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5 Protein-Packed Treats That Taste Like a Milkshake

Jul 8 2014 - 12:22am

Sometimes, there's nothing like a tall, frosty milkshake to cool you off in the Summer heat, but at over 500 empty calories [1] (not to mention all that sugar and fat), one milkshake can be the undoing of your hard work. If you find yourself hitting the drive-through regularly, quench your thirst and cravings instead with a protein shake that will fill you up with healthy nutrients. Trust us, you won't even miss your normal indulgence.

Chocolate Banana Shake

This protein-packed chocolate banana shake [2] doubles as a PMS-buster. Bananas and cashews offer magnesium to help ease cramps, while the healthy fats in avocado add a milkshake-like creaminess that also may reduce PMS symptoms.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Frothy Protein Shake

For a creamy, frothy consistency that just may trick your taste buds into thinking they're getting the real deal, play with this frothy protein milkshake recipe [3] from blogger Dashing Dish. The secret? Cottage cheese, lots of ice, and a little bit of xanthan gum, a thickener that you can find in the gluten-free section of most grocery stores.

Source: Dashing Dish [4]

Vegan Chocolate Shake

This vegan chocolate shake [5] is as thick and creamy as its non-vegan siblings, but the dairy-free version is full of much healthier ingredients, like cashews, almond butter, and avocado. If there's not enough protein in this one, add a scoop of your favorite vegan chocolate protein powder and play around with the amount of liquid and sweetener until you get the right consistency and taste.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Vegan Vanilla Shake

Rather go for a vanilla shake? This vanilla protein milkshake [6] is also vegan — the secret is silken tofu, which whips up into a frothy, dreamy consistency that you'll crave.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Banana Bread Smoothie

Craving something comforting? This high-protein banana bread smoothie [7] hits all your frozen dessert needs. At over 34 grams of protein, it can actually help you lose weight, which certainly isn't the case with most desserts.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

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