Which Protein Shake is Best?

Which Protein Shake?

I’ve gone through more protein powder than most people on this planet ever have. When I first got into body building as a teenager I was told that I needed to pound down protein shake no matter how bad it tasted…so I did. Every time I heard of a new protein shake that was alleged to have a better taste, I jumped on the case and gave it a try. Yes, every couple years I found an improvement, but still had to drink quickly to avoid the nasty tasted.

But providence eventually came my way with the discovery of the “Elite Whey Protein Isolate” shakes by Dymatize. Not only was the taste enjoyable, but the nutrients seemed to be up to par as well. One serving of powder has 24 grams of protein, only 1.5 grams of fat, and only 2 grams of carbohydrates. My flavor selection expanded from 2 or 3 (chocolate, vanilla, & strawberry) to 10:

  • Rich Chocolate
  • Gourmet Vanilla
  • Smooth Banana
  • Pina Colada
  • Butter Cream Toffee
  • Orange Dreamsicle
  • Berry Blast
  • Cafe Mocha
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Chocolate Fudge

Click below to buy some of my favorite protein shake flavors in the 5 pound size:

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I’d like to share a recipe I’ve invented that makes this protein powder taste like a milkshake from the diner! My two-year-old son begs me to share it with him. Start this shake the night before you intend to drink it:

JOSH’S BANANA & CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SHAKE:

  • Freeze 1 fairly ripe banana overnight (tastes much better than ice and an unfrozen banana)
  • Add 12 ounces of water in the blender
  • Start the blender on low (with the lid on, of course)
  • Add 1 scoop of Rich Chocolate flavor powder into the blender’s hole (blender must be running to prevent clumping)
  • Add 1 scoop of Smooth Banana (blender should still be running)
  • Use the provided plastic protein scoop, fill it up with Splenda (my favorite no calorie sweetner), & add to the blender (sometimes I add two scoops…when I’m really craving something sweet).
  • Let the shake sit overnight (intensifies the flavor & makes for a thicker shake) while the banana is freezing
  • In the morning blend the shake for a few seconds while you fetch your frozen banana.
  • Stop the blender & add the banana
  • Start the blender on low (my Kitchen Aid blender is tough enough to blend a frozen banana)
  • Every few seconds increase the blender’s speed. Blend for about 30 seconds in total, until the shake is thick
  • Enjoy the best-tasting protein shake in the world!

Here’s some nutritional information from Dymatize:

Click below to buy some of my favorite shakes in the 5 pound size:

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Here’s my blender that I mentioned:

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Comments

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    There are soooo mahy good protein supplements out there, but I’ve focused on protein shakes that have minimal amounts of other “stuff” besides protein, and that contain nothing but natural ingredients (no artificial sweeteners for me, I’d even rather have real sugar in limited amounts).

    The two that I have really settled on are Optimum Nutrition’s Natural Pro Complex and MRM’s 100% All Natural Whey. I like the protein blend in the first, as well as the taste ever so slightly better, but the second mixes slightly better. Neither contains aspartame, sucralose, or asulfame potassium; all of which seem rampant in all types of supplements, which just baffles my mind considering most supplements are targeted towards the health concious consumer. Instead they use Stevia, which is a completely natural plant leaf sweetener.

    They also each have a full profile of BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids) which are essential for energy and muscle recovery.

    When I have it available I mix my shakes with non-homogenized whole milk (a locally sourced milk in my area, Homestead Creamery). The taste of both is much improved with milk versus water, and source of good fats is always nice. If I want a more weight gainer type profile, I skip any of the advertised “weight gainers” that are simply loaded with maltodextrin (usually has a higher takeup than pure sugar and is not a good carb source AT ALL) and instead grind up some oats with a coffee grinder to mix with my protein shake. Keep a separate container full of ground up oats so it is readily available when you need it. Also, throw in a table spoon or two of a nice natural peanut butter.

    Josh’s mix above sounds GREAT, I might try using that mix with some oats and peanut butter too; that could probably be used a a meal replacement or meal on the go!

    Garan

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