Protein shakes are a quick and delicious way to get your healthy fats, calories, and protein in for the day or a meal. However, not all shakes and powders are created equally as yummy or smooth.
We'll show you how to make a protein shake that fits your needs and share recipes that have the best flavors. Read below to find out!
How to Make a Protein Shake with Protein Powder
Step 1: Grab a Shaker Bottle
Step one for a perfect protein shake is the device you use to mix it all together. Shaker bottles are the best if you're on the go or chilling at home.
You don't have to stop to plug in a blender, and you can mix your shake quickly wherever you are. Whether you are finishing up at the gym or dropping the kids off at school, shaker bottles help you get the healthy meal you're needing.
Even if you're at home, protein shaker bottles get the job done in one container for less clean-up, and you're back to the other task you were doing quickly with your drink in hand. The metal wire whisk inside breaks up any clumps better than stirring with a spoon as well as limiting dirty dishes.
Step 2: Pick a Protein Powder
Picking a protein powder is going to be based completely on your individual needs and goals. There are options for every dietary restriction at this point.
If you need gluten-free or dairy-free, opt for a powder that excludes those ingredients. A lot of people look for healthier, organic powders, and those exist too! It will most likely tell you right on the front of the container.
To replace a meal you will need at least fifteen grams of protein. For those focused on muscle building before or after workouts, you will need about 0.72 grams per pound of body weight for the entire day.
While chocolate and vanilla are the most commonly used powders, competitors have gotten creative with new flavor varieties. You can easily find fruit options like orange and peach mango. If you want to get wild, there are even powders with a sour patch kid crossover flavor.
Step 3: Choose a Liquid
For the best taste and texture, milk is the king. For those with lactose intolerance, nut milk or soy milk are great substitutes. However, you can think outside the box by mixing in one of these beverages:
- Apple Juice
- Orange Juice
Water may seem boring, but, with the right powder and additives, it can taste good and get the job done. Keep in mind, that our shaker bottles aren't meant to have warm/hot liquids or any carbonated beverages in them.
Step 4: Additions to Your Protein Shake
You might be thinking the only things you can put in a protein shake in a shaker bottle are powder and liquid, but that's not the case at all! Did you know that peanut butter and even some fruits can be mixed in? The BlenderBall and our patented mixing system help to mix ingredients you may not be able to otherwise.
If you want a stronger chocolate or vanilla flavor, add cocoa powder or vanilla extract. Change up your normal chocolate shake by adding a drop of peppermint oil.
Sliced avocado tossed in can up the healthy fat content and make your full feeling last longer. Collagen has a host of benefits and adds even more protein to your shake. The addition of yogurt can create a creamier consistency and add probiotics.
How to Make a Protein Shake Thicker
Adding peanut butter, additional nutritional powders, superfoods, yogurt, or other additives is a great way to make your shake thicker if your desire. It is also a great way to add additional nutrition to your shake or to get additional calories for those looking to bulk.
How to Mix Protein Powder Without Lumps
Adding your liquids first is how to mix protein into your shake for the best consistency. After liquids, add any powders you want and end with your thicker ingredients. Once your ingredients have all been added, simply shake your protein shaker until smooth.
You should also be storing your protein powder in a cool, dry place so it's not already clumping before you add it to your shaker. Looking to make your shake even colder? Add crushed ice to your shake before mixing.
How to Make a Protein Shake Taste Better
A tasty protein shake starts with a protein powder that you've tested and know you enjoy. Once you've laid that foundation, you can adjust ingredients so you never have to drink the same boring shake every day.
If you're feeling fruity one day, scoop in some blackberry yogurt like in this blackberry banana chocolate protein shake recipe. You could also take the tropical route by adding pineapple juice and grated coconut.
Maybe you'd like a boost of energy to start your morning off right. Instead of your normal mug of coffee, cool off by adding some chilled espresso to your morning shake as this caramel macchiato protein shake calls for. If green tea is more to your taste, a tablespoon of matcha will give you flavor and major antioxidants.
Taste that "It's 5 o clock somewhere" goodness without the guilt by including margarita mix in your shaker bottle. This cherry lime margarita BCAA shake recipe will have your tastebuds cheering.
We are overflowing with great-tasting protein shake possibilities. For a full list of shaker bottle-friendly recipes, visit our recipes page and search for your favorite ingredients or flavors. You can find those here!
Enjoy Your Protein Shake
Now you know all there is to know about how to make a protein shake. For the most enjoyable protein shake experience, try our BlenderBottle shaker. The leak-proof lid will keep your shake from ending up on your counters or car instead of your mouth.
Our surgical-grade stainless steel wire whisk can stay right there in your cup without ever rusting. Even if your cup only contains water, you never have to worry. Shop our shaker bottles here!