You have tried unflavoured protein powder before and can't comprehend how humans can swallow it without a frown? Or maybe you want to switch to unflavoured to save your body from all the ingredients in flavoured protein your body can't handle but not sure how to make it more exciting? Read on.
Unflavoured protein powder doesn't have to taste bad or be boring. However, at the start, it takes some trial and error to find the one that works best for you. Here are five tips for using plain protein powder in a different way.
1. Test Multiple Brands and Sources
I would always encourage my clients to pick from high-quality products, ideally from brands that have their factories rather than buying from a mass supplier. Do your research and shortlist a few brands.
The other aspect is the source of the protein powder. Whey and casein powders are reported to be bitter depending on the brand, while rice-based products sit on the sweeter spectrum and pea protein is slightly savoury. You won't fully know if you like them until you try them, but understanding where they stand in flavour will help you choose extra ingredients to make them palatable.
2. Fruits and Vegetables
Why not create your berry or green smoothies precisely the way you like it with fresh ingredients? Berries can work as low-calorie natural sweeteners, and they go well with or without leafy greens in a smoothie.
If you are less worried about the calorie and sugar content, you can try bananas, apples or pineapple to keep your protein drink sweet.
3. Milk and Other Liquid Ingredients
If you like your protein shake thicker, use whole milk either in itself or in your smoothie. Some people prefer their drink less dense, so it's quick and easy to drink.
If that's you, you can try cold tea. Strawberry, acai and other berry teas can all help to spice up your protein drink. You can use a shot of coffee as well as other spices and flavourings. Dairy-free milk alternatives like soy, almond or coconut milk can also add a great flavour to your shake. The idea is to find what works best for you.
For the lovers of a thick and creamy smoothie, yoghurt can also be a great solution to add extra body and zing to the drink. Be warned that yoghurt tends to be a love or hate ingredient depending on who you ask, so be prepared for either outcome when trying it first.
5. Chocolate, Nuts and Other Flavourings
If you still crave some more flavour, adding a topping to your protein smoothie is easy. Use fair trade cocoa powder or high percentage dark chocolate. Mixed nuts and seeds can be just as good as nut butter, and don't forget about delicacies like cinnamon or vanilla extract.
If you like your shake plain, but sometimes want to add a little bit of excitement, consider using some or a combination of the ingredients mentioned above. Feel free to message me if you found the winning combination for your palate or if you need clarification.
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