Homemade Protein Shakes…Raspberry and Beetroot…


I think this time of year always gets most of us thinking that better weather and longer days are on the way and also the excesses of the festive season sometimes weigh a bit heavy …we are finding we are wearing our Jim jams or joggers more often than our jeans or trousers/skirts(with) a fixed waistband and no elastic to give us a helping hand…

Couple that with the quarantine and restrictions put in place last year and for some they are still in place I know my thoughts are turning to the fact I need to move more and eat less of certain foods…too many comfort foods have been the name of the game… it all adds up…

This time of year also means that all the new diets appear and what promises lies they tell…Nothing will make you lose belly fat or any other fat that quickly and keep it off unless you are following an extremely restricted diet…

Doing more exercise also turns our thoughts and our thirst to drinks…Water is my go-to drink when I am exercising …If you are doing high-intensity workouts then it may be that your friends or the gym you attend tell you to take a protein drink to help decrease body fat or promote weight loss, but protein shakes aren’t a magic bullet for weight loss.

Replacing meals with protein shakes may help you reduce your daily calories, which can help you lose weight. They are also costly and may make you gain weight…

Which means choose wisely ..do your research…

It may be high in added sugars and calories. Some protein powders have little added sugar, and others have a lot (as much as 23 grams per scoop).

Some protein powders wind up turning a glass of milk into a drink with more than 1,200 calories. The risk: weight gain and an unhealthy spike in blood sugar.

The answer…How about making your own?

I know many people who exercise who take these… So I thought I would do a little research and make my own… Cost-wise it is a no-brainer against the cost of some most Protein powders I made one today and it was nice…It tasted good..my son was my guinea pig/taste tester and has been a protein drink customer in the past and it got the thumbs up from him.

The protein shake is 3/4 cup of liquid and 1/3 cup of your main protein…


Coconut milk or water or Soya milk… It is important to get the right balance not what liquid you choose.


Greek yoghurt, Silken tofu, nut butter i.e raw cashews ( which) require soaking overnight to soften.

Extra proteins:-

Chia seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax or whole oats.

Today I made a Raspberry Protein shake and for an extra boost could have used chia seeds.

Raspberry Protein shake.

Raspberry Protein Shake


  • 3/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup of Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 medium beetroot(raw) peeled and diced.
  • 1 tbsp honey ( optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds ( optional)

Let’s, Blitz!

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful colour and it tasted very nice not too sweet and I did add honey.  Having never had a protein drink I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great BUT I drink them anyway…Really! Why would you?

Personally, I like to drink something which tastes pleasant.

Thank you for dropping in I hope you have enjoyed the post and I would love to hear from you in comments…I love to chat…Love Carol x


21 thoughts on “Homemade Protein Shakes…Raspberry and Beetroot…

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  4. koolkosherkitchen

    That’s a great protein shake, dear Carol, and for those who do not use dairy products, soy and coconut yogurts are available. I also add a sprinkle of sugarless cocoa powder, just to make it more interesting LOL.

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  5. johnrieber

    Carol, here in the US we are inundated with pre-made “health” drinks of all kinds…most have so many additives…your call to make your own is the way to go – as with all cooking, when you control your ingredients YOU CONTROL YOUR INGREDENTS!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Absolutely, John I just wish more people would stop counting calories and start counting chemicals in their food the world would be a far healthier place…Have a great Sunday 🙂 x

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  6. Erica/Erika

    Your title immediately caught my attention, Carol. I am always on the lookout for new Smoothie recommendations. A great point on choosing protein powders wisely. I just finished adding some chia and hemp to mine this morning. I find I alternate my ingredients. I have not added raspberries yet. You have inspired me with the photo and ingredients in your shake. Thank you for a great post! A good way to start my morning.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hello. Erika lovely to hear from you… I am happy you liked one of my favourite smoothies…Like you I vary my fruit and protein although I do generally stick to greek yoghurt. Have a lovely week and enjoy your morning smoothies 🙂 x

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  7. petespringerauthor

    I’m fairly skeptical of commercial protein and recovery drinks, although I have tried them before. If they taste good, they are usually loaded with sugar. Many of them taste awful. As you recommend, check the ingredients. Water is a much safer bet. I am intrigued about making my own, and I may give this a try.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree water or a homemade one is better on so many levels…Like you I am a born skeptic I trust no one with my food or drinks…Have a great week, Pete…Just published U …nearly at the end 🙂 x

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  8. bernlag

    The photo of the drink is beautiful and as Pete said, it is so cold here that a cold meal has no appeal. Do you have any recipes for hot protein drinks?

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  9. beetleypete

    This weather doesn’t make me think of protein shakes and being healthy. It makes me think of how nice red wine is to take the edge off of the dullness, and how much a custard doughnut can cheer me up! 🙂 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      All of that , Pete when it is cold…I forget sometimes that not everyone is warm like me however when you are exercising no matter what the weather outside you need a cold drink 🙂 x


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