Protein intake is a popular subject with our SGS community, particularly adding protein to shakes or smoothies. This Chocolate Banana Protein Shake is the creme de la creme, when it comes to a tasty, protein-packed simple shake.
Can I really make a protein shake at home?
You sure can! And it’ll taste way better than one you’d buy on your way home from the gym. With so many of us trying to eat healthier while living in this crazy busy modern day life, employing the use of a protein shake can easily replace a meal or be used as a snack.
Even if you’re not short on time, a protein shake or smoothie is still a great meal replacement option. It’s pretty amazing what you can pack into a smoothie— like superfoods, or even mushrooms like Four Sigmatic.
( You might know about Four Sigmatic from our Adrenal Fatigue Mushroom Smoothie we shared a few months ago. )
Mushroom protein powder = magic
Now before you say, “mushrooms in a shake???” Let me explain. Certain types of mushrooms are adaptogens. Adaptogens are substances that aid the body and mind in adapting to and managing stress.
Stress over a long period of time can cause what’s known as adrenal fatigue. This is one of the most common struggles of the American mom, which is why we’ve made a green smoothie for it too. The adrenal glands excrete chemicals (like hormones) that help our bodies and minds deal with stress. If you’ve been stressed out before (who hasn’t?) then you’ll recognize the list of physical and mental symptoms that accompany stress:
One of our team members, Lindsey, just started back to college and uses this shake to thrive. By boosting it with Four Sigmatic Superfood Protein Powder, it’s possible to enjoy breakfast during her morning commute to fuel her brain and body as she powers through her math and health science classes. (She’s also hoping that her classmates will ask her about her daily smoothie so she can share all about her love of smoothies. Ha!)
Four Sigmatic asked us to give this new protein powder a try. We couldn’t refuse – you all know how much we love testing out protein powders in our recipes.
We only recommend products we personally love and feel our community can benefit from. That’s one reason why we love Four Sigmatic products— they back our plant-powered passion.
We love and use Four Sigmatic Protein Powder. Guys, it’s seriously awesome. Yet, there was a time when I dreamed of creating my own powder. Remember how I always encourage you to eat whole, plant-based foods to fuel your passions? Well eating this way and dreaming big led me to fulfilling my protein powder dreams! Read more about my journey to Protein Smoothie Boost here.
How to make a Chocolate Protein Shake
To make this plant-powered thick and delicious shake, all you need are a few ingredients:
- Almond Milk: plant-based milk
- Bananas: one of the easiest ways to flavor and thicken a shake
- Dates: these natural sweeteners are rich in fiber
- Cacao powder: this adds a rich chocolate flavor and a little caffeine to rev your engine
- Plant-Based Protein Powder: boost your protein intake to
Now, if you wanna make this Chocolate Banana Protein Shake real fancy like we did for this photoshoot, you can drizzle it with these additional superfoods:
- Almond butter
- Hemp hearts
- Cacao nibs
Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.
- Place ingredients, except for toppings, into the jar of a blender. Puree until smooth. Add ice to make smoothie colder, if desired.
- Divide between two glasses or jars. Top each with a drizzle of almond butter and sprinkle with hemp hearts and cacao nibs. Drink immediately.
- Nutrition info doesn’t include optional toppings, which will add another ~100 calories per serving.
Keywords: mushroom protein, adaptogens, banana, cocoa, almond, almond milk, protein smoothie, workout smoothie
- Panossia, A. and Wikman, G. (2010) Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity. Pharmaceuticals (Basel).
- Lian-ying Liao, Yi-fan He, Hong Meng, Yin-mao Dong, Fan Yi, Pei-gen Xiao Chin. A preliminary review of studies on adaptogens: comparison of their bioactivity in TCM with that of ginseng-like herbs used worldwide Med.