PROTEIN SHAKES: Who’s Behind the Straw

There are a lot of people that take supplements, but it seems most people think of bodybuilders and athletes first when they think of drinking protein shakes – and there’s no one who knows protein better than Designer Whey.

As the #1 protein brand since 1993, they were around during the peek of spandex and body building, and they are thriving here and now – and fitness looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago. With the informative world wide web, people are more educated than ever and more aware of their need for protein in their diet. With this knowledge, protein has become a part of many people’s lives – and if I have to guess, most of them aren’t bodybuilders.

Of matter of fact, I’d guess they are moms, dads, runners, surfers, cyclists, health nuts, fitness newbies, experienced athletes, youth, seniors and basically every body type, age and race. My guess is there is no one Designer “way”. All of us Designer Whey fans (follow them on Facebook) use Designer Whey OUR way – and are loving it!

As a protein supplement enthusiast myself, I’m constantly looking for fresh new recipe ideas, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Designer Whey’s shake recipe page! YAYYYYY!!! Ingenious! Whether you use Designer Whey or another brand, you can start mixing it up like a pro with some of their creative yummy ideas. And, if I had to guess, I bet many of you have some great ideas too!!

In search for more great ideas, I asked what flavors and recipes my facebook friends liked and how they mix it up at home. Below are just a few of the first posts. Join the protein party and help us shake things up by sharing your recipe or favorite protein shake fix mix below! I’ll be doing a follow up blog to showcase YOUR recipes, blogs, web pages and/or personal profiles!


Melissa Henderson Chocolate protein powder- syntha 6 from BSN-with frozen banana, strawberries and peanutbutter :)

Christopher Borders GNC Wheybolic Extreme 60 CHOCOLATE

Randy Hall ‎2-3 cups of fat free milk, (1) scoop of GNC Protein Powder, several chunks of frozen Mango and (1) tablespoon of Peanut Butter. Blended until smooth. Actually comes out like a Smoothie since the Mango chunks are frozen………..GOOD STUFF!!
Julianne Tanner Talley Key lime pie (at Longevity Max Fitness – and I make it at home!)

Patti Ambrosia McLean ‎8oz almond milk, body by vi shake mix (im sure whey mix would work) 1T instant coffee, ice and 1T baking cocoa. DELISH.

Ed Meade I have soooo many, but Butterfinger is probably my tops!

Jenee Simons Blueberry with ViSalus

Kristina Smith Davis Baked oatmeal! 1/2 cup whole oats, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, 3 egg whites, 1 cup water, pinch of baking powder and 1-2 teaspoons of cinammon. I usually add 1/2 cup blueberries and sometimes a few pecans, but you can get really creative with your add-ins. Bake it in a preheated 350° oven for 25 minutes and presto! So good I sometimes have it twice a day!

Renee Bissonnette Langlois Kristina, that sounds yummy…maybe sunday for breakfast. vanilla for the protein powder and then the mix ins of raspberries, blueberries and honey.

Ingrid De Groot Suichies · Friends with Alfonso AngryTrainer Moretti
Muscle Milk Vanilla mmmmmm …….. My reward after a workout!

Emily Gibbons Chocolate GNC wheybolic 60, natural peanut butter, and honey, skim milk, ice. Yumm.

Tammie Huff ISO 100 chocolate with a scoop of Myofusion Bananna Cream and a tablespoon of PB2!!!


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  2. German Geschke

    I like to take whey protein because it is easily absorbed by the body unlike Casein. ^

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  3. Dennis Mastrolia

    I scoop of measured Whey protein-two ice cubes–6oz. filtered water–several blueberries or blackberries–a small amount of natural honey and viola–As good as it gets.-I had to be light for my sky-dive. LOL

  4. Shari Friedman

    Here’s a video of how to make one of my favorite protein recipes – Orange Chocolate Protein Shake – I use Eat Smart Choc Chip Protein Powder by iSatori Technologies


  5. Pure2raw Twins (@pure2raw)

    we love adding protein powder to our green smoothies – normally we did some water, fruit, dark leafy greens, and protein powder. and we also enjoy making raw foods with protein powder like our protein thin mints – http://www.pure2raw.com/2012/03/protein-thin-mint-cookie-recipe-with-coconut-oil/ and our brownie protein mini cakes http://www.pure2raw.com/2012/03/sugar-free-chocolate-protein-brownie-cake-recipe/

  6. Bonnie Pfiester

    Angie Newton just shared this: I love all kinds of smoothies. Some of my favorites are listed on my blog in my smoothies category http://losingitandlovingit.com/blog/category/healthy-food-choices/healthy-recipes/healthy-smoothies/

    My favorites are the Blueberry Smoothie recipe and I love peanut butter/chocolate too. Yum!

    The blog I linked to above is about healthy weight loss/fitness. It’s also a personal blog too where I share my journey to lose weight.

    I have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/losingitandlovingit where we check in daily for accountability. I welcome anyone to stop by and join us.

  7. rumkitty

    My current favorite is really simple and easy to play around with, but really delicious!

    1 frozen banana
    2 strawberries/handful of blueberries/whatever berries float your boat
    1/4-1/2 cup of rolled oats (sometimes toasted a bit)
    handful of almonds
    protein supplement of your choice/sometimes some fiber powder
    1/2 cup of fat-free milk
    1 cup to 2 cups of ice (depending on how icee-like I want it that day)
    dash of coconut sugar, though I use splenda some too

    I like my smoothies to be really icey, and less dairy, so keep that in mind when figuring out how much ice you want to put in. Enjoy :)

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      Great stuff!!! Thanks for sharing. Do you have a facebook, twitter or blog?

  8. Greg

    Mine is simple: cup of ice, cup of frozen mixed berries, scoop of strawberry flavored whey protein, and some orange juice blended in blender.

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      I like simple!! and I LOVE berries!! WOOT! Do you have a facebook, twitter or blog so people can connect with you?

  9. gene @boutdrz

    mine is simple: fat free plain yogurt, soy milk, peanut butter. add either banana or blueberry or strawberry for a little sweetness. blend. enjoy.

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      Does it taste like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich? Looks like it would! YUM!

  10. fitknitchick

    My fav has coffee in it! I posted the recipe yesterday on my blog;


    Looking forward to trying all these delicious sounding recipes!
    Thanks for the link up Bonnie!

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      GOT IT!! Cutting & pasting too!! :)

      Fitknitchick’s Chocolate Espresso Energy Shake:

      1 cup low fat milk or chocolate milk
      1 Tbsp no sugar, no salt added peanut butter
      1/2 cup espresso
      1 scoop chocolate protein powder
      1/2 banana

      1. fitknitchick

        Thanks! Hugs!

  11. Christine McCarthy (@OatmealBowl)

    My New Fave recipe is Espresso-Chocolate Protein shake: 8oz cold espresso, 1 scoop Vega Sport Chocolate Protein Powder (26g/protein) , 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, ice.

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      LOVE IT!!! Do you have a blog site or anything I can include when I recap? Also, what do you do – tell my readers “Who’s Behind the Straw”. :)

  12. RunToTheFinish

    Green smoothies changed my world! They make it so easy to get in veggies and give me a huge energy boost!

    Here are a beginner, intermediate and advanced green smoothie :) http://www.runtothefinish.com/2011/07/shot-of-greens.html

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      awesome!! I’ll check it out! Do you add protein? and if so, how much? How many grams?

  13. Elle

    Here is a post I did this week that showcases a couple of our favorites… they both use GNC products this time.

    One is a green berry shake, the other a chocolate berry shake. Yummers!

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      Ellie, did you mean to leave a link? Want to learn more!!

  14. Christopher T Goodwin

    Herbalife personalized Protein powder along with Herbalife Formula1healthy meal Nutritional Shake mix,now that’s the ticket

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      How many grams of protein is it? Would love to know! :)

      1. Christopher T Goodwin

        The Personalized Protein Powder has 5g of soy and whey Protein and the Formula1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix has 9g of Protein

  15. Danny McLarty


    I’m a personal trainer/strength coach and a basketball skills coach as well as a fitness writer. I also blog on my website… DannyMcLarty.com.

    Superfood is a veggie powder that I use from time to time and can be found on biotest.net. I think it has a little flavor… maybe a little sweet with a bit of a fig newton taste.?. I’m terrible at describing food, unless I describe it as good, bad, great, terrible, etc. lol!

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      AWESOME!! THANK U!!! :)

  16. Danny McLarty

    My current favorite …

    -Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
    -Superfood (veggie powder)
    -Almond Butter

    Lots of ice and just a little water because I like the shake to be thick.



    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      Cool! What kind of veggie powder do you use Danny and does it have a flavor? Also, tell my peeps what you do “who’s behind the straw”. :)

  17. Roni Noone (@RoniNoone)

    My favorite is…

    1/2 banana
    About 2/3 cup of frozen wild blueberries (60g)
    At least 20g of raw kale or spinach
    5oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
    1 scoop unflavored protein powered (I use Any Whey )
    2 tbsp dark cocoa powder (10g)

    But I have more here ideas here.. http://greenlitebites.com/category/food-ideas/by-type/smoothie-ideas/

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      What do you call that one Roni? Very cool! Also, what do you do for fitness & for work. We’d love to know who’s behind the straw! :)

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