The Protein Shake That Tastes as Good as a Milkshake

Protein shakes that taste like milkshakes
Protein shakes that taste like milkshakes
Photo: Nathan Davison

In part two of our fitness series, Michelle Joy shares her group’s favorite recipe for a protein shake that will make you forget everything you’ve heard about post-workout drinks.

Probably one of the greatest things about the workout is the protein shake we have afterwards. Ours vary a bit depending on what we have on hand, but here is the gist of it:

Berry-Cupcake Protein Shake
Prep time
Total time
Kitchen gadgets needed: Tablespoon, cup, blender
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 1 handful of frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop of QuickTrim PROnom 23 Vanilla Cupcake Batter protein
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 handful of ice
  • About 6-8 ounces of orange juice (or apple juice)
  1. Toss in the strawberries, banana, protein powder and a spoonful of peanut butter into a blender, then top with ice. Pour in orange or apple juice until the blender is about ⅓ to ½ full, depending on whether you like thicker or thinner shakes.
  2. Blend until everything is combined. Enjoy!

Depending on how much people want, we do 1-2 batches (I prefer larger glasses personally) for the group. Quite a few of us have been burned by protein in the past where it tasted absolutely dreadful. This stuff is AMAZING. I got a tip from some people on my workout-logging website Fitocracy (it lets you level up by working out!) that this tastes like liquid cupcakes. It does. When we do just the powder, ice, and orange juice= creamsicle.

Probably the most important thing is to make sure that you’re drinking LOTS of water. No matter what workout you’re doing, especially if you’re taking creatine and/or protein. So grab a water bottle and fill it up every time it empties! Other most important thing, do a workout you enjoy. No matter what it is. If you don’t enjoy it, you’ll have a harder time sticking to it. So find something you enjoy and do that!


Michelle is a librarian at Polk State College and Hillsborough Community College. She loves cooking and baking (even if baking has been pushed to the back burner for now) as well as working out, making things, and making her friends smile. You can follow her on Fitocracy (can use this link ) and myfitnesspal where her username is USFJoyGirl. She has a tuxedo cat named Sayuri and around 50 stories she’s started but never finished, though someday you might find one of those on the shelf in the bookstore. Don’t be afraid to follow her on Fitocracy and ask questions, she’ll happily answer, and mention that these articles are how you found the site and her. #bringit

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