Protein shakes don't have the best reputation. And with reason all too often, they're chunky, chalky, gritty, void of flavor, or funky tasting. But we've built a business around protein shakes because we know that great-tasting, perfectly smooth shakes are not only possible, they're easy to achieve. So how do you make protein shakes less chalky? The key is in the selecting the right ingredients and the right blending tool. And with these five simple suggestions, you'll up your protein shake game and turn your perception of post-workout nutrition from necessary evil to hard-earned reward.
It's no surprise that yogurt dominates the dairy aisle at every grocery store. It's delicious and healthy, packed with protein and rich in nutrients like bone-building calcium. And with a huge range of flavors available, there's a yogurt out there for even the pickiest palate, plus plenty of options that can add dessert-like decadence (minus the heavy calorie count) to your protein drink. Try adding a cup of yogurt to your next shake and drink in the yummy, creamy goodness.
The ancient Olympians were onto something. These world-class athletes ingested honey as a carbohydrate replacement and to help with recovery. Honey is one of nature's best energy sources, plus it's a natural sweetener, so a honey-infused shake will give your muscles and your taste buds a boost. Just a teaspoon of honey will enhance the flavor of your shake, yet still keep your sugar intake under control.
Cinnamon is a simple addition to spice up your post-workout shake. It compliments classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate (or even coffee), elevating the taste without weighing you down. But did you know that cinnamon also has numerous health benefits? Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar levels, fight infections and viruses, and act as a natural anti-inflammatory an obvious boon for your gym-weary body. Add a dash of cinnamon (up to 1/4 tablespoon) to your next shake to enjoy this advantageous spice.
We've already touted the health benefits of bananas, but it's worth repeating that they provide excellent energy, contain powerful antioxidants, and have been shown to help reduce muscle cramps and soreness. Bottom line, bananas are an athlete's food ally. They're also an easy addition to any shake, boosting the flavor and consistency. Before peeling, gently mash the banana with your fingers, then open the peel at one end and squeeze the mashed banana into your BlenderBottle shaker cup. Shake it up and enjoy!
Mix it Smooth
We're hardly shameless self-promoters, but there's one tool we can guarantee will result in a perfectly blended shake: the BlenderBall wire whisk found only in BlenderBottle shaker cups blasts through the grittiest of protein powders and add-ins, making any protein shake drinkably smooth. BlenderBottle brand shaker cups come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you're sure to find one that suits you.
(Originally posted 8/15/2013)
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