Celebrity chef Robert Irvine shares his go-to protein shake for energy and muscle-building

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine shares his go-to protein shake for energy and muscle-building
Celebrity chef Robert Irvine is a fitness enthusiast and always travels with supplies to make protein shakes, like a peanut butter, banana, and almond blend for after his workouts.Courtesy of Robert Irvine/Farion O/Getty Images
  • Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine said he travels with a blender to make protein shakes on the go.
  • One of his recipes is a peanut butter banana shake he likes to have after a workout.

When Chef Robert Irvine packs for a trip, you'd better believe he's bringing some personal food prep tools along for the ride, whether he's on his way to film a hit Food Network show or tackle a 54-mile hike for military charities.

The 58-year-old Royal Navy vet told Business Insider that he eats every two and a half hours to keep his muscles and metabolism strong.

But getting enough nutrients to fuel daily workouts while traveling 345 days of the year requires a little planning.

"I carry protein powder and a blender with me all the time," Irvine said (his brand sells a portable personal blender that allows users to make shakes directly in a drinking bottle.)

One of his favorite recipes is a high-protein shake with banana and peanut butter. To make it, blend together:


  • ½ cup peanut butter protein powder (Irvine uses his own brand, FITCRUNCH — you can also try other flavors)

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds

  • half a banana

  • 1 cup low-fat milk

In total, the shake packs 44 grams of protein and just over 400 calories — it's worth noting if you're not a buff chef eating more than 4,000 calories a day, you can modify the portions to suit your own calorie goals.

The shake provides a balance of carbs for energy with protein to build muscle and fats to help you feel full, making it perfect for recharging after a workout on a busy schedule, according to Irvine.

"I love this one for an easy post-workout meal. It's got plenty of protein from the whey, plus the peanut butter and almonds give you even more protein and healthy fats," he said.