How to mix protein powder without a shaker?

Wondering how to mix protein powder without a shaker? Here are 5 tips to ensure that you never have to drink a lumpy protein shake again.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

How to mix protein powder without a shaker

How to mix protein powder without clumping

Unless you are using a blender, mixing protein powder without a shaker is a nightmare. Using a spoon, for example, will leave you with a lumpy mess that looks nothing like the milkshake that you were hoping for. A shaker – also known as a shaker bottle – is a plastic bottle with a small metal whisk inside. The whisk helps to break up the clumps of protein powder as you shake. Shakers are considered by many to be an essential for making a protein shake on-the-go.

If you do not have a shaker bottle, however, do not despair. Here are a 5 ways to make a protein shake without one:

1. Use a blender. A blender is hands down the best way to make a protein shake, especially if you want to add ice or ingredients like fresh fruit or yogurt. Most blenders make quick work of clumps so you can make a creamy protein shake every time. 

2. Grab a water bottle or travel coffee mug with a tight fitting lid. Add the protein powder, your liquid of choice, and a handful of ice cubes. The ice cubes will act like a whisk and help to break up the clumps of powder as you shake. 

3. Mix the protein powder in a small mixing bowl using a balloon whisk. Keep in mind that the warmer the liquid is, the easier it will be to dissolve the protein powder. You can always add ice cubes later if you prefer a cold protein shake. 

4. If you only have a glass and spoon, add the protein powder slowly, stirring constantly. Wait until each spoonful is completely dissolved before adding another. 

5. Skip the protein shake altogether and add protein powder to oatmeal, yogurt, or baking. Here are some great high protein recipe ideas.

Why is protein powder hard to mix?

Some protein powders, especially ones with plant-based ingredients, are hard to mix because of their insoluble fiber content. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve is water, and the more insoluble fiber a protein powder contains, the grittier your protein shake will be.

Although insoluble fiber is by no means a bad thing, no one likes a gritty protein shake. In order to make protein powder easier to mix, most companies use additives like soy and sunflower lecithin. You want to steer clear of products made with ingredients like these. Even in small quantities, food additives can cause painful gastrointestinal (GI) side effects.

Why drink wholesome

Our protein powder is 100% additive-free and still mixes well. We recommend using a blender for best results, but you can get it to mix with just a spoon if you are patient and follow the instructions above.

Because our protein powder is additive-free, it is perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, and for people looking to boost their protein intake without the extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our protein powder is right for you. 

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain

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