The first protein shake I tasted was just protein powder and room temperature water mixed together. It was gritty, and the flavor was horrible. I swore protein powders off all together for a while because I thought that is just how they tasted. Fast forward a few years and I realize I need to get some fast protein, so I start looking at protein powder options. There are so many protein powders out there but you really want to make sure it's going to provide protein, without a ton of sugar, while also tasting great. If you've had a bad protein shake experience, have no fear! I'm going to show you how to make protein shakes taste better!
How to Make Protein Shakes Taste Better
Adding cinnamon, honey, or even vanilla to your protein shake will keep the calorie count relatively low while boosting the flavor. But how else can we make protein shakes taste better? Oh, let me count the ways…
Start with a high quality protein powder.
PlantFusion LEAN (sponsored) is a protein powder that contains 20 different superfoods. This protein powder is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. It's also plant based which means Rachel loves it! ;) It's perfect for keeping you satisfied while working towards your health and fitness goals. When I'm eating something, it has to taste good. I'm not going to eat crap just because it's healthy, but if it's healthy and tasty, I'm in! The key ingredient in PlantFusion LEAN was shown to be 35% more effective than whey protein for curbing hunger. This helps you manage your caloric intake without depleting yourself of key nutrients.
Most weight control solutions focus on restricting or depleting good nutrition along with bad, leaving us feeling weak and tired. PlantFusion LEAN is designed to replenish and energize. Clinically tested protein, 20 superfoods and blood sugar support to fuel us through our workday, our exercise and our busy lives. With PlantFusion LEAN, I stay full longer, have more energy, and easily maintain my blood sugar. Maintaining my blood sugar levels is super important, mostly because I get very angry when I'm hungry. It's like a level beyond hangry. It's bad.
EcoLean is the only protein shown in clinical testing to be 35% more effective than whey protein for curbing hunger. It's also rich in amino acids for enhanced muscular energy and recovery. This is important all the time but especially when you're kicking butt at the gym like I have been lately. The natural enzyme bromelain is in LEAN, which helps with inflammation and protein digestion.
You won't always have time to sit at home and make a gourmet protein shake, but I've gotten the best results while making sure my protein shakes are blended rather than just water and protein powder stirred/shaken together. It's not as convenient and it does take a little longer but for me it's 100% worth it.
Decide on your flavor.
When I say decide on your flavor, I don't mean the flavor of the protein powder. I mean, dream up an amazing shake and figure out how to make it. I always work backwards when doing this. For example, if I want a protein shake that's going to taste like a candybar, I will start with a chocolate protein base, and add some natural peanut butter with a little bit of almond milk. You can throw in a banana for added nutrients.
If you love coffee, great! I mix 1/2 cup ice, 4 shots of espresso, a few tablespoons heavy cream, and 1 scoop chocolate protein powder together in a blender for about 45 seconds. It tastes like a mocha frappe, without all the added crap we don't need.
Love strawberries n cream? Start with a base of vanilla bean protein powder, add a cup of strawberries, 1/2 cup ice, and 1 cup almond milk (or just 1/2 cup if you're not wanting a huge “meal”).
Mix it up.
Always mix the flavors up so you don't get burnt out. You can even mix the consistency up by making your shake thicker some days. Combine yogurt, protein powder, granola, and fruit to make delicious parfaits. You can even add protein powder to your pancake mix! The possibilities are endless. Try new things and enjoy being creative rather than thinking of protein as a chore.