Bruce Lee Protein Shake

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To many it comes a surprise Bruce Lee was more than just an action star – he was a true pioneer in the field of fitness and athletics! Lee was systematic and thorough in all that he did, including his nutrition. While Bruce Lee did not invent the protein shake, he did incorporate it into his diet to be able to better recover from his hours of daily training. He also decided to incorporate high-protein foods to be mixed with his protein powder to obtain more complete protein nutrition.

Protein shake supplementation had already began to be popular by Bruce Lee’s time, however many early shakes did include soy (in all forms). It’s interesting to note that Bruce Lee didn’t incorporate soy into his mixture.

It’s also interesting to note his incorporating whole foods in addition to just drinking a single type of pure powdered protein. Powdered milk, raw eggs, and wheat germ all contain different types of protein, which would provide a more complete delivery of nutrients to the body versus ingesting only one type (ie. just whey protein isolate).

As long as you train smart and eat correctly, protein shakes shouldn’t need to be a large part of your diet. If you do incorporate them, the difference between taking whey isolate, whey concentrate, vegan protein, or a mixture of high protein foods might not make any significant difference, but everyone has different results depending on many factors. Not one thing works for everyone.

With that being said, I was glad to try this protein shake and believe its an effective whey to get more [high quality] protein into your diet! Whole foods, in my opinion, are always a better choice for nutrition, and Bruce Lee’s shake contains a variety of them.

Let’s see what type of protein shake mixture was good enough to fuel Bruce Lee’s nutritional needs! I researched each ingredient for my own variation of Lee’s protein shake, see below for a complete list.

(Cited from “The Art of Expressing the Human Body” – by Bruce Lee and John Little, page 166)


  •  Non-instant powdered milk (Lee’s wife had read that Adele Davis’s books that non-instant powdered milk was better for you because it was more concentrated)
  • Water or juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 Eggs – sometimes with their shells (egg shells a very good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium)
  • 1 Tablespoon of wheat germ or wheat germ oil (b vitamins, fiber, great source of nutrients)
  • 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter (protein + healthy fats)
  • Banana for its carbohydrates and potassium (and/or other fruit for flavoring)
  • 1 Tablespoon of brewer’s yeast (protein, B vitamins, and chromium)
  • Inositol (aids cellular processes, metabolism of certain minerals, and liver function)
  • Lecithin – in granular form (increases energy, maintains healthy cholesterol, increases memory function)
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While “The Art of Expressing the Human Body” provides us with the ingredients to Bruce Lee’s shake, it doesn’t say which brands Lee used back in the 1970’s. I would have been interested, but decided to research into each ingredient and recreate Lee’s shake using quality ingredients Lee might have used himself. I made sure they were all soy-free, and also substituted peanut butter for its healthier (and less allergic) alternative – almond butter. Sunflower Lecithin was chosen in place of its cheaper (and likely estrogen-increasing) alternative, soy lecithin. See the list below, or get all the ingredients (besides water, fruits, and eggs) in one place here.


  • Dario Ruben

    hello, How often should I drink this smoothie.

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