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Best Weight Loss Protein Shakes for Women: Shake Up Your Diet!

By: Erin Coleman, B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.,

Writer, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

best weight loss protein shakes for women

Looking for the best weight loss protein shakes for women? You have numerous options that are both quick and easy to make!

Adding protein shakes to your diet can help you reach your goal weight by building or maintaining muscle, increasing your metabolism, and keeping you full with fewer calories.

You can drink them in place of a meal or choose a lower-calorie shake as a between-meal or post-workout snack.

But not all protein shakes are created equal!

Many store-bought ones contain added sugars, fillers, lots of preservatives, and empty calories.

There are some good premade protein shakes (like the ones found here), but when it comes to the best weight loss protein shakes for women, DIY is the route to take!

Here's how to unlock the power of protein — and some great protein shake recipes!

Protein is the key to weight loss and muscle building. Here’s what you need to know about protein powder.

How to Use Protein Shakes for Weight Loss

Studies show that protein is a nutrient that helps you maintain lean body mass, keeps you full for long time periods, and allows you to burn extra calories throughout the entire day.

Higher protein diets help reduce body fat so you can achieve the lean body you desire in no time.

When using protein shakes for weight loss, drink them in place of meals or between meals, depending on the quantity you drink and the calorie content of the shakes.

Weight loss calorie needs for women are usually about 1,200-1,500 calories per day.

Studies show that consuming three meals plus two snacks daily is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) and long-term weight loss maintenance.

Depending on your individual calorie needs and meal plan, this might equate to eating three 300 to 350-calorie meals plus two 200-calorie snacks each day.

To use protein shakes for weight loss, drink them in place of a meal or choose a lower-calorie shake as a between-meal or post-workout snack.

Adjust your portion size to meet calorie and weight loss goals.

A good rule of thumb is to drink weight loss shakes for women containing about 200-300 calories each.

What Are the Different Types of Protein Powder?

Various different protein powders are available for creating your own protein shakes at home.

Examples include:

  • Whey
  • Casein
  • Egg
  • Soy
  • Pea
  • Hemp
  • Rice
  • Protein blends

The source of protein isn’t the only thing that differentiates between the numerous protein powders often used for homemade protein shakes.

  • Protein concentrates contain mostly protein plus some carbohydrates and dietary fat.
  • Protein isolates contain about 90-95% protein after much of the carbohydrates and fat get removed.
  • Protein hydrolysates provide partially broken down proteins that are absorbed more quickly by the body.

When choosing protein powder for making homemade protein shakes for weight loss in women, pick a powder that’s free from or low in added sugar, preservatives, and other fillers.

Check the ingredient and nutrition facts label to learn more about what's in your favorite protein powder.

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The Best Weight Loss Protein Shakes for Women

Use the following protein shake recipes when you want to drop excess weight, stay lean, or have a convenient meal or snack that's loaded with essential nutrients when you’re on the go.

For each of the weight loss shake recipes below, simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend them together until the shake reaches a smooth consistency.

Ice is optional but can make your weight loss protein shake more refreshing!

Coffee Mocha Protein Shake

This mocha weight loss protein shake recipe helps energize you first thing in the morning and fills you up without the extra calories.

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 Scoop

Chocolate protein powder

100 calories 25 grams 1 gram 0 grams
2 Cups

Unsweetened chocolate almond milk

80 calories 2 grams 4 grams 6 grams
1/2 Cup

Black coffee

2 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
2 Teaspoons

Unsweetened cocoa powder

 

8 calories 0 grams 2 grams 0 grams
To taste

Stevia

0 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 190 calories 27 grams 7 grams 6 grams

Matcha Green Tea Protein Shake

This matcha green tea protein smoothie recipe gives you the boost of energy you desire from fat-burning caffeine, and antioxidants in it help fight chronic diseases and aging.

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 Scoop

Vanilla protein powder

100 calories 25 grams 1 gram 0 grams
2 Cups

Unsweetened plain almond milk

60 calories 2 grams 2 grams 5 grams
2 Teaspoons

Matcha green tea powder

20 calories 0 grams 1 gram 0 grams
1/2 Teaspoon

Vanilla extract

 

6 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
1/8 Cup

Avocado

30 calories 0 grams 2 grams 3 grams
1/2 Cup

Raw spinach

3 calories 0 grams 1 gram 0 grams
To taste

Stevia

0 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 219 calories 27 grams 7 grams 8 grams

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Weight loss shakes don’t have to taste boring or bland.

This chocolate peanut butter weight loss protein shake for women is as delicious as it is nutritious!

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 Scoop

Chocolate protein powder

100 calories 25 grams 1 gram 0 grams
2 Cups

Unsweetened plain almond milk

60 calories 2 grams 2 grams 5 grams
1 Teaspoon

Unsweetened cocoa powder

4 calories 0 grams 1 gram 0 grams
1/2 Tablespoon

Peanut butter

 

45 calories 2 grams 2 grams 4 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 209 calories 29 grams 6 grams 9 grams

Thin Mint Protein Shake

This thin mint weight loss protein shake recipe is refreshing and will curb your sweet tooth and appetite when weight loss for women is your goal.

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 Scoop

Chocolate protein powder

100 calories 25 grams 1 gram 0 grams
2 Cups

Unsweetened plain almond milk

60 calories 2 grams 2 grams 5 grams
1 Teaspoon

Unsweetened cocoa powder

4 calories 0 grams 1 gram 0 grams
1/2

Banana

 

53 calories 1 gram 13 grams 0 grams
1 Teaspoon

Peppermint extract

0 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 217 calories 28 grams 17 grams 5 grams

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Cherry Almond Protein Shake

Change things up with this cherry almond protein shake recipe when you’re in the mood for something that's sweet, energizing, and loaded with fiber and other essential nutrients.

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 Scoop

Vanilla protein powder

100 calories 25 grams 1 gram 0 grams
2 Cups

Unsweetened plain almond milk

60 calories 2 grams 2 grams 5 grams
1/4 Cup

Pitted cherries

24 calories 0 grams 6 grams 0 grams
1/2 Tablespoon

Almond butter

 

49 calories 2 grams 2 grams 4 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 233 calories 29 grams 11 grams 9 grams

 Banana Bread Protein Shake

The nutmeg in this banana bread protein shake recipe adds a boost of flavor to an already mouth-watering meal replacement.

Try it for yourself and watch the weight melt off!

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 Scoop

Vanilla protein powder

100 calories 25 grams 1 gram 0 grams
1 Cup

Unsweetened plain almond milk

30 calories 1 gram 1 gram 3 grams
1/2

Small banana

45 calories 1 gram 12 grams 0 grams
1/2 Container

Plain low-fat Greek yogurt

73 calories 10 grams 4 grams 2 grams
1/4 Teaspoon

Ground nutmeg

 

0 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
Dash

Splenda

0 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 248 calories 37 grams 18 grams 5 grams

 Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Try this pumpkin-flavored weight loss protein shake recipe in the fall or any time of year to spice things up a bit.

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 Scoop

Vanilla protein powder

100 calories 25 grams 1 gram 0 grams
2 Cups

Unsweetened plain almond milk

60 calories 2 grams 2 grams 5 grams
1/4 Cup

Pumpkin puree

20 calories 1 gram 5 grams 0 grams
1/2 Teaspoon

Vanilla extract

 

6 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
1 Teaspoon

Pumpkin pie spice

 

5 calories 0 grams 1 gram 0 grams
Dash

Splenda

0 calories 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 191 calories 28 grams 9 grams 5 grams

Triple Berry Protein Shake

Get in your daily dose of antioxidants with this nutritious triple berry weight loss protein shake recipe!

CALORIES PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATES FAT
1 1/2 Scoops

Vanilla protein powder

150 calories 38 grams 2 grams 0 grams
2 Cups

Unsweetened plain almond milk

60 calories 2 grams 2 grams 5 grams
1/8 Cup

Strawberries

7 calories 0 grams 2 grams 0 grams
1/8 Cup

Blueberries

 

11 calories 0 grams 3 grams 0 grams
1/8 Cup

Raspberries

 

8 calories 0 grams 2 grams 0 grams
1 Handful

Ice cubes

NA NA NA NA
TOTALS 236 calories 40 grams 11 grams 5 grams

You can adjust portion sizes as needed to increase or decrease the calorie content of your shake, based on your weight loss meal plan.

For example, you might consume a 300-calorie shake for a meal replacement or a 200-calorie protein drink as a between-meal snack.

Erin Coleman

Writer, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian with over 15 years of freelance writing experience.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her dietetic internship at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Prior to beginning her career in medical content writing, Erin worked as Health Educator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Internal Medicine.

Her published work appears on hundreds of health and fitness websites, and she’s currently working on publishing her first book! Erin is a wife, and a Mom to two beautiful children.

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