Protein Powder Shake Ideas

So we should all be quite aware that if we are trying to build muscle we need to be eating sufficient protein! Because eating a juicy steak or some chicken breast is not always convenient there are many protein supplements, which can be used instead. Protein bars and protein shakes are the most popular sources of alternative protein and they are now readily available on any super market shelf.

protein shake with syrupSo if you are serious about building and maintaining muscle – a good protein powder is a must. Over the years the taste of protein supplements has improved vastly. Now you can get some pretty delicious flavors without that nasty whey protein after taste! However, if you still don't find them that palatable, and are really struggling to down those 2-3 protein shakes a day, then you might have to improve your technique or adjust the flavor using some of my handy hints below. I am hoping that these will really give you a more memorable shake drinking experience!

Tips to make an awesome protein shake:

  1. Use a good blender that can crush ice
  2. Always put your wet ingredients into your blender first so that the powder is less likely to stick to the sides
  3. Add lots of ice cubes and minimal liquid to give it a thick, slushy-like consistency
  4. You can use frozen fruit instead of the ice cubes. I love using frozen bananas (make sure you peel them before you freeze them!)
  5. You can add sugar free toppings to change the flavor of your shake. Chocolate syrup, maple syrup, caramel syrup and even strawberry all make a great change.
  6. Make ice cubes out of coconut milk or cooked pumpkin to give a new texture and flavor
  7. For a really decadent shake add some cream cheese or heavy cream. You could even add whipping cream on top with a sprinkle of chopped nuts!
  8. Extracts are another great way to add flavor without the calories – try almond, vanilla, coffee, peppermint, even rum essence
  9. If you are not as worried about the fat content, add some peanut butter 
  10. You can add spices as well – cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and all spice are some favorites.
  11. Use stevia, artificial sweetener or honey to sweeten your shakes
  12. And if you like your shake really thick, add some Xanthum gum to it

So there you have a few ideas off the top of my head. I am sure there are many more so why not start experimenting and come of with a few of your own. Soon your shake will be something you look forward to instead of something you just gotta drink!

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