Wondering how to make protein powder taste better?

Wondering how to make protein powder taste better? Here are 5 easy ways to make any protein powder delicious.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

How to make protein powder taste good

Why do protein powders taste bad?

Most protein powders taste bad. In fact, most protein powders taste terrible. I do not know about you, but I rarely come across a protein powder that I actually enjoy using. 

The main reason why protein powders taste bad is that they are made with protein concentrates and isolates. These protein sources have been stripped stripped of everything but the protein, meaning they do not have any fats or carbs, which gives them a chalky aftertaste. 

In order to mask the chalkiness, manufacturers add a cocktail of thickeners, flavors, and sugar substitutes like sucralose and stevia to their formulations. These added ingredients tend to do more harm than good – thickeners have a slimy mouthfeel, flavors taste like chemicals, and sugar substitutes activate bitter taste receptors. It is no wonder that protein powders have such a loathsome reputation.


If you do not like how your protein powder tastes, my first suggestion is to find yourself a new protein powder. This may seem like silly advice, but some protein powders taste better than others; some even taste good. 

I understand that you might not be able to afford a new protein powder at this time, however, or that you are not willing to try something new until you have finished what you have. If this is the case, keep reading. 


5 ways to make protein powder taste better

Wondering how to make protein powder taste good? Start by following these 5 steps.

1. Protein powder tastes better when mixed with milk or a milk alternative than when mixed with water. If you are dissatisfied with how your protein powder tastes, and you mix it with water, switch to milk. This is especially true if you find your protein powder to be too sweet as milk helps balance the sweetness of artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes. Switching to milk does add a few more calories, but if you use cow’s milk, it also adds a few more grams of protein.

2. If your protein powder is too gritty, use a blender, electric mixer, or shaker bottle (with a whisk). Mixing protein powder with a spoon, or simply shaking it in a water bottle will leave you with a lumpy mess.

3. If your protein shake is too watery, add ice or a frozen banana. As long as you have a good blender, it will thicken your shake.

4. If your protein powder is too sweet, try adding something bitter like unsweetened cocoa powder. You could also use unflavored protein powder and add your own sweetener.

5. If you cannot, despite your best efforts, make your protein shake taste good, consider finding another use for your protein powder. Mixing it in oatmeal or adding it to baked goods are two great options. Check out these delicious high protein recipes for more inspiration.

Try drink wholesome

Want a protein powder that actually tastes good? Try drink wholesome. Our protein powders taste better for 3 reasons: 1) they are made with whole food protein sources (not protein concentrates or isolates) 2) they are sweetened with maple sugar or monk fruit and 3) they are flavored with real foods (not flavors). Our vanilla protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, maple sugar, and vanilla beans. It is creamy, sweet but not too sweet, and has a natural flavor and aftertaste. Order samples to see for yourself.

Sometimes, a protein powder is so disgusting that blending it with ice cream will not even help. This is when cutting your losses and finding a new protein powder makes sense. Remember, if using a protein powder is a chore, it is not going to be part of your diet for long. This defeats the purpose of adding it to your diet in the first place because a diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life. Food should both taste good, and be good for you. 


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