Hello Everybody, The spring season is coming; I know it snowed just a couple of weeks ago and it is still a little chilly outside, but warmer weather is coming! I won't jinx it and say that Spring is here until the next time you hear from me, but Spring is here :)

This time around in Chris' Kitchen, we all wanted to share some of our protein shake recipes, both original and discovered from cookbooks and blogs.

I LOVE protein shakes! For a person with a serious sweet tooth, my protein shakes provide me with not just my nutritional needs; they also provide a healthy alternative to an unhealthy snack. Here are a few of my go-to’s.

Chris’s go-to daily protein shakes

Pre-Workout Shake

· 2 Scoops of Sun Warrior Vanilla Rice Protein

· 3 Tbsp of Potato Starch

· 1 Tbsp of Athletic Greens (Greens Supplement)

· 1 cup of Unsweetened Coconut Milk

· 6 oz of Unsweetened Almond Milk

· 3 oz of Coconut Water

I place everything into my Blender Bottle in the order listed above and shake for thirty seconds and slam it back, heavy lifting to follow.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter Post-Workout Shake

· 1 Scoop of Sun Warrior Chocolate Rice Protein

· 1 Serving (2 Scoops) of BioTrust Low Carb Chocolate Protein

· ¼ cup Frozen Black Cherry's

· 1 Tbsp of Almond Butter

· 3 Tbsp of Potato Starch

· 1 cup of Unsweetened Coconut Milk

· 1 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk

Combine all ingredients in your Vitamix or blender, cover, blend, and enjoy. I make my shakes the night before and place them in a blender bottle. I find that the flavors meld together over night. If you are making this directly after your workout, add about a cup of ice for a really cold treat.

My nighttime shake is usually the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie you can find right here: http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/sidessoupsdrinks/pumpkin-pie-smoothie/

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Carmen’s go-to daily protein shakes

The Vitamin Cocktail

· Huge handful of baby spinach

· 2 of cups water

· 1 Serving of Athletic Greens

· 1 Serving of coconut oil or full fat canned coconut milk

· 1 Serving of frozen blueberries

· 2 servings of chocolate protein powder

The Sweet and Salty Hulk

· Handful of baby spinach

· 2 cups of water

· 2 kale leaves stripped from stalk

· 3-4 Clementine’s

· 1 Serving of mixed roasted and salted nuts

· 5 ice cubes

· 2 servings of chocolate or vanilla protein powder

*Tip: Blend the vegetables first to avoid any clumpiness in the shake. Then add the more dense items (fruits/nuts) and blend again. Lastly, add in the protein powder. If the recipe calls for ice, add it in last to get the consistency you desire.

Emilie’s go-to daily protein shakes

Monkey’s Milk

· 1 scoop of vanilla protein

· ½ cup of frozen berries

· 2 handfuls of spinach

· 1 Cup of almond milk

· 1 banana

(Optional add-ons: 1 tablespoon almond butter)

Cucumber Delight

· 1 scoop of vanilla protein

· 1 Cup of cantaloupe

· ½ cucumber

· 2 handfuls of kale

· 1 cup of almond milk or water

I LOVE training hard and eating clean. Actually, WE LOVE training and eating clean. That's why you don't see huge differences in our shake ingredients, we only throw in the necessities and keep out the crap. Enjoy the protein shake recipes and have a great Spring season, your summer body is right around the corner.

Please feel free to share you go-to protein shakes by commenting below. I'd love to try out one of yours!

Chris