for breakfast, you can drink a shake as an afternoon snack, or after a workout any time of the day.

How Many Protein Shakes Should You Drink a Day?

The truth is, there isn’t one right answer! Your recommended protein intake depends on your size, age, activity level, and goals. Protein shakes are a great tool to help you get more protein in your diet, but they’re certainly not the only way. A high-protein diet offers a ton of flexibility!

How protein shakes fit into your healthy lifestyle will vary from person to person and even day to day. On a particularly busy day, maybe you’ll have a shake on your way into the office and another after you hit the gym. Other days, you may find yourself getting enough protein from your meals. The beauty of protein shakes is that they’re versatile — they can be a regular part of your routine AND an easy solution when that routine gets interrupted.

The Best Protein Shake Recipes

At Premier Protein, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of delicious protein shake flavors. But the possibilities don’t end there — get creative and combine our shakes and powders with some of your favorite ingredients! Whatever your tastes, there’s a protein shake recipe out there for you. Here are a few of our favorites.

Café Latte Smoothie

Take your morning routine to a whole new level. This smoothie uses our Café Latte Protein Powder with Energy and mixes it with banana, cinnamon, almond milk, and greek yogurt for a rich and creamy treat. One serving of the powder has the same amount of caffeine as one regular cup of coffee.

See full Café Latte Smoothie recipe.

Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie

We know what you’re thinking — chocolate and avocado?! You’re going to have to trust us and give it a try. Premier Protein Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder combined with avocado, banana, oat milk, yogurt, and a little agave syrup creates a decadent smoothie loaded with nutrients.

See full Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake

Meet your protein goals while indulging in this classic flavor combo. Take one of our Chocolate Protein Shakes, add a scoop of peanut butter and a banana, and voila! You can even add coffee or espresso for an extra energy boost.

See full Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake recipe.

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

Take your tastebuds on a mini vacation! This two-layer smoothie uses our Bananas & Cream Protein Shake combined with mango, berries, banana and an orange slice to create a vibrant and refreshing drink.

See full Tropical Sunrise Smoothie recipe.

Not craving any of these? Browse our many shake and smoothies recipes and find something that’s right for you. Or choose your favorite Premier Protein shake or powder, grab your blender, and get creative! Share your best concoctions with us by using the #PremierProtein hashtag or tagging us on Instagram, Facebook, or your favorite social media platform.