When people start thinking about protein shakes and how to make them, they usually revert to the old boring methods of just throwing milk or water in a blender and adding a scoop of protein powder. Don’t get it wrong – this is just as efficient, but doesn’t it sound boring? Even if you enjoy your morning shake in all its glory, a lot of people feel like protein shakes are something that they have to pinch their nose and guzzle down just to get that kick of protein. This makes it feel like a chore when it really shouldn’t.
If you know what you’re doing and you have the right ingredients on hand, protein shakes can actually be incredibly flavorsome and act as exciting ways to boost forward your day – along with your energy.
We love protein shakes because of how adaptable they are, but many people don’t realize just how much they can use this to their advantage. No matter what your taste preferences might be like, you’ll be able to find the perfect flavor with a bit of trial and error. Soon you’ll be forgetting that you’re not just drinking it as a treat, and it’ll no longer feel like something you just have to do for the sake of your nutrition. Even though it doesn’t take a long time to whip up a shake, it’s going to taste amazing. Long gone are the days where protein shakes consist of the predictable water and powder combination – it’s time to experience them for what they could really be.
Protein is a staple nutrient in everybody’s diet, and it’s not one that should be shrugged off and forgotten or treated lightly. To simply keep our bodies functioning properly, we need to be meeting our recommended required amount of protein each day as it’s our main source of energy. If you’re neglecting your protein intake, even if you do not feel the impact when younger, your body is being impacted and such impacts are most expressed in our later years.
Protein shakes are a great way to make sure that you’re getting your daily hit of protein and they’re the perfect method to start off your day or finish off a good work-out. It’s best not to leave it to chance and suffer from experiencing a deficiency, so we highly recommended making the use of protein shakes. That being said, you can use any type of our protein powders, though some will add a little more flavor to recipes than others. Notably, whey protein powder is one of the best sources of protein as it’s easy absorbed by the body, packed full of nutrients and amino acids, and tolerated well by most.
Well, back to the recipe, what could protein shakes really be? Well, for one thing, a lot of shakes can actually double as desserts. We know it sounds a bit odd – especially if you tend to have your shakes in the morning as a way to get the day going – but it’s true. In this recipe, we recreate that delicious taste of a blueberry cheesecake for you to enjoy. It’s not every day that you get the chance to say you’ve enjoyed the flavor of cake in the morning while still being healthy, so you’ve got to try out this recipe.
To create this delicious blueberry cheesecake protein shake, you’ll need:
- 2 scoops of protein powder
- 4 tbsp low-fat cottage cheese
- ½ cup milk (of your choice)
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- Sweetener (to taste)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Ice (as needed)
Begin by adding the protein powder and the water or milk to the blender. Keep in mind that, if you want to use milk, versions such as full-fat dairy milk will cause the shake to be thicker and denser. When it comes to the protein that we recommend, we think it’s a good idea to experiment with this recipe and try using vanilla whey as it gives it more of a taste. The vanilla whey protein powder from Naked Nutrition isn’t overwhelming, and it’s definitely not going to ruin the recipe by being too strong, so give it a shot. If you’d prefer, you can always use unflavored protein powder too from the same brand which contains only 1 ingredient – whey protein.
Once you’re happy that the liquid and powder is well combined, add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. If you’re looking for a thicker shake, then add ice cubes to the mix, blend, and see the result. Take it slow, as you don’t want to make it too thick straight away, but you’ll soon find out what you prefer and how to reach that result. Likewise, you can always add more frozen berries! That’ll boost both the flavor and the thickness.
Your protein shake is ready! Simply pour into your favorite cup and enjoy that delicious taste of blueberry cheesecake.
About Author: Stephen Zieminski is the founder of Naked Nutrition, a supplements company with nothing to hide. After years of athletics and trying to increase endurance and recovery he found himself frustrated by the amount of filler, sugar and chemicals the supplements he was taking so he decided to make his own.
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