Wondering what to mix protein powder with?
Wondering what to mix protein powder with? Here are a few ideas.
Make a protein shake.
Grab a blender and mix protein powder with milk (any type), fruit, and nut butter. My favorite recipe is protein powder, oat milk, frozen banana, and spoonful of peanut butter. If you like thick shakes, add a handful of ice cubes.
Sick of protein shakes?
Protein shakes can get old. If you are looking for another way to boost your protein intake, try making protein oatmeal or protein yogurt. You can also add protein powder into your favorite baked goods. In many cases, a scoop or two of protein powder will not changed the recipe.
Can you mix protein powder with coffee?
You can definitely mix protein powder with coffee, but it is easier said than done. Protein powder and coffee are not exactly a match made in heaven, and adding protein powder to a hot cup of coffee with only a spoon will make a lumpy mess. To avoid this, follow these instructions. They can be used to add protein powder to other hot drinks like hot chocolate too.
Can you mix protein powder with water?
Some people like to mix protein powder with just water. The advantage of doing so is that water does not add calories, fat, etc., so what you see on the Nutrition Facts is what you get. This is great if you are counting calories, but it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of taste. In other words, by choosing to mix your protein shake with just water, you are sacrificing flavor and texture for fewer calories. As someone who likes a rich, creamy protein shake, I always mix my protein powder with milk.
Can you mix protein powder with milk?
Mixing protein powder with milk will make a better tasting, albeit higher calorie protein shake. That said, the flavor, texture, and nutrition content of the shake will depend on the milk you use. Cow’s milk, for instance, tastes different than plant milk, and contains more protein.
I use plant milk because dairy upsets my stomach. Fortunately for people like me, the market for plant milk has exploded in the past few years and there are now many products that rival cow’s milk in terms of taste and mouthfeel. Unfortunately, however, most plant milks are full of food additives.
Avoid food additives.
Food additives are added to plant milks to replicate the creamy mouthfeel of dairy. Although they are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, food additives can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects.
Many food additives are hard to digest and sit in your gut for longer than they should. This gives your gut bacteria more time to ferment (eat), and as they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating, cramps, and nausea.
In the short term, gas also slows colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon), which can lead to constipation. In the long term, food additives disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and trigger the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.
Here is a list of the most common food additives in plant milk:
carrageenan, cellulose gum, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors*, soy lecithin, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum *Natural flavors are NOT natural.
Mixing plant milk with protein powder makes a delicious, relatively low calorie protein shake. Given the side effects of food additives, however, make sure to choose a plant milk with zero or minimal food additives.
Protein powder is versatile. You can blend it into smoothies, add it to your favorite recipes, or sprinkle on oatmeal and yogurt. Ultimately, the best thing to mix protein powder with depends on your preferences and nutrition goals.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.