Whey protein is one of the best-researched performance supplements on the market. With an array of essential amino acids and other muscle-building compounds, whey is something you might want to start adding to your smoothie recipes.
This delicious chocolate whey protein powder is especially keto-friendly, with 15 grams of whey protein isolate from grass-fed cows, 19 grams of fat, and only 3 grams of carbs per serving.
With so much protein and fat, you’ll want to ditch your fruit smoothies and strawberry banana shake recipes for this blood sugar balancing whey protein smoothie.
Whether you’re looking for a regular meal replacement or a post-workout shake that supports muscle growth and recovery, this chocolate nut whey smoothie is for you.
This nutty protein smoothie is:
- Nut Buttery
- Silky Smooth
The main ingredients in this delicious smoothie include:
Optional additional ingredients:
- Cocoa Powder
- Flax seeds
- Hemp seeds
3 Health of Benefits of This Recipe
#1: Weight Management
Whey protein is famous for helping people maintain lean muscle mass and lose unwanted body fat. And that’s largely due to whey’s impressive amino acid profile.
Whey is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids, plus branch chain amino acids — or BCAAs — which are largely responsible for muscle growth.
Whey may help you feel more satisfied for longer, compared with carbohydrates, which can lead to weight loss[*]. And it may help improve body composition by helping you gain or maintain muscle while losing fat[*].
Nut butter, whether you’re using almond butter, macadamia butter, or a mix of several nuts, contains vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that provide a long-lasting, low carb source of energy.
Avocados also provide high-quality fats for energy, which will help fuel your workout or a long day at the office.
Even cocoa powder has been shown to support weight loss, with one study showing that chocolate consumption was linked to lower BMI[*].
#2: Supports Heart Health
Whey may also be good for your heart.
#3: Brain Booster
Nutrients from whey protein, nut butter, and avocados may also improve brain health.
Your brain needs amino acids to boost neurotransmitter production, which increases mental capacity and cognitive function.
Avocados are also loaded with nutrients that may improve brain health.
Chocolate Nut Butter Whey Smoothie
Most protein shake recipes contain inflammatory peanut butter or high-carb plain greek yogurt. Ditch all of that for this low-carb, high-fat shake that uses chocolate protein powder, nut butter or almond butter, and avocado, but tastes just like a peanut butter protein shake.
This recipe is quick and simple, using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Feel free to add some high-quality nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds to your breakfast shake for even more nutrient density.
Or, swap chocolate whey protein for vanilla whey protein powder and vanilla almond milk for a lighter, brighter taste.
You can even prep your breakfast smoothie the night before, for an easy grab and go treat in the morning.
Either way, you couldn’t ask for a simpler recipe to support your low-carb diet.Print
Chocolate Nut Butter Whey Smoothie
With 20 grams of protein, this tasty whey smoothie is one of the best protein shakes for a high-protein meal replacement or a post-workout treat.
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Add everything to a high-speed blender, blending until well-combined.
- top with a dollop of coconut cream and a dash of ground cinnamon if desired.
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 330
- Fat: 19g
- Carbohydrates: 12.5g (5g net)
- Fiber: 7.5g
Keywords: Whey Smoothie