Eating healthy while working from home can be a challenge. The refrigerator is only a few steps away, and the snacks and treats in your cupboards are an always-present temptation.

But if you want to keep your nutrition in check while working from home, then here is one strategy that can help – protein shakes. Protein-packed shakes and smoothies are great options for breakfasts, a quick mid-day snack, and a post-workout recovery option.

Although certain shake recipes can be real sugar bombs or contain too many calories, these Thorne recipes keep the ingredient list simple and the calorie count down – all while keeping you full.

And because they contain Thorne’s specially formulated protein and supplement powders, they also offer some additional benefits for your health.

How Can a Protein Shake Help? 

You don’t have to be a body-builder to enjoy the benefits of a protein shake. Protein is essential for life because it contains the raw materials that build our muscles, skin, hair, and nails. Protein also helps control satiety (the feeling of fullness). In fact, starting your day off with a protein-rich breakfast (such as a protein shake) can:

  • Jump-start metabolism by converting glucose and fat to energy instead of storing fat, as with a high carbohydrate breakfast.*
  • Help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.*
  • Promote a feeling of fullness, reduce feelings of hunger, and support healthy weight management when combined with exercise and a reduced-calorie diet.*

Four Basic and Simple Recipes

/  Basic Whey Protein Shake

  • 1 scoop Whey Protein Isolate (Chocolate or Vanilla)
  • 5-7 ounces water or liquid of choice (cow, coconut, cashew, or almond milk)

/  Basic Whey Protein + Fruit

  • 1 scoop Whey Protein Isolate (Chocolate or Vanilla)
  • 1 cup frozen fruit (organic berries or frozen bananas work best)
  • 8-10 ounces water or unsweetened coconut milk

Super whey protein recipes (2 servings in one shake – for those with increased protein needs or to share with someone else)

/  Whey Protein Blueberry Banana

  • 2 scoops of Thorne Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate
  • 16 ounces liquid of choice (milk, coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, water, soymilk) – I recommend almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of chia or flaxseed
  • 1 cup ice

/  Whey Protein Chocolate Almond

  • 2 scoops of Thorne Chocolate Whey Protein Isolate
  • 16 ounces liquid of choice (milk, coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, water, soy milk) – I recommend almond milk
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chia or flaxseed
  • 1 cup of ice

Two Detox Recipes

These next two recipes use Thorne’s MediClear-SGS, a flavored rice and pea protein powder with nutrients to support our 10-day or 21-day detox programs.  

/  Chocolate-Almond Delight 

  • 2 scoops of chocolate-flavored MediClear-SGS
  • 1 small banana (for a creamier shake, use a frozen banana broken into pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 10 ounces of water

/  Piña Colada


Three Recipes to Support your Metabolism 

These recipes are great for anyone interested in weight management support.* The recipes call for Thorne’s MediBolic, a vanilla-cinnamon blend of rice protein and pea protein along with a complete multi-vitamin/mineral complex. MediBolic also contains added soluble fiber and specific botanicals that promote a feeling of fullness, support healthy blood sugar, promote lean muscle mass, and enhance fat burning.*

/  Apple Pie 

  • 2 scoops MediBolic
  • 4 ounces unsweetened organic applesauce
  • 12-14 ounces water or milk (cow, coconut, cashew, or almond)

For an extra cold shake: Freeze single serving containers of apple sauce

/  Nutty Vanilla 

  • 2 scoops MediBolic
  • 1/4 cup cashews blended with 2 ounces of water until creamy
  • 12-14 ounces water or cashew milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

For a strawberry twist, add 1/4 cup organic strawberries

/  Greek Honey Yogurt 

  • 2 scoops MediBolic
  • 12-14 ounces spring water (or use a nut milk for a richer shake)
  • 3 tablespoons Greek honey yogurt or non-dairy substitute

If you prefer a shake twice daily without additional calories, then cut these MediBolic recipes in half and consume them twice daily (the way they are presented in the weight management program).

For more delicious MediBolic recipes, check out our free Weight Management Guide.


Three Vegan-Friendly Protein Recipes

If you want a plant-based shake solution, then we recommend making recipes with Thorne’s MediPro® Vegan. MediPro Vegan is an all-in-one shake that offers three vegan protein sources, six grams of fiber, a whole food complex consisting of nine fruits and vegetables, a complete multiple vitamin and mineral blend, digestive enzymes, and two probiotics.

/  Peaches & Cream

  • 2 scoops MediPro Vegan vanilla
  • 1 peach (fresh or frozen)
  • 10 ounces water or unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • Dash vanilla or almond extract (optional)

/  Super Green

  • 2 scoops MediPro Vegan vanilla
  • 1 handful baby spinach or kale
  • 1/2 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 10 ounces water

/  Peanut Butter Chocolate

  • 2 scoops MediPro Vegan chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 10 ounces Water

Do you have a favorite protein shake recipe? Share your favorite with us @thorneresearch on Instagram and use the hashtag #onlyThorne to have your favorite featured on our page.


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