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.
1. Cafe Mocha Protein Shake
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.
2. Bulletproof Coffee Protein Latte
Add your cold cup of coffee, a scoop of protein powder, ice (optional), almond milk, and a tablespoon of coconut oil to your blender and blend! The taste is so crazy creamy, you won’t believe it doesn’t actually use dairy. Adding a few ice cubes to the blender will make this drink thicker and more shake-like.
3. Oats and Flax Coffee Shake
Combine a cold cup of coffee or frozen coffee ice cubes, flax seed, oats, a banana, and chocolate protein powder (optional), blend well. The 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.
4. Vanilla Latte Smoothie
1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, half a banana, an instant coffee packet, and a handfull of ice. Blend well and enjoy this vanilla bean frappe! With this smoothie you can swap out the actual cup of coffee for a packet of instant coffee or, coffee-flavored Greek yogurt to get the java taste.
5. Cold Brew Mocha Smoothie
2/3 cup of cold brew coffee, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 2 dates & a handful of ice. 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.
6. Wake Me Up Coffee Smoothie
Start with a cup of cold coffee, add half a frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk, and a healthy spoon full of your favorite nut butter. This morning pick-me-up has everything you need: fruit (a frozen banana), and protein, and healthy fats from nut butter.
7. Creamy Coffee and Yogurt Smoothie
Blend together a cup of cold coffee, a frozen banana, half a cup of greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder (chocolate or vanilla), 1 tablespoon of agave sweetener or maple syrup, and a hand full of ice. 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.