When I started doing one cheat meal per week, the week seemed longer than ever! Waiting for that special treat after a long week of healthy eating can be excruciating, but it doesn’t have to be. Try these delicious protein shakes to satisfy your cravings and carry you over to your next cheat meal without binging on junk food in between!
1 Paleo Brownie Batter
I bet you've never put avocado in your brownies! But this smoothie incorporates your favorite super food to add creaminess to this cheat-meal-like recipe! This brownie batter shake is chocolatey, creamy, and packed full of protein and nutrients. What more could you look for in a protein shake? As a bonus, it's even paleo! So regardless of your dietary restrictions, this recipe should work for you.
2 Cinnamon Roll
Walking past Cinnabon in the mall always tempts me to have an early cheat day, but now I can satisfy that craving at home! Plus, cinnamon helps improve your metabolism, so instead of fattening you up, this cinnamon roll substitute actually slims you down.
3 Salted Caramel Mocha
Are you missing your favorite Starbucks drink? Don't worry, you don't have to fully give that up! Dark chocolate is good for you, and coffee only has five calories per serving. Knowing that, there's nothing wrong with indulging in this healthy copycat mocha.
4 Birthday Cake
Who are we celebrating? You of course, for making it this far with your new meal plan! But a celebration isn't a celebration without cake!
5 Cookies and Cream
Ask any of my friends what my favorite food is and they'll tell you it's an Oreo milkshake. Now apparently I can have one for breakfast and not feel guilty? This is great news! Even the topping that looks like chocolate sauce is a guilt-free combo of cocoa powder and coconut oil!
6 Apple Pie
I always try to convince myself that apple pie is healthy because it has apples... While that may be a total lie, this protein shake is not! Here's a recipe for a healthy alternative to your favorite autumn treat. Greek yogurt and protein powder will keep you full and help you build muscle, the cinnamon will boost your metabolism, and the apples will remind you of your mom's amazing apple pie recipe!
7 Carrot Cake
Another classic dessert you may be missing is carrot cake! I've tried carrot cake smoothies at one of my favorite vegan cafes and loved it, so I'm excited to start making my own!
8 Blueberry Cheesecake
This protein shake will taste like your indulging in dessert, but has some nutritional qualities too. Obviously the protein powder gives you energy and is important for many aspects of your health. Even in decadent form, blueberries are a great source of antioxidants, which help ward off all sorts of health conditions. You're going to love this one!
9 Red Velvet
There really isn't anything more indulgent than red velvet. The flavor is having a moment right now, which means you'll see it in just about anything. This protein shake is delicious, but is so much healthier than a piece of red velvet cake. When you're looking for something decently healthy that tastes like your cheat day, this is the one for you.
10 Bananas Foster
You know that bananas are a great choice with all of their protein and fiber, but they also have a sweet flavor that melds with the caramely goodness of this protein shake to create something that tastes heavenly, but that is actually pretty good for you. Bananas add a really smooth consistency to your shake too so this one is a great choice!
Eating healthy shouldn't be torturous. In fact, your quality of life should improve when you start nourishing your body and limiting unhealthy meals. I hope this article helps you do just that! Do you have any other mouthwatering recipes for protein shakes?