Often I'll enjoy a delicious protein shake after a strength training session. My go-to flavors are chocolate peanut butter and mint chocolate chip, but sometimes I'm in the mood for something a little different.
With St. Patrick's Day on the horizon, and with visions of shamrocks dancing in my head, a pistachio protein shake came to mind.
I've seen pistachio shake recipes on bodybuilding websites, but every one I've ever encountered uses powdered pistachio pudding mix to flavor and color the drink. I'm not a fan of artificial chemical concoctions, so I wondered if I could create a tasty green shake using only natural ingredients. The answer is a resounding "yes"!
Pistachios lend a subtle nutty flavor to the shake and a delicate shade of green. I added a handful of baby spinach for a more intense color, and a frozen banana for texture and sweetness.
Added bonus, this recipe definitely qualifies as one of my #5MinuteRecipes!
Pistachio Banana Protein Shake Recipe
Ingredients:1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)
1/3 cup pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup spinach leaves, with stems removed
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I like Syntha 6 Vanilla Ice Cream flavor)
1 frozen banana
Directions:Place milk, pistachios and spinach leaves into blender and process until smooth. Add protein powder and frozen banana, Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
Do you drink protein shakes? What's your favorite flavor?