Whether you’ve just finished a half-marathon or sweated through another grueling P90X workout, you’ll need a high protein cocktail to refuel and perk you up. Wondering about my choice of words, “cocktail” rather than “drink”? Well, who says high-protein drinks have to be boring or ordinary or anything short of cocktail fabulousness? If you agree that a high protein post-workout drink doesn’t have to be manly or bland, keep reading. Here are 7 high protein cocktails to enjoy after a workout.
1. Berry Flaxseed Cocktail
I have a thing for flaxseed, and once you try this high protein cocktail, you will too. The proportions on this smoothie are a little flexible, so experiment with it until you find exactly the right combination of ingredients for you.
Ingredients: ½ cup low-fat or no-fat Greek yoghurt (and berry flavor will do), 2 tablespoons of whole or ground flaxseeds, ½ cup to ¾ cup of frozen or fresh mixed berries, and ¼ cup to ½ cup of no sugar added mixed fruit juice.
To make the cocktail: Place everything into a blender and mix until smooth. If you’re unhappy with the consistency, add a few cubes of ice. Garnish with a few raspberries and serve in your favorite cocktail glass. Enjoy roughly 25 grams of protein, with a healthy dose of fiber, calcium and antioxidants thrown in for good measure.
2. Orange and Yoghurt Drink
The 23 grams of protein in this high protein cocktail come from the Greek yoghurt, the vitamin C from the oranges, and the sweet-tart flavor from both. It’s rich, darling, just like we are!
Ingredients: ½ cup of all-natural orange juice, ½ cup of low-fat or no-fat Greek yoghurt (plain), and a handful of sliced, peeled orange segments.
To make the cocktail: place everything into a blender and blend til smooth. Serve in a small tumbler garnished with an orange slice. Enjoy!
3. Apple Cinnamon High Protein Cocktail
Doesn’t this sound dreamy for fall? It is, my dear, it is! It’s savory and wholesome, an odd thing to boast for a cold drink… but it’s so good, and it contains 9 grams of protein… try it!
Ingredients: 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 cup diced and peeled Red Delicious apples, ¼ cup diced and peeled Granny Smith apples, 1 cup vanilla soy milk, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
To make the cocktail: Add the egg whites and apples to a blender, and blend til smooth. Add the soy milk and cinnamon, then blend again til smooth. Serve in a chilled mug with a cinnamon stick garnish.
4. Pomegranate Berry Cocktail
I adore pomegranates, so I’m delighted they’re coming back into season now! This tasty little high protein cocktail is one of my favorites — it’s not just delicious, it’s chock full of protein and antioxidants, too!
Ingredients: ¾ cup pomegranate juice, 1/3 cup egg whites, 6 ounces of low-fat or no-fat Greek yoghurt (pomegranate or a berry flavor), and 3/4 cup of frozen mixed berries. Don’t opt for all blueberries, or your cocktail may taste funny. I know. I’ve tried it.
To make the cocktail: Chuck everything into the blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a tall tumbler or even a martini glass with a few berries on a toothpick as garnish. Delightful!
5. Peanut Butter and Strawberry Cocktail
This tastes exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, only cooler and a little fruitier. It’s also loaded with protein from the peanut butter and Greek yoghurt as well as antioxidants and fiber from the strawberries.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of low-fat or no-fat strawberry Greek yoghurt, ½ cup of strawberry juice, ½ cup frozen strawberries, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
To make the cocktail: Add everything to a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into tall, curvy glasses, and garnish with a slices strawberry. This is a cocktail after all, not just a run-of-the-mill high protein drink, so let’s make it look like one, shall we?
6. Grapefruit High Protein Cocktail
Oh, sweetie, this isn’t your mother’s grapefruit diet drink! It’s loaded with 20 grams of protein to refresh you after a workout and it’s a lush pink color, to boot!
Ingredients: ¾ cup ruby red grapefruit juice (without sugar added), 1/3 cup egg whites, 6 ounces of fat-free or non-fat Greek yoghurt, and a handful of ice.
To make the cocktail: Combine everything in a blender til smooth. If you’re not pleased with the consistency, add another few ice cubes and blend some more. Serve in a juice glass, preferably a cute one, printed with citrus fruit slices.
7. Cranberry Almond Cocktail
You know, peanuts aren’t the only nutty-licious source of protein, and this high protein cocktail features the humble alternative to the peanut, the almond. A little Greek yoghurt adds smoothness (and a smidge more protein) to round out this cocktail.
Ingredients: ½ cup of 100% cranberry juice, 2 tablespoons of almond butter, and 3 tablespoons of low-fat or no-fat Greek yoghurt (cranberry or honey flavor).
To make the cocktail: Dump everything willy-nilly into the blender, make sure the lid is secure, and blend until smooth. Pour into a large tumbler, sprinkle roasted slivered almonds on top, and sip delicately.
Now that you’ve seen my list of high protein cocktails for after a workout, will you ever go back to boring old protein shakes again? I hope not… finishing a workout or run is something to celebrate! Which of these high protein cocktails will you try after your next workout? Or is there another magically delicious high protein drink recipe you’d like to share? Please do!
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