5 Holiday Inspired Protein Shakes You Can Make This Holiday Season



This time of year it seems everyone in the food and beverage industry is creating some sort of holiday flavored speciality.

In my opinion, this is the best time of the year for food.

Egg nog is slowly beginning to creep into the stores. While the beer shelves are stocked again with the sweet, dark, heavy goodness that are stouts, the choice of beer that marks a sign of a true man.

Luckily, we still have pumpkin flavored lattes floating around until at least February.

Pumpkin flavored things rule and I will go full on “white-girl mode” for pumpkin flavored beverages. Stop dissing them and give pumpkin beverages the respect they deserve!

As you sip on your favorite holiday beer, latte, or slurp down that delicious egg nog milkshake, imagine for a second how amazing those flavors would be in a post-workout shake?

That’s not your brain freezing from slurping too fast on that egg nog milkshake.

That is your mind exploding at the thought of an egg nog protein shake, perhaps you thought about a shake that reminds you of grandma’s gingerbread men, or maybe you’re like me and your mind went straight to pumpkin pie.

Enjoy tasting these manly holiday inspired post-workout shake recipes.

Candy Gainz Protein Shake

This candy cane inspired protein shake not only tastes like memories of your childhood, but it builds stronger, sexier muscle, something Santa can’t leave in your stocking.

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk)

1 scoop of Vanilla protein

3-5 drops of peppermint extract (don’t go overboard here, it is strong)

A Handful of ice cubes

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until combined. Pour into a glass and stir with a candy cane if you have one, or drink it immediately.


Egg Nog Protein Shake

There is a chain of burger places where I am from in NC called Cook-Out. They are slowly spreading their milkshake goodness around the US but hands down there is no better milkshake in America.

Their egg nog milkshake in December turns me my winter bulk on its head each year.

I am determined to not gain mounds of fat this December from them so instead I will be using this recipe for post workout shakes.

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

8 ounces of Egg Nog

4-6 ounces of unsweetened almond milk (or 4 ounces of skim milk)

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

*You can make your own homemade egg nog if you so choose. I prefer to buy it because I’m lazy*


Powerful Pumpkin Protein Shake

Pumpkin rules and I don’t care what anyone says.

If I am the only bro living who admits he loves pumpkin lattes, then so be it, but I am confident I am not alone. Adding pumpkin flavors to a protein shake helps you build better looking muscles than non-pumpkin drinking bros. It’s science, trust me I read it online.

12 ounces of almond or skim milk

⅓ cup of Pumpkin puree

1 scoop of Vanilla Protein

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A handful of Ice Cubes (optional)


Gingerbread Flavored Protein Shake

Gingerbread might be the one thing that reminds me more of the Holidays than anything else. Why not combine the power of that memory with protein post workout?

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

8-12 ounces of unsweetened almond milk (or 8 ounces of skim milk)

1 teaspoon of molasses/maple syrup

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 teaspoon Ground Cloves

1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg


Fruitcake Protein Shake

Fruitcake is probably one of the most made cakes during the holidays. So why not take turn it into a muscle building protein shake and get them holiday gainz!

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

8-12 ounces of unsweetened almond milk (or 8 ounces of skim milk)

1 handful frozen cherries

1 handful frozen mangos

1 handful frozen cranberries

1 handful dried currants

1 teaspoon of molasses/maple syrup

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon Brown Sugar

1 handful frozen cherries

1 tablespoon pecans

Winter is coming but that does not mean you need to sacrifice flavor in your post workout shakes. Give these manly holiday protein recipes a try and make some serious gains before 2016.

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