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How to Make Protein Powder Taste Good

Written by Jane Summerfield

Everyone, when they are choosing a protein shake, try and make sure they get a fantastic flavored one.

That is really important to them.

Some of them have very tantalizing names too, like Vanilla Ice-cream, or Strawberry Citrus Shake.

One brand has flavors to suit the seasons such as Pumpkin and Egg Nog over Christmas.

So taste is important.

There are many shakes, though, that don’t have a great taste at all.

Some have been chosen because even though the taste is not the best, they are promised organic ingredients.

For some people who are developing their bodies into lean and mean fitness machines, they are prepared to forgo the flavors and concentrate more on what the protein powder will do for them.

And when it comes to a great shake, there are a few factors that go into it to make it taste appealing.

Check out these tips that help to make a protein shake taste a whole lot better…

7 Brilliant Hacks to Make Protein Powder Taste Better

1) Are you mixing it right?

 Texture and taste do go hand in hand. You are not going to enjoy your shake if it is all lumpy when you drink it.

That’s going to put you off.

Maybe you can buy yourself a blender bottle for your protein shake.

If you have an electric blender at home, to mix your protein shake up and its ingredients, you are all set to go.

You definitely want something smooth and creamy that brings out your favorite flavors. 

3) Choose top quality protein

Low-cost protein powders are usually of low quality; we are not saying all of them.

But many of them have unappealing tastes and textures as well.

You won’t be sorry to invest in good-quality protein powders that don’t have artificial fillers and flavors in them, and well, simply, taste gross [1]

In fact, whenever you are out shopping for a protein powder, if it is permitted, you can request a sample to taste.

Or you can buy the smallest pack first. 

3) Sweeten your own protein powder

 You can change the flavor of your protein shake by buying the unflavored ones.

Then you can simply add your own flavorings and sweeteners yourself.

You can use just a small amount of natural sweeteners such as agave, honey, or pure maple syrup.

Then there’s fruit too, such as mashed-up bananas and berries, or pure fruit juices.

These are all sweeteners, specifically to add to unflavored protein shakes.

Some people like to add a bit of orange juice or other potent fruit juices like cherry or pomegranate which also can make a difference.

4) What is the base of your protein shake?

Maybe you have simply been adding water to your protein shake, and quickly drinking it down, almost like a medicine – done and dusted.

But now, you can try and add some milk or a milk substitute like soy, almond, or coconut.

You will find your shake is much more creamy and comforting, and easy to swallow.

There’s yogurt, too, which brings even more creaminess and flavor.

Many people ask the question – should they add yogurt to their protein powder? 

So we are just going to dig a bit deeper here to show you how you can benefit from this; after all, Greek yogurt is a real health food in health and wellness circles [2].

OK, it might not be a superfood, but it still is not to be dismissed.

There are huge perks to Greek yogurt.

Mixing your protein shake with your Greek yogurt, you end up with a fluffy and light dessert-type of food.

Greek yogurt is a vegan food today, for athletes and bodybuilders.

When they add it to their protein powders and shakes, well it’s a powerful force!

A good low-fat Greek yogurt is low in calories and can improve your diet.

You get the benefits of good fats and high protein, but you don’t rack up the calories. 

If you are trying to gain muscle, Greek yogurt is a great base.

The obvious benefit of adding it to your protein shake or protein powder is to increase the protein content.

Greek yogurt comes with digestive benefits too.

A container of low-fat Greek yogurt that has a size of 500g will yield you 35-40g of protein!

Greek yogurt, mixed with your protein shake or protein powder, should actually be a cornerstone of your diet – that’s if you want improved performance and a better physique.

5) Keep it chilled

Generally, protein shakes taste better when they are drunk chilled.

Some protein powders can even taste a bit “off” if they are left standing in a room and not refrigerated.

Try and add ice to your protein shake to keep it cool.

If you don’t have a fridge, you can keep it colder for longer in an insulated blender bottle.

These shaker bottles usually are made from vacuum-insulated stainless steel. They keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours [3].

6) Turning your shake into a smoothie

The thought of a boring protein shake can change in seconds just by turning it into a delicious, fresh, and healthy smoothie.

All it takes is adding your shake to a blender and adding in some ice.

Then toss in some of your favorite fruits. Include a banana to thicken the smoothie.

The fruit and ice will mask the flavors of the protein shake. It will be much easier to drink.

Here is something you will want to have the very next time you have a shake: 

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

You will love this because it is great as a meal replacement or ideal for when you have just completed a workout.

Fast-absorbing proteins deliver amino acids into your bloodstream precisely when they’re needed the most [4]

When you take a protein shake or protein powder after your workout, you are assisting your tired muscles to recover faster.

They will bounce back stronger.

It is recommended that you have a serving of protein powder straight after our exercise or within 30 minutes to get the best results.

When it comes to athletics and sports, there are bound to be times of injury – that’s just the unfortunate part of it.

Often these injuries leave the body immobilized.

And this can lead to loss of strength and muscle mass. Eating sufficient protein can assist in limiting these effects.

Protein is very crucial when you are trying to retrain your body.

This is because it helps with tissue and muscle development.

A protein-rich diet can help with keeping inflammation away, helping you to build stronger muscle, and promoting strengthening and recovery.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1¼-cup of freshly sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 10 Whole almonds
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate-flavored protein powder

Put the strawberries, banana, almonds, and water into your blender. Blend to mix them all up.

Then add ice cubes and puree until smooth.

Add the protein powder next and continue mixing until it has been evenly incorporated into the mixture – about 30 seconds.

  • 349 calories
  • Protein 21 g 

7) Add your own essence of flavor

It’s all fine if you like your protein powder as it is; you are used to adding water to your shaker, shaking it all up, and downing it.

Maybe the one that you purchase regularly tastes like cookies and cake, and next time you are going to try the strawberry flavored one.

That’s great. If it comes to cooking with your powdered protein powder, then you might have a problem, of course, with those flavors.

But this article isn’t about cooking and flavors, it’s about making your protein shake taste better when you down it if that’s what you are missing.

Flavoring your protein powder or enhancing the one you have can be easy and loads of fun.

Unique FlavDrops lets you flavor your food and drinks without needing to take on extra calories.

And FlavDrops have over 15 flavors with names like Toffee, Vanilla, White Chocolate, and more.

The key benefit of the drops is that they contain absolutely no calories, no carbohydrates, no sugar, and no fat.

They are ideal for making what you eat and drink very interesting.

This can get quite hard when you are dieting or spending hours in the gym. 

You can add FlavDrops to your morning porridge too, or your plain yogurt, and not be adding in any extra fat or sugar.

You can buy your favorite protein powders in the unflavored variety and personalize them how you want.

If you want something classic on a blue Monday, there’s vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate.

But when Friday comes, you might be looking for a bit of fun and va-va-voom, and then you can add a few drops of chocolate peanut butter.

Isn’t that so cool? 

There’s more…

If you don’t like your protein powder anymore, you can change the brand and try other flavors.

Maybe, if you are using animal-based protein powders, maybe it’s time to go plant-based.

That will give you different flavors.

And finally, if you still don’t like those, you can always make your very own homemade plant-based protein powder. Here’s how:

Homemade Plant-Based Protein Powder

  • Half-cup almond meal.
  • A third-cup chia seeds
  • Quarter-cup hemp hearts
  • 2 Tablespoons carob powder (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon maca powder (optional)
  • Pinch of sea salt

 Grind up the chia seed and hemp hearts in your grinder separately, until you get fine flour. Just be careful not to over-grind it.

Now mix all the other ingredients together.

Store in an air-tight container in a dry, dark place.

Use 4 tablespoons in your smoothie. If you are blending your homemade protein powder into a smoothie, first add the liquid.

Then you can add any leafy greens or delicious fruits.

Conclusion

Protein powder is very popular right now, for athletes, body-builders, those who want to lose weight or put on weight; even for children and seniors who have weak appetites or battle to eat.

Protein powder gives you almost all the nutrients you need.

It is so easy today to add to any recipe to turn any meal into a healthy meal. Plant-based protein powder will even give you extra vitamins and minerals [5].

It’s also an excellent alternative to whey protein for those who are looking for something that is dairy-free.

One fitness expert suggests that you look carefully at the ingredients of your bought protein powder so as to avoid artificial ingredients.

He suggests that “less is more”

Making protein shakes is a great way to get the nutrients your body needs.

But for some, they can become a bit boring and bland.

We have shared some tips on how to make your protein shakes taste better without adding lots of extra sugar or calories.

And we have even shown you how you can make your own protein shake! – ‘Because life goes faster on protein.’

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