Drinking this protein shake post workout will give you back all the energy you just lost and help you focus. I love getting my workouts done early in the morning, but let’s be real: I’d really rather take a shower and crawl back into bed after some of the more intense ones (I’m lookin’ at you, HIIT Legs from LIIFT4).
I’ve combined energizing ingredients (not just coffee), things that’ll give you more brain power to get through the workday, and…chocolate! If you’re sensitive to caffeine, don’t drink all of this at once and/or leave out the coffee ice cubes. Try half (or less) and then see how you feel. I’m pretty immune and can feel the energizing effects from this (in a good way, not an irritable-then-crashing way).
This post contains affiliate links.
So here’s the recipe for my favorite protein shake post workout. If you’re a fan of pre-workout supplements, you could use this as a pre-workout shake. Or drink half before your workout and half after. I’m hesitant to have more than a cup of coffee before a workout because I feel like my heart rate gets too high, but you do what you want! 😉
Energizing Protein Shake Post Workout
- 4-6 oz. unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (almond or any other milk you like will work)
- 2-4 frozen coffee cubes
- 1 packet of lion’s mane coffee, mixed with hot water and cooled (tip: use code thatoldkitchentable on any order to save 10%)
- 1 tsp maca powder (I like this one, and red maca is supposedly the best for women)
- 1 scoop or about 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
- Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet (I use about 1/2 Tbsp but you can sweeten it as you like and/or use any sweetener you prefer)
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used Perfect Fit because that’s what I had on hand, but they’ve rebranded and supposedly tweaked some things. It’s now just Tone It Up Organic Plant Based Protein)
- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 Tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 Tablespoon Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil (Start with 1 tsp if you’re not used to this and then work your way up…)
- A little more ice (regular ice, not coffee ice) if needed
Tips for Making Your Shake
I like to put the cashew milk in the blender cup first, then the chia seeds, then give those a stir before I gather and add the other ingredients. It seems to help prevent the chia seeds from just flying around and sticking to the cup instead of getting in my belly.
For the mushroom coffee, I use less hot water than it says to, stir, then take a shortcut by putting the frozen coffee in the coffee to cool it off again.
If you’re using this as a pre-workout shake, you may want to consider using cordyceps coffee instead of lion’s mane. Based on how the two affect me, I would personally cut out the frozen coffee and just use regular ice with that one. Everyone is different, though.
Adjust the ice and amount of cashew milk you use. I like my protein shakes (post workout and pre-workout shakes) kind of runny and don’t have to have them really cold/icy, so keep that in mind as you add your ingredients. Then just blend it and drink up!