Power up your mornings with this delicious Orange Protein Shake! It delivers a bright zing of flavor with 5 clean ingredients. This post shares how to make it…in just 4 minutes.
Give it up for another protein shake recipe! Wuhoo!
Yep, that’s usually the kind of energy I get from a delicious protein shake (even if I’m not naturally a morning person). There’s just nothing like a bright, refreshing, and filling treat to start the day.
On most busy days, I go for my Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Shake or my Coffee Protein Shake. But when I want something fresh… I like to mix it up with this refreshing Orange Protein Shake.
I make this super delish shake with cleanish Plant-Based Protein Powder because I know the clean, dairy-free and zero sugar recipe is just what I need to start the day off right.
Wake up to the vibrant flavor and creamy texture of this delicious post-workout shake or meal replacement. Read on further to see its super easy 4-min recipe and what makes it insanely healthy.
Ready to shake things up a bit? Here we go!
Is Orange Juice Good For Protein Shakes?
Yes, protein powder and orange juice combine to form a dynamic duo in protein shakes. Because this recipe provides help with both muscle repair and immunity, it is one of my favorite post-workout snacks.
And it goes great as a meal replacement for breakfast, too. Protein plus extra fiber, vitamin C, and potassium from the oranges? I’ll take it!
Learn more about the benefits of protein powder with my Ultimate Guide for Beginners.
Is It Ok To Mix Fruit With Protein Shakes?
Of course! Fruits pack a punch of flavor and add a nutritional boost to your protein shakes. They’re a great way to up your daily intake of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Another bonus? They also serve as natural sweeteners!
Read on further to see some of my fave High-Protein Fruit Shakes below.
What Is In This Orange Protein Shake?
With only five simple ingredients, you can whip up this delicious and energizing shake in 4 quick minutes! (And this is just 295 calories, BTW.)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Almond milk (unsweetened): You can use your milk of choice, but this makes it vegan-friendly and compatible if you’re avoiding dairy.
- Orange: How can this flavor not cheer you up? You’re also getting cell repair, collagen boosting, and immunity benefits. Way to start your day!
- Banana (frozen): Another fave smoothie hack of mine that adds a creamy, ice cream-esque texture. I first started doing this in my chocolate banana nice cream recipe.
- Greek Yogurt (Full Fat): For that extra dose of protein and probiotics! Greek yogurt is terrific for dips, smoothies, soups, and anything that needs thickening (sans the heavy calories).
- Vanilla Protein Powder: Look for brands with minimal ingredients and zero fillers. I like using our cleanish Vanilla Bean flavor of course, with 20g of protein for an excellent boost.
What Happens When You Drink A Protein Shake Every Morning?
Having a protein shake every morning is an efficient way to drink your nutrients and fuel your body. From muscle repair to metabolism benefits, here’s what makes protein shakes perfect for your morning routine:
- Muscle repair and recovery: This is why I love having protein shakes after my morning workout. Eggs, almonds, and protein pancakes are also good choices.
- Boost metabolism: Building your lean muscle through protein also impacts your resting metabolism. It helps your body burn more fat even when you’re doing nothing!
- Reduce hunger: Protein is great for filling you up! Making sure you reach your protein intake helps you stay full. It also prevents you from snacking on food filled with sugar.
- Muscle growth: Protein helps with muscle growth (especially with exercise). Having lean muscle allows your body to burn more fat.
- Proper hormone function: Sufficient protein helps your body produce essential hormones such as insulin, estrogen, and thyroid hormones.
If you use protein powder to supplement foods like nuts, lean meat, and eggs, you’ll be all set. This is crucial if you don’t get enough protein in your diet, which is the case with many people. See Why Women Need To Eat More Protein, especially.
What Fruits Are Best For A Protein Shake?
Protein shakes can work with just about any type of fruit. Get creative with mixing and matching! You’ll soon come to learn what combos hit the spot for you.
You can start with these fruits:
- Banana Protein Shake
- Peach Protein Shake
- Strawberry Protein Shake (sweetened with honey & greek yogurt)
- Blueberry Protein Shake (Super thick and refreshing!)
- Banana Date Shake (one of my go-to faves)
For more ideas, check out my post on 5 High Protein Fruit Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss.
Pro tip: I love adding fruits to my shakes because you can freeze them and skip the ice. This adds a luxurious creamy texture to it.
How To Make An Orange Protein Shake?
This recipe is perfect for those busy mornings when you want something nourishing with a sweet citrus kick to it.
Here’s what you need to do:
- To blend everything: Add all your ingredients into your blender, starting with the milk. Depending on your blender’s settings, start with chop mode for the ice and frozen banana. Then puree the mixture to create a smooth, even consistency.
- To get a smooth and creamy consistency: You may skip the ice, following the other steps above. Once all other ingredients are combined, slowly add the ice, mix, and test. Continue to add more ice cubes until you get the consistency you want.
- In case it comes out too thick: Gradually add more almond milk.
More Protein Shakes And Smoothies
Power up on these energizing and equally delicious high-protein shake recipes. Mornings will never be the same with these:
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
- Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake
- Blueberry Muffin Protein Smoothie
- Pink Power Protein Beet Smoothie
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Shake
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Looking for a refreshing breakfast or post-workout treat that’s equally satisfying and nourishing? Power up your mornings with this delicious Orange Protein Shake! This post shares how to make it in just 4 minutes.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 orange, peeled and seeds removed
- 1 frozen banana if not frozen, use extra ice for thicker consistency
- 2 tbsp full fat greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I recommend this protein)
- ice I use about 6-10 ice cubes
Place all the ingredients into a blender, starting with the milk. Depending on your blender’s settings, first start on the chop mode to chop up the ice and frozen banana, followed by pureeing the mixture to create a smooth, even consistency.
In order to get your preferred consistency, you can also start by not adding any ice, following the other steps above. Once all other ingredients are mixed together, slowly add the ice, mix and then test. Continue to add more ice cubes until the desired consistency is met.
If too thick, you can add some more almond milk, little by little. If not sweet enough, add a little more yogurt.
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