The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You’ll Ever Need

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need

This guide to protein shakes will tell you everything you need to know about making healthy protein shakes.

Most people these days are concerned about getting enough protein in their diets.  As a lot of people eat in a hurry, the popularity of protein shakes has risen significantly in the last few years.

In 2016, 3 billion dollars worth of protein shakes were purchased in the United States.

Although protein is an essential part of our diet, I don’t believe is more important than all of the other macronutrients and micronutrients that are critical for good health.

My aim is to share healthy recipes for protein shakes that contains all of the needed nutrients including protein, and are based on whole plant based foods.

I believe that once you cover all of your nutritional bases, you’ll feel better than you’ve ever felt.  It’s certainly working for me!

Of course most people are too busy for sit down healthy meals containing a good amount of protein and other nutrients.  And I totally understand as I am also too busy for cooking and eating 3 healthy meals each day.

So I’m not surprised protein shakes have become more popular than ever before.

Most people whizz up their protein powder with some water and it keeps the hunger at bay for a little while.  This is a popular snack, but I believe it’s better to get enough calories in our meals so that we’re not hungry for snacks, and we’re not reaching for extra protein powder because we are completely satisfied.

That’s why I focus on meal replacement protein shakes.

I like to get all of my calories and my nutrients in my meals as I’m too busy for snacking.

Although some protein powder is healthier than others, I do believe that whole foods containing all your nutrients, rather than isolated and highly processed nutrients are so much better for your health.

So I started to make and create my own protein shake recipes based on whole foods.  I call them ‘Green Thickies’. I calculate them so they contain complete nutrition. You will get more than enough protein from natural sources, including all of your other nutrients.

In this guide to protein shakes, I’m going to be answering all of the questions you might have about getting enough protein, where to get your protein, what are good sources of protein, and I’ll be sharing over 50 tasty and filling protein shake recipes with you that only require ingredients you can buy at your local store.

I’ll also be sharing how you can easily lose weight by replacing your meals with 1-2 protein shakes each day.

I myself managed to lose 56 pounds on a protein shakes diet in just a few months.  Now I focus on helping other people do the same, if they choose to.

If you don’t need to lose weight, protein shakes are still a great way to increase your energy naturally, or to help building muscle if you are weight training.

Table Of Contents

  1. What Is The Best Protein Powder?
  2. How Much Protein Do I Need?
  3. How To Make Healthy Protein Shakes
  4. Protein Shake Diet Plans
  5. Protein Shake Videos
  6. Free Gifts To Help You Make Healthy Protein Shakes
  7. Must Have Products To Help You Make Protein Shakes
  8. Follow Green Thickies On Social Media
  9. Related Guides You Will Love

What Is The Best Protein Powder?

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I think that most people would be better off giving protein powders a miss and simply eating more whole food sources of protein.

However I do understand that some people, like bodybuilders do rely on protein powder to keep their protein at their intended target.  

So I have selected my favorite protein powders for you in the following articles.  

I always choose products based on how healthy they are, and avoiding minimal processing.  

These protein powders are the healthiest on the market right now.

What Is The Best Protein Powder?

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Which Is The Best Protein Powder, And Do We Need It At All?

Which Is The Best Protein Powder, And Do We Need It At All?

I’m going to be answering the question, which is the best protein powder to use in our smoothie? This is a great question but it’s not the ideal question. The question I think we should be asking is should we be using protein powder in our smoothies at all?

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5 Best Vegan Protein Powders in 2019: Healthy & Natural

5 Best Vegan Protein Powders in 2019: Healthy & Natural

Here are the best vegan protein powders on the market this year. These plant based protein powders the most natural protein powder which is important because...

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19 Best Plant Based Protein Sources: Complete Whole Foods

19 Best Plant Based Protein Sources: Complete Whole Foods

Here are my favorite whole foods plant based protein sources to keep you healthy on a vegan diet. Whole foods are way better than protein powder because...

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34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat

34 High Protein Vegetables You Probably Already Eat

Here are 34 high protein vegetables that you probably already eat and didn’t realize were high in protein. Items 22 - 34 might surprise you!

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How Much Protein Do I Need?

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This question can’t be answered in just one sentence, so that’s why I’ve written a series of articles on what the ideal protein amount for us is depending on what our goals are.

These articles will help you base your diet on the right amount of protein for your own needs.

How Much Protein Do I Need?

How Much Protein Should I Eat?

How Much Protein Should I Eat?

Vegans are always being asked where they get their protein but it’s a question we all want an answer to, so how much protein should I eat? Find out here.

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How To Make Healthy Protein Shakes

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This is the topic that I based my whole website on, because I really believe making healthy protein shakes has the potential to be life changing, in terms of reaching your ideal weight, having natural energy and the ability for the body to heal and build muscle.

These articles will help you take your protein shakes to the next level.

How To Make Healthy Protein Shakes

20 Ways to Make Homemade Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

20 Ways to Make Homemade Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

20 ingredients to add to your smoothies to turn them into meal replacement shakes. Includes my favorite meal replacement shake recipes. The best one is…

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How to make a Natural Protein Shake without Protein Powder

How to make a Natural Protein Shake without Protein Powder

Finally – a natural protein shake that is high in protein and HAS NO PROTEIN POWDER! This vegan smoothie gets the protein from one ingredient which is…

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6 Excellent And Overlooked Sources Of Protein

6 Excellent And Overlooked Sources Of Protein

When we hear the word protein, we so often think of meat, fish and dairy. Here are some excellent, cheap and vegan proteins which are often overlooked.

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10 Best High Protein Natural Vegan Smoothies (Without Protein Powder)

10 Best High Protein Natural Vegan Smoothies (Without Protein Powder)

I have compiled the 10 best high protein natural vegan smoothies on the web and am sharing them with you here. The truth is, we really don’t need protein powder because we can get all of the protein we need from whole foods.

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High Protein Shake Recipe Without Protein Powder

High Protein Shake Recipe Without Protein Powder

My High Protein Shake Recipe Without Protein Powder will help you put on muscle, while still losing weight and meeting all of your nutritional needs, giving you a crazy amount of energy that will propel you through your workouts. Today I’m going deep into the science behind my choice of ingredients so you can understand why each item in this smoothie is so powerful for your health.

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Protein Shake Diet Plans

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Losing weight with protein shakes is actually much easier than eating a standard diet.
Protein shakes are a very easy way to make sure you are hitting your calorie goals and saves you time so you actually stick to your diet.

There are SO many reasons why losing weight is very easy when you follow a protein shake diet plan.

I personally have lost 56 pounds by replacing 2 of my meals with protein shakes.  For over 7 years now I’ve been helping millions of other people to do the same.

I created a series of healthy, calorie counted blender diet plans to help you easily lose weight, feel full and also eat delicious food.

Here are all my protein shake diet plans to help you reach your goals fast.

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FREE Smoothie Starter Bundle

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need;  FREE Smoothie Starter Bundle (Smoothie Bottle + Books + Video)

My FREE Smoothie Starter Bundle has everything you need to get started making complete meal smoothies that will change your life. 3 super eBooks with green smoothie recipes, smoothie ingredients and essential smoothie staples. Plus a video explaining how to prepare your smoothie ingredients. Plus you get a FREE smoothie bottle with every order (only pay for shipping).

Green Thickies 7 Day Green Smoothie Detox eBook

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Get the exact meal plan I used to lose 56 pounds following a diet incorporating filling green smoothies (Green Thickies) and quick simple and very tasty dinners. (All vegan recipes)

80 Green Thickies Recipe eBook

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; 80 Green Thickies Recipe Book

Do you want to get healthy and lose weight but you have no time for cooking? Green Thickies are perfect for you! Green Thickies are complete meal green smoothies that leave you satisfied, well nourished with less cravings. These hunger busters will ensure you last until lunch! 2 minutes a day is all you need to completely transform your body and your health. Get my 80 Green Thickies Recipe eBook today to start your weight loss journey.

Delicious Dessert Thickies Recipe eBook

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My Dessert Thickies Ebook contains delicious dessert smoothie recipes to help you kick-start your weight loss, improve your health and gain energy naturally. These full meal smoothies will fill you up and help you avoid craving junk food.

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Protein Shake Videos

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The easiest way to learn how to create homemade protein shake recipes is to watch a video. I have created a series of healthy protein shake recipe video and tutorials to help you get results fast with protein shakes.

Basic Green Thickie Recipe

High Protein Shake Recipe Without Protein Powder

Raw Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe

Banana Peanut Butter Green Thickie Recipe

How To Make Coconut Milk From Coconut Butter

2 Ingredient Homemade Protein Powder Recipe

You can view my complete blender recipes playlist by clicking here.

Free Gifts To Help You Make Healthy Protein Shakes

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I have created a series of free printables, cheat sheets, guides, ebooks, recipe cards and e-courses that will help you make healthy protein shakes and reach your goals.  Grab any of these free protein shake resources as my gift to you.

Natural Protein Shake Recipe Card

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Natural Protein Shake Recipe Card

Did you know most protein powders will harm your health and stop you losing weight? But this all natural protein shake recipe will give you the protein you need in an all natural form. No nasty chemicals, preservatives or toxins. Dairy free, egg free, vegan, gluten free, grain free, Paleo and free from lots of allergens with a nut free option. Tasty complete meal and will keep you going until lunch time.

Blend Me Cleanse Me Protein Shakes Cleanse

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need;  Blend Me Cleanse Me

Blend Me Cleanse Me the ultimate no hunger one week smoothie cleanse. Give your body a much needed detox, eliminate the harmful toxins from your body so your body finally has a chance to heal… You may experience your digestion improving, your skin becoming softer, your energy levels will be sky high, you’ll feel happier, you’ll sleep better, your sugar cravings will melt away and you’ll have better overall health…

9 Gorgeous Green Smoothies Recipe eBook (All Protein Shakes)

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; 9 Gorgeous Green Smoothies

Want To Start looking like you love your life and have a body you are proud of? Watch the fat fall and your energy soar in just 9 days using this 9 Gorgeous Green Smoothies?

You get 9 brand new delicious complete meal green smoothie recipes (Green Thickies)… Drink one Green Thickie for breakfast, easily last until lunch and watch the fat fall away in just 9 days…

Lean Green Smoothie Challenge With Protein Shakes

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Free Lean Green Smoothie Challenge

Join the FREE 7 Day Lean Green Smoothie Challenge DROP A DRESS SIZE THE HEALTHY WAY Drop a dress size in 7 days with delicious, quick and filling green smoothies. Kickstart your weight loss with this easy, natural, 7 day cleanse. Full 7 day calorie counted meal plan, recipes and shopping list provided FREE. You get… Tried and tested delicious recipes so you will actually enjoy this detox And so much more.

Weight Loss Smoothie Recipe Card (Protein Shake)

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; FREE Weight Loss Recipe Card

The ultimate fast acting weight loss smoothie use this smoothie recipe card to lose weight while you sleep. The 8 best smoothie ingredients for weight loss…. A delicious recipe that you’ll actually enjoy drinking… make this filling green smoothie and keep the hunger pangs at bay and the sugar cravings away… includes… everyday ingredients you can find at your local store…

Must Have Products To Help You Make Protein Shakes

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Must Have Blenders

Don’t have time to read all my blender reviews? Here are my absolute favorite blenders and accessories that I personally use on a regular basis.

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Magic Bullet Personal Blender

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Magic Bullet Blender

A blender which is perfect for travelling. The Magic Bulletchops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds and more.

Effortlessly create your favorite meals and snacks like smoothies, omelets, sauces and dips. 250 Watts high-torque power base. Learn More…

Vitamix Blender

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Vitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black

This is pretty much the industry standard for being the best blender ever.  I own this blender and it is honestly the best purchase I ever made.  I use it multiple times every day and cheap blenders just do not compare.  If you make a lot of blended food, you absolutely won’t regret buying this Vitamix blender. Learn More…

Blendtec Blender

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need;
Blendtec Designer Series Blender with Wildside+ Jar

This is the only other blender that truly compares favourably to the Vitamix.  I also own this Blendtec blender and I use it almost as often as my Vitamix. High speed, makes the hardest of ingredients extremely smooth. Learn More…

USB Portable Mini Blender

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; portable usb mini blender juicer

This portable USB Portable Mini blender allows you to make smoothies or juices wherever you are. 
This mini blender is suitable for chopped fruits, soft vegetables and liquid. 
You can use any USB charger cable with this USB blender.  Truly portable and convenient, blend and drink from the same bottle. Learn More…

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Must Have Protein Shaker Bottles

When you get into the habit of making daily healthy protein shakes, you’ll feel so good that you won’t want to miss a day, even when you’re at work, school or out and about having fun.  So you’ll need a way to transport your nutritionally complete protein shake meals without fuss or spills. Here are my favorite on the go blender bottles.

Discount Code On All Green Thickies Products

All of the following products in the Green Thickies store are on sale this month. Get a further 20% off your entire order using coupon code: LP20

Sistema Shaker To Go Smoothie Bottle

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Sistema shaker bottle

This Sistema Shaker To Go Smoothie Bottle is my number one favorite smoothie bottle that I keep going back to time after time. 

It’s also very reasonably priced, and you can get it in most Amazon stores across the world. 

Here is what I love about it:

  • It has a large capacity which is important to me.  When you cram in loads of spinach into your smoothies, it makes the volume much larger – hence the need for a bigger smoothie bottle. The capacity is 700ml / 23.67oz / 2.96cups.  Enough for a nice filling 500 calorie complete meal smoothie.
  • It doesn’t leak.  This is my primary concern about smoothie bottles – they have to be leak proof, because who wants to be covered in thick green slime?
  • It can be easily cleaned by hand or in the dishwasher.
  • It is very easy to drink from – just flip open the lid and drink.
  • It doesn’t have a built in straw or any areas of the bottle that can’t be reached.  Straws are a mold hazard waiting to happen.  I like to be able to see and clean all areas of my smoothie bottles.
  • It is long lasting and robust.  I have had mine for years and they are still going strong.  I now have 4 of these, 2 for me and 2 for my husband.  You can get them in a range of colors like pink, blue and green.

Green Thickies Wide Mouthed Smoothie Bottle (Get this FREE)

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Green Thickies Smoothie Bottle 500ml Portable

This Green Thickies Wide Mouthed Smoothie Bottle is perfect for getting Green Thickies quickly from the bottle to your mouth as it is nice and wide! This bottle also has an extra attachment to turn it into a regular water bottle with a smaller hole.  The choice is yours!

Insulated Leak Proof Stainless Steel Smoothie Bottle

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Insulated Leak Proof Stainless Steel Smoothie Bottle

Not only is this Insulated Leak Proof Stainless Steel Smoothie Bottle completely 100% leak proof due to the special O design ring on the cap, but it also doesn’t sweat or accumulate condensation on the outside, so you can put it inside your bag and know that the contents of your bag will be safe. This revolutionary design ensures that cold liquids will stay cold for 24 hours and hot liquids will stay hot for an impressive 12 hours.

Electric Automatic Protein Blender Shaker (Smart Mixer)

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Electric Automatic Protein Blender Shaker

This Electric Automatic Protein Blender Shaker bottle will automatically mix your smoothie or your protein powder for you. This will seamlessly blend up powders and liquids with no clumping.

Stainless Steel Protein Powder Shaker Bottle

The Only Guide To Protein Shakes You'll Ever Need; Stainless Steel Protein Powder Shaker Bottle

Travel with your smoothies, the non-toxic way with this stylish stainless steel blender bottle. This has a large capacity of 739ml/ 26 oz to store a large filling smoothie. Plus the cap of this Stainless Steel Protein Powder Shaker Bottle is made from BPA free plastic to keep you safe.

The Green Thickies Smoothie BottleStainless Steel Smoothie Bottle,
Electric Automatic Protein Blender Shaker and
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