SHAKE OR BOWL: WAYS TO USE YOUR PROTEIN POWDER

If your Facebook feed looks like mine, you may be thinking about trying a "protein shakes," but don't know how to make them. Or maybe you already have. I'm not a proponent of having them every day — my preference is more unprocessed food, but I'm a realist. And sometimes I like them for breakfast (in the warm months). If you're going to have them, make sure it's low sugar and high quality!

I'm a fan of Vega because it's vegan (you don't have to worry about dairy sensitivities) and most of their powders don't  just pack a protein punch, they also have several servings of greens. (How many of us are really getting all the green veggies we need on a daily basis? Exactly.) 

The protein powder container will tell you how to do a basic shake using water or non-dairy milk, but I wanted to share a few variations I commonly make. 

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PROTEIN SHAKE

1 scoop protein powder (this one & this one are two of my favs) 
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or other nondairy milk
1 banana, broken into chunks
Few dashes of cinnamon, optional
1 T cacao (or unsweetened cocoa) powder, optional <--- If I buy the vanilla flavor powder, I can add the cacao to change the flavor as an option OR use it as vanilla — I like options! 

  1. Pour almond milk into blender cup. 
  2. Add protein powder, then cinnamon & cacao powder, if using. 
  3. Plop in banana slices, and blend. 
  4. Add a bit more almond milk & blend again if it's not thin enough to get through a straw (depends on the humidity/temperature of the day.) 

 

PROTEIN BOWL

protein shake

1 scoop protein powder (again, this one & this one are two of my favs) 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, or other nondairy milk
1 frozen banana (I slice ripe/overripe bananas and keep them in the freezer in a baggie year-round)
Few dashes of cinnamon, optional
1 T cacao (or unsweetened cocoa) powder, optional 
1-2 T hemp hearts or pumpkin seeds, optional
2 T granola, optional

  1. Pour almond milk into blender cup. 
  2. Add protein powder, then cinnamon & cacao powder, if using. 
  3. Plop in banana slices, and blend. 
  4. Add a little bit more almond milk & blend again until it's the consistency of melting ice cream (spoonable) 
  5. Pour into bowl and sprinkle hemp or pumpkin seeds and granola on top if you like a crunch. 

The frozen banana slices make it nice and cold, which is why I love it in the summer.  There are endless possibilities for flavors and toppings, but I think these are a great place to start.

My preference is always a bowl, and my wife likes to drink it through a straw, so if I'm making a double batch, I start with only a small amount of almond milk, blend it up to the consistency I like; pour out half into a bowl, then add more almond milk to make it thinner for her portion. Which is your favorite – tell me in the comments on FB or IG!