Make your own delicious high protein shakes and smoothies with unflavored Whey Fantastic!
Choosing a high quality unflavored protein powder like Pure Premium Whey Fantastic gives you the ultimate control of what you put into your body and allows for the greatest variety in making smoothies and shakes. The best thing about unflavored protein is its versatility – its perfect for shakes and smoothies but its also excellent in cooking. Use it to fortify your morning oatmeal, add it to soups or chili or even in pancakes or baked goods. Unflavored whey does it all and adds 25 grams of protein per scoop with less than 1g of sugar or fat.
Chocolates and Vanillas. The two most popular flavors for protein drinks by far are chocolate and vanilla. You can make these fl
avors yourself and vary the flavor from milk chocolate to dark chocolate or French vanilla to vanilla bean by choosing the ingredients that appeal to you.
Fresh (and frozen) Fruits are a Perfect Addition. Many fruits are naturally sweet and add fiber to your shake or smoothie. Bananas are a favorite and go well with many other ingredients. Apples, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and blue berries are all popular and high in antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. Adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg are a easy way to make fruit smoothies even more delicious.
Vegetables for Added Vitamins. Vegetables make for nutritious ingredients to add to a smoothie. While not for everyone vegetables can make for a sweet or savory smoothie. Popular vegetables include spinach, kale, carrots, and beets but let your imagination run wild! Generally, we recommend a higher powered blender such as a Ninja or Vitamix when adding vegies to your drink for a better result and smooth consistency.
Nuts and nut butters: For added flavor and essential fats almonds or natural almond or peanut butter are hard to beat and add healthy calories which can help to burn fat or gain lean weight depending on your goals. Nut butters may also provide a strong flavor to help cover the taste of other ingredients that you are not fond of but maybe good for you (think greens and such).
Yogurts and Ice Cream: For the best tasting shakes It’s pretty hard to wrong with adding ice cream especially if you are trying to get your kids to add more protein or calories to their diets. There are lower sugar and fat varieties of ice creams available at most larger grocery stores these days to help keep the shake kid friendly and healthy. Adding fruit yogurts are also a nice way to make a creamier smoothie if you like yogurt. Adding strawberry Greek yogurt to a shake with whey protein, strawberries, ice and non-fat milk can enhance the flavor and texture of the shake. There are lots of options here so use your imagination and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Sweeteners: There are many options when it comes to sweeteners. If you prefer natural low sugar sweeteners as we do, then top options are xylitol, erythritol, stevia, and monk fruit and are available now in most grocery or health food stores. Other natural sweeteners include white or brown sugar, coconut sugar, agave, honey, etc. Artificial sweeteners like sucralose (Splenda) maybe acceptable to some users. Getting the sweetness where you like it may take some experimentation especially with stevia or monk fruit. Xylitol and erythritol are approximately as sweet as sugar and can be used in approximately equal amounts as sugar. Stevia and monk fruit have sweetness levels about 200 times sweeter than sugar and the products that are available at grocery stores are often combined with maltodextrin (carbohydrate) so that they can be measured in portions similar to sugar. Follow the directions for use on the particular product you are using to get the desired level of sweetness. All of the natural sugar alternatives add a distinctive aftertaste and you may prefer mixing more than one in your shake to achieve the desired level of sweetness with less after taste. Until you know what you like, start with less sweetener than you think is necessary as it is easy to add more and near impossible to take it out if its too much.
Beverages: Water is probably the defacto favorite beverage for mixing shakes as it is available almost anywhere and does not add sugar or calories. Non-Fat milk is also very popular and adds additional protein to the shake. Keep in mind that non-fat milk also adds 8 or more grams of sugar per cup so if you are trying to reduce sugar intake this might not be the best choice. Almond Milk, coconut water, coconut milk, and rice milk are also popular and are usually available sweetened or unsweetened and are available in a variety of flavors. Keep track of the nutrition facts for the beverage of your choice so that you count all of the calories, sugars and protein added into the shake.
Here are some delicious recipes to get you started. Adjust these recipes to taste for sweetness, thickness, etc.
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