Is there anything better than an ice-cold protein shake after a hard and hot workout? I don’t think so, especially not if it’s this delicious iced Low-Carb Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake.
It only takes a minute to make from ingredients I always have in the kitchen and it has as much high-quality protein as any shake or smoothie you could buy.
A protein shake without protein powder
I love getting my protein from natural sources rather than protein powder when possible. I do use protein powder for the shakes I drink at the gym (and I love baking with it), but nothing beats a freshly made shake of egg whites, coffee, and cocoa powder!
The whipped egg whites have a consistency like silky whipped cream and the finished shake tastes like a mix between a coffee protein shake and a decadent chocolate dessert 😀
The perfect pre-workout shake
I will often have a Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake just before my workout. The caffeine is a great energy boost and the protein is just what my muscles need to grow and recover during and after a hard workout.
On days when I am not working out, it’s also a great alternative to a normal iced coffee, especially on a hot day.
Choose your favorite healthy shake
I have a homemade protein shake for every occasion. While this Chocolate Coffee Protein Shake is my favorite low-carb shake, I often go for a shake with more carbs instead to refill my glucagon reserves after a resistance workout.
Here are three delicious options for your workout shake (or just a quick snack) in order of how many carbs they have:
- 4 egg whites (186 g) – use pasteurized liquid egg whites
- ½ tsp. instant coffee
- 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp. Stevia
- 4 large ice cubes
Blend 2 egg whites, ½ tbsp. stevia, coffee, cocoa, and 4 ice cubes until it has the consistency of slush ice.
In a separate glass, blend the remaining egg whites and ½ tbsp. stevia until they are stiff and fluffy.
Pour the slush ice blend into a high glass and top off with the whipped egg whites.
Sprinkle a little cocoa powder on top.