. Protein Coffee: The Perfect Blend for a Healthy Start

Protein Coffee: The Perfect Blend for a Healthy Start

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As moms with diabetes, we know the struggle of finding quick and nutritious breakfasts that keep us energized throughout busy mornings. We crave that delicious morning latte, but worry about the crash or spike in blood sugar that may result. But what if you could combine your morning caffeine kick with a protein boost that will also leave your blood sugar smooth sailing? Protein coffee is a delicious and healthy solution, and it might be the perfect blend to jumpstart your day!

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You only need two ingredients!


  • Brew espresso and let sit for 5 minutes to come to room temperature. These pods are my favorite to use in my Nespresso machine!
  • Pour protein shake in glass and pour espresso shot into protein shake.
  • Stir and enjoy!


You can create different variations to suit your taste by using various flavors of protein shakes. Popular protein shake flavors include chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, or cold brew coffee flavor which can be mixed into either regular or decaf espresso.

For an extra flavor twist, consider using flavored espresso options like hazelnut, caramel, or vanilla instead of plain. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even experiment by blending your protein coffee with ice for a chilled and refreshing protein iced coffee similar to a frappuccino.


How much caffeine is in protein coffee?

The amount of caffeine will vary depending on what type of espresso you are using. In general, one shot of espresso contains around 64 mg of caffeine.

Can you use protein powder instead of a ready to drink protein shake?

Yes, you can use protein powder instead of a ready-to-drink protein shake in protein coffee. Make sure to add a scoop of protein to at least 4 ounces of your liquid of choice such as almond milk and mix well using a shaker bottle or electric frother.

Is protein coffee best consumed as a meal or a snack?

You can consume protein coffee as a meal, part of a meal, or as a snack – whatever you prefer! I have been enjoying mine in the afternoon with a shot of decaf espresso lately.

Can I add ice to my protein coffee?

You can add ice to your protein coffee but it may water it down. I prefer letting the espresso cool off a bit before adding it to the protein shake and not using any ice.

Can I add additional espresso shots?

Absolutely! Make it a single, double, or triple if you are in need of more caffeine!

Image of high protein coffee in a mason jar next to OWYN protein shake.

Protein Coffee

The easiest two-ingredient low carb protein coffee.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 1
Calories 180 kcal


  • 1 Shot Brewed espresso
  • 1 Ready to drink protein shake I used a vanilla OWYN Protein Shake for this recipe


  • Brew espresso and let sit for 5 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • Pour protein shake in a glass and pour the espresso over the protein shake.
  • Stir and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
  • Calories: 180
  • Total Fat: 7 g
  • Sodium: 270 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 20 g
Keyword coffee, diabetes-friendly, Easy, High protein, low-carb

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