You’re running late and know that breakfast will take too long to put together. So you just grab a cup of coffee and hit the road. Sure, you’ll get the caffeine boost you need, but those hanger pains are basically guaranteed to kick in ASAP. And coffee on an empty stomach? Yikes.
Solution: a coffee protein shake. Making one only takes a few more minutes and it’s high in protein, so you’ll feel fuller throughout the day (and replenished post workout). If you’re used to making eggs all the time to get those grams in, try swapping your double hard-boiled out for one of these high-protein smoothies. The fact that they taste like a milkshake is just a bonus.
Put a cup of coffee in the fridge before going to bed, and this breakfast will take approximately three minutes to make. Just throw the coffee in a blender with ice, almond milk, and both chocolate and vanilla protein powder. The combo kind of makes it taste like a malt… milkshakes for breakfast are a definite win.
If you haven’t jumped on the Bulletproof coffee train yet, grab a jar of coconut oil and DIY it at home. The taste is so crazy creamy, you won’t believe it doesn’t actually use dairy. Add a few ice cubes to the blender to make this drink thicker and more shake-like.
Powder is an obvious way to add protein to your shakes, but it’s not the only way. This smoothie uses rolled oats and flaxseeds to up its protein count. If you want, you could add a sprinkle of chia seeds or hemp seeds to get even more grams into the mix.
Like a vanilla bean frappe but sweetened with banana and honey instead of a crazy amount of sugar. The smoothie also swaps out an actual cup of coffee for coffee-flavored Greek yogurt (Chobani makes a good one!) and a teaspoon of instant coffee powder to get the java taste.
This smoothie uses our favorite healthier sweetener: dates! You only need two to make it so sweet, and they’ll add some fiber and potassium to your shake at the same time. The sweetness shouldn’t stop you from sprinkling some cocoa nibs on top too… just sayin’.
This morning pick-me-up has everything you need: fruit (a frozen banana), whole grains and protein, and healthy fats from nut butter. It’s basically your morning oatmeal and coffee rolled into one, and we’re into it.
If you eat dairy, Greek yogurt really is the best when it comes to making your morning shake thicker. Plus, it gives it a bit of a tangy taste we love, while the agave syrup keeps it sweet enough. Choose your fave protein powder to mix in… we bet chocolate, vanilla, or coffee-flavored powder would taste really good.