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Almond Protein Shake

Almond protein shake is prepared by adding whole or powdered almonds in the basic protein shake recipe. Or you can simply use almond protein powder available in the market for enjoying a flavorful shake.
Incorporating more protein in the daily diet with reduced carbohydrate and fats is a popular weight loss strategy. The objective behind this is to promote lean muscle growth, while burning unnecessary fats. If you have been suggested to follow the same, a simple way is to drink protein shakes.
For homemade protein shakes, you can purchase protein powders available in the health food stores. You can use low-fat milk or water as the liquid base along with additional ingredients to suit your taste.
A tasty version of protein shake is prepared by adding almonds in the recipe ingredients. Being nuts, almonds contain fats in high amounts. But the impressive part is, a bulk of isolated fats are of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated types, which are essential fatty acids.
In case you are concerned about adding high calorie nuts in protein shakes, use almond protein powder to serve flavorful drinks. Here are some recipes for protein shakes with almond, which you can try for your weight loss program.

Almond Protein Shake with Raisins

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1½ cups of soy milk
  • 20 skinless almonds
  • ¼ cup of raisins
Preparation Method
This easy-to-make soy protein shake is tasty, and people who have lactose intolerance problems can enjoy having it. 
As per your preference, you can substitute soy milk with the same amount of low-fat milk.In a blender, add protein powder, soy milk, almonds and raisins.
Mix on high for 20 seconds, and pour in individual serving glasses. Some people prefer adding a scoop of peanut butter in the protein shake. But it is optional and the choice of using this fatty ingredient is up to you.

Chocolate Almond Protein Shake

Ingredients
  • 16 ounces skim milk
  • 2 servings of chocolate protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Chopped silver almonds (for topping)
  • Some ice cubes
Preparation Method
This cold almond flavored protein shake is perfect for serving during hot summer months. You can select any brand of chocolate protein powder for the recipe. But, ensure that it contains negligible amounts of sugar, carbohydrate and fats.
In an electric mixer, add skim milk, chocolate protein powder and extract. Set the mixer at high and blend the mixture for 30 seconds. Add some ice cubes and continue mixing for another minute. Pour this into two serving glasses, and top with silvered almonds just before serving.

Almond and Apricot Protein Shake

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons ground almond
  • 3 fresh apricots
  • 1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder
  • ⅔ cup cold semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
Preparation Method
In this recipe, fresh apricots are added. After removing seeds, add apricot flesh in the electric mixer along with almond, apple juice, protein powder, milk and vanilla extract. Blend for 1 - 2 minutes on low. Pour in a glass and serve.
If you prefer serving it cold, you can add a handful of ice cubes to the glass before pouring protein shake. Either way this protein shake enriched with almonds and apricots tastes delicious.

Almond Protein Shake with Oatmeal

Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2 scoops vanilla flavored protein
  • 12 ounces low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • ⅛ cup maple syrup (preferably grade B)
  • 3 dashes of cinnamon
Preparation Method
Over here, the nutrients of protein powder and almonds are augmented with fiber rich oatmeal, giving a healthy treat for dieters. First of all, cook the dry oatmeal in water and allow it to cool down.
Add cooked oatmeal, protein powder, milk, chopped almonds, maple syrup and cinnamon in a food processor. Blend mixture for 2 minutes on low setting to make a consistently thick, foamy shake. Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately.
By making almond protein shake, you can reap the benefits of healthy fats and proteins from a single drink. Likewise, use low-fat fruits, other nuts and flavorings in the basic protein shakes for weight loss. This will increase nutritional value of the shakes as well as make them more palatable.