What’s The BEST Liquid Base For A Protein Shake?

Your liquid base can make or break your smoothie – in taste, and also in caloric content. You can walk into a smoothie shop, and depending on what you order, your liquid base will help determine whether that smoothie is a 150-calorie snack or a 1,000-calorie mega-meal. That’s one of the reasons I love to make mine at home.

My go-to base is unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk – of if I’m looking for an extra energy boost, I’ll go for unsweetened iced green tea. They provide the same creamy texture as regular milk, but without all the unwanted saturated fat (and, for the lactose-sensitive, digestion issues).

Possible options:

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Unsweetened coconut milk
  • Unsweetened cashew milk
  • Unsweetened green tea
  • Half unsweetened green tea, half water
  • Half water, half unsweetened coconut water
  • Unsweetened almond milk with a splash of Bahkti Chai

Chocolate Raspberry Energizing Smoothie Recipe

1 C. green tea *A spark of caffeine makes this the perfect morning energy boost!*
1 serving chocolate protein powder – I recommend the Kathy Smith Protein Shake
1/2 C. frozen raspberries
1/4 avocado
1 Tbsp Barlean’s omega-3 pomegranate swirl
Handful of ice

Steep green tea, then chill. Place in protein powder, raspberries, avocado, pomegranate swirl, and ice. Blend for 30 seconds and enjoy!


I consider myself a pro when it comes to protein shakes. Years ago, I began training for a marathon and the workouts were intense! In order to keep my training program at its peak, I needed something to give me extra energy and muscle-repairing nutrients. So I began drinking protein shakes each day. What a difference it made! Decades later, one of my secrets to living a vibrant, healthy life is having a protein shake on a regular basis. It’s a simple thing to do, but it has energizing effects! I’m excited to share this key to optimal health by introducing a protein shake I know is clean, natural, and delicious…Introducing the KATHY SMITH PROTEIN SHAKE!