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Energy Rich Drink Recipes (Alternatives to Boost/Ensure)

You can boost your diet by drinking high calorie protein drinks. These drinks can be useful too when your appetite is poor. It is easy to make your own energy-filled drinks using milk or a milk alternative product.

We’ve provided some popular flavor combinations below. However, using the high-protein milk as a base, you can create your own flavor combinations. The sky’s the limit!

Basic High-Protein Milk Recipe (Makes 4 Cups)

This high-protein milk can be used to make the recipes detailed below. You will likely find powdered milk in the baking aisle at your preferred grocery store.

  • 1 Quart 2% milk
  • 1 Cup powdered non-fat dry milk

Blend and chill for at least 6 hours.

Nutritional Information: 1 Cup – 242 calories and 20 grams of protein

Note: This recipe can be made with lactose-free milk or soymilk instead of 2% milk. Soymilk is not technically milk; it is a liquid extract of soybeans. Since it does not contain any lactose, soymilk often is used as a substitute for people with lactose intolerance. And, because it is derived from a plant source, it is also a popular cow’s milk substitute.

Soymilk also gets good marks for healthfulness, especially for its protein content. Soymilk contains the most protein of all the nondairy alternatives, with [6 to] 10 g per cup, and it also contains omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. And most are fortified with calcium, riboflavin, and vitamins A, D, and B12.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate

  • 1 Cup Basic High-Protein Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1 t. honey

Nutritional Information: 1 Cup – 315 calories and 20.7 grams of protein

Peanut Butter and Banana

  • 1 Cup Basic High-Protein Milk
  • ½ Banana (frozen and sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp. PB2 powered peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1 t. Cinnamon

Nutritional Information: 1 Cup – 353 calories and 21.4 grams of protein

Strawberries and Banana

  • 1 Cup Basic High-Protein Milk
  • ½ Banana (frozen and sliced)
  • 1 Cup strawberries

Nutritional Information: 1 Cup – 348 calories and 21.7 grams of protein

Ginger Spice Milk

  • 1 Cup Basic High-Protein Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Almond Butter
  • 2 tsp. Grated Ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Grated Nutmeg
  • ½ c. Baby spinach

Nutritional Information: 1 Cup – 458 calories and 25.3 grams of protein

Mixed Berry

  • 1 Cup Basic High-Protein Milk
  • ½ c. Blueberries
  • ½ c. Blackberries
  • ½ c. Strawberries
  • 2 Pitted Dates

Nutritional Information: 1 Cup – 363 calories and 22 grams of protein


  • 1 Cup Basic High-Protein Milk
  • 1 Cup Mango Frozen (diced)
  • ½ C. Greek Yogurt

Nutritional Information: 1 Cup – 414 calories and 32.3 grams of protein