Get the Most Out of Your Protein Powder
Protein powders come in all types of flavors. You’ve got everything from basic chocolate or vanilla to fancier combinations like banana split or birthday cake. Unfortunately, whether these flavors actually taste good is a whole different story. Find out how to get the best taste out of your protein powder below!
The notorious protein powder aftertaste…
Workout supplements, in general, are notorious for being extremely hit-or-miss when it comes to their actual taste. Some milk chocolate flavors can perfectly encompass a delicious Hershey’s chocolate bar and all you need to enjoy your shake is a cup of water to mix it with, but other chocolate flavors can leave a lot to be desired and have you thinking you just ate…something else that’s brown.
In this article, we’re going to show you all the different ways you can use protein powder to make a great-tasting protein-packed treat so that you never have to worry about questionable aftertastes again.
Start With A Good-Tasting Protein Powder
I know what you’re thinking: “Wait a minute, you just said protein flavors can be hit-or-miss – how am I supposed to pick one that tastes good if I’ve got a 50/50 chance of getting some bitter flavor bomb?”
This is why we have the internet, people! Do you know how your Facebook feed is filled with your friends and family complaining about different things in their lives?
Seriously, you better believe that if someone tried a particular protein powder and hated the taste, they’ve complained about it somewhere online.
You can find flavor reviews for just about every type of protein out there, and doing a few searches on Google can easily help you avoid picking a flavor that doesn’t live up to its fancy name.
In fact, if you head over to Bodybuilding.com, they actually have a flavor scale for every single supplement product in their library (which is basically every supplement on the planet).
Browse through the powders until you find a product that gets generally good ratings for your preferred flavor and starts there. If you’re an Optimum Nutrition fan, check out this poll on Gold Standard Whey flavors from over 10,000 participants!
Creative Ways To Mix Protein Powder For Delicious Taste
Using a protein powder that gets good taste ratings is the obvious first place to start, but the different styles of using protein below are really what’s going to turn your post-workout treat from an 8-point-2 to a 10-point-amazing.
By now, you’ve probably already figured out that you can mix your protein powder with milk or water, so we’re going to skip right over that and get right into the good stuff.
Milk and water are nice because they’re simple and easy, but smoothies are where the real flavor fun starts when it comes to the extraordinary taste. Taking an extra 10-15 minutes to prep a smoothie opens you up to an entirely new world of options when it comes to flavor customization.
If you like fruit, you can add things like apples, strawberries, blueberries, or bananas along with your powder for a nice fruity protein smoothie. Or, if you’re more into the veggie-styled shakes, try things like kale, spinach, or carrots to dial in a vegan option.
If you want a good place to start, we’ve got a ton of delicious smoothie recipes on our site, just scroll through the list and find one that looks good to you. From there, you can either stick to our exact recipe or customize it to get a unique flavor of your own.
If you’ve experimented with other forms of workout nutrition before, you may be a fan of protein bars from popular brands like Quest or Clif Bar.
Protein bars come in a variety of different flavors just like protein powders do, but have you ever stopped to think that you can use your preferred protein powder to make your own custom protein bars?
Making protein bars is a lot of fun because it’s literally like the non-liquid version of a smoothie. What I mean by that, is that you can use any type of foods you want to make your protein bars (so long as they can be mixed together).
You can also make them according to your exact needs like gluten or even lectin free protein bars.
Some examples of simple protein bars can include basic ingredients like oatmeal, chocolate, or peanut butter, but you can also get even fancier by adding in fruit, nuts, or ground-up vegetables.
Feel free to experiment on your own, but remember that you can always do a quick Google search and get tons of creative ideas for homemade protein bars too.
Protein bites are exactly what they sound like – bite-sized protein balls. These are like a close cousin to protein bars in that they’re basically the same idea but in bite-sized form! Protein bites have become extremely popular in the past few years as recipes spread like wildfire on social media sites like Pinterest.
They follow the same general idea of protein bars in terms of how to make them, so mix in some of your favorite ingredients and give this convenient snack a try.
Other Baked Goods
The beauty of using protein powder lies in its versatility. Not only can it be used in smoothies or protein bars as mentioned above, but it can be mixed in with nearly any type of baked goods from brownies to cookies to muffins.
If you’ve got a favorite brownie recipe or a killer guide to some delicious chocolate chip cookies, throwing a few scoops of your protein powder into the mix can turn your unhealthy midnight cravings into a muscle-building power snack.
Protein shakes aren’t the only way to ensure you get your post-workout protein intake.
Mixing your protein powder with things like smoothies, protein bars or baked goods can take your tastes buds to heaven and never want to leave.
If you’re not overly experienced in the kitchen then don’t worry, there are plenty of guides online to show you the exact steps to make a delicious protein treat.
Gone are the days of bitter aftertastes and questionable flavors, say hello to great-tasting protein from this day forward!
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