Great Protein Shake Recipes for Post-Run Recovery

Like carbs, protein should be a runners best-friend. But protein does more than just speed recovery and build stronger muscles, it actually helps regulate mood by making you happier because it increases the amount of dopamine (the happy hormone) in the brain.

Aside from being a mood-booster, protein is good for your immune system as research shows that protein’s amino acids, such as cysteine, builds stronger white blood cells, giving the body stronger healing power and stronger immunity.

Another health bonus of protein is that it aids in weight-loss. although running is an excellent way to shed the pounds, incorporating more protein post-run can force the body to burn more fat. According to Cynthia Stamper Graff and Reginald Allouche, M.D, authors of The New Lean for Life? protein turbo-charges your metabolism, shrinks fat cells, helping you lose weight faster and the better the quality of the protein (proteins not diluted with additives/preservatives), the faster the weight comes off.

For me, there’s no better way of getting protein than downing a delicious, smooth protein shake after a blistering run! Here are some great protein shake recipes that are incredibly healthy and satisfying!

Great Protein Shakes for Runners

Great Protein Shake Recipes for Post-Run Recovery

Green apple pie shake via Aloha

Strawberry banana shake via The Fit Blog

Peanut butter shake via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Gluten-free coffee shake via Southern In-Law

Summer-time mango shake via Aloha

Creamy green shake via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Spinach banana shake via Garnish with Lemon

Cinnamon roll shake via Family Fresh Meals

Peach pie shake via Wishes and Dishes

Strawberry lemonade shake via Aloha

Immune-boosting triple berry shake via The Pretty Bee

Gluten-free banana bread shake via Gimme Some Oven

Vanilla cream shake via Peanut Butter and Peppers

Dark chocolate peppermint shake via Fit Foodie Finds

Blueberry lemon-lime shake via Aloha

Strawberry coconut shake via Jennifer Meyering

Lemon berry shake via Maybe I Will

Chocolate peanut butter apple shake via Jennifer Meyering

Pumpkin shake via Love Grows Wild

Strawberry banana orange shake via Creative Homemaking

Strawberry vanilla lavender shake via Aloha

Pumpkin peanut butter shake via Carrie Elle

Banana mango shake via Family Fresh Meals

Kale on kale shake via Aloha

Cafe mocha shake via Jennifer Meyering

Vegan chunky monkey shake via Sensual Appeal

Tropical turmeric shake via Aloha

Chocolate banana coffee shake via Lows to Luxe

Dairy-free orange dream shake via My Recipe Magic

Vanilla strawberry shake via The Beach Body

Ginger beet shake via Aloha

Chai Spiced Shake via Wholesomelicious

Banana-split shake via The Schnakenburgs

Apple almond-spice shake via Aloha

Blueberry banana oatmeal shake via Pretty Bitches Can Cook Too

Quinoa shake via My Fussy Eater

Gingerbread shake via Aloha

Mango melba shake via Go Dairy Free

Raspberry avocado shake via Blackmores


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Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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