Protein is considered one of the most important nutrients for building muscle and maintaining your fitness which is why you see so many people drinking protein shakes and eating protein bars these days.
I find it really hard to get all my protein needs in with my regular meals so I drink a shake most days of the week.
Also, admittedly I don’t want to eat a chicken salad every day for lunch nor spend all evening in the kitchen meal prepping.
How about you?
Would adding a tasty protein shake help you stay on track?
To help you get the most out of your wellness journey, below are some useful hacks to bring variety to your protein shakes and breakfast smoothies.
1. Try Out Different Recipes
One of the best hacks to never lose track of your fitness and stay true to your goals is to keep switching up your protein shake recipes.
This will bring a variety to your healthy diet and will help you get to know which recipe takes more time than the others.
Moreover, you will have a variety to choose from, and you won’t have to tell yourself every other day, “oh, it’s time to drink another boring drink.”
I know Ghost chips ahoy or Nutter Butter recipes might sound good but remember if you add bad stuff to your shake you’ll be defeating the purpose.
Check out my post, Isagenix shake recipes for ideas to change up the flavor without sacrificing your health.
2. Buy The Best Blender You Can Afford
One of the most frequent complaints that people have about protein shakes is that they don’t taste good.
The reason for this often has more to do with the blender than the actual ingredients.
If you don’t have a good blender that crushes the ice or mixes thoroughly then you won’t enjoy your protein shake.
If you are on the go and need to make your shake on the run then using a portable blender to prepare your protein shake works out great.
Blender bottles are easy for “grab and go” but if you have a few more minutes buy the very best blender you can afford and every shake you make will taste better.
This Nutribullet on Amazon is considered one of the best for shakes.
3. Add Healthy Fats And Fiber
You’ve probably been advised to avoid as many fats as possible in order to stay healthy but the reality is our bodies need fat.
Fat is used by our body just like protein and carbs are but just don’t overdo them.
Good fats are important for brain health, and fiber helps you feel full and keeps you from overeating.
Moreover, when your protein powder tastes too plain to drink, adding some good fats such as coconut oil or avocado will make it taste better.
4. Try Different Shake Flavors
As mentioned earlier, sticking to your routine and goals isn’t easy if the shake your drinking gets old.
Keeping in line with that, you can also spruce up your plain protein shake’s taste using different flavors.
This will let you enjoy your health-related aspirations without depriving your taste buds.
So instead of trying different recipes, you could opt to buy different shake flavors to have on hand.
The most popular protein supplement flavors are chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
For instance, having the base protein shake flavor as chocolate then you can use different recipes.
5. Avoid Processed And Unhealthy Ingredients
Since we have just talked about trying out new flavors to bring variety to your diet and fitness goals, there are some things that you should be mindful of in order not to ruin your health.
These things include watching for artificial flavoring, food coloring, denatured protein, and the wrong type of sweeteners.
Stay away from surculose (Splenda) and aspartame (NutraSweet) because sweeteners will only make your cravings for junk food worse.
Before you grab the big protein canister at Costco or buy the latest brand advertised on Tiktok check out the label for the ingredients.
For instance, when researching shake flavors I discovered “Ghost Lifestyle” which contains Hydrolyzed Whey, artificial flavors, sucralose, and red food dye #40 in their whey supplement.
Their protein shake flavors like Fruity Cereal Milk or Marshmellow Cereal Milk sound tasty but you won’t be helping your health by drinking them.
6. Experiment With The Milk You Use
Another way to motivate yourself to keep up with your daily protein intake is to try out different types of milk.
Try out oat milk or almond milk to see if you like it.
Keep in mind, that adding anything but water to your shake will add unwanted calories so take note of that, too.
Often the best protein shake is made with a protein supplement or meal replacement so you don’t have to use milk.
Related: This Cookies and Cream meal replacement shake tastes just like dessert.
7. Add Some Vegetables
Have you ever heard someone say, go get your veggies, when nothing else works?
Well, now you have!
Most of the time, experts suggest that in order to stay healthy and expand your source of fiber, iron, and other essential nutrients, you can add some of your favorite veggies to your breakfast smoothies.
This will enhance the taste, health benefits, and options for you to choose from when thinking of preparing your favorite healthy drink in the morning.
You will have to experiment to find the right combinations you’ll enjoy drinking.
Tip: Wash your fresh vegetables when you get them home from the store and freeze what you won’t use right away so you don’t waste them.
8. Choose Fruits For Natural Flavoring
Keep in mind to stay healthy and enrich your smoothies with all the goodness is always using natural flavors.
Take, for example, frozen berries, mangos, and other fruits that can be used to enhance the sweetness of your smoothies.
The reason behind artificial flavoring is that they contain chemicals that can impact you in different ways and mess up with your health without you noticing it.
Remember, if you are using protein shakes to help you lose weight be sure to avoid high sugar fruits like bananas and mangos.
Tip: Buy frozen fruit so you can quickly grab them from the freezer and you’ll avoid wasting it.
9. Avoid Adding Sugar To Your Shake
If you think your shake needs to be a little sweeter try using stevia or monk fruit instead of sugar.
Avoid Splenda since it has been known to cause health issues.
This is the stevia we currently use for our coffee and can be added sparingly to your shakes.
10. Try Premade Meal Replacement Shakes
It’s totally fine to make your shake with a protein supplement but unless you add enough calories or the right ingredients they often won’t fill you up and they’ll probably taste bad.
Who hasn’t drunk a yucky tasting shake or smoothie because they didn’t want to waste it?
When I found a few really great-tasting meal replacement shakes I stopped mixing up my own recipes.
Now, I might add a little fruit but I don’t have to add extra ingredients for bulk or nutrition.
Try this brand: Isagenix Isalean Meal Replacement Shake
11. Get Your Family Or Friends Involved
Ask your friend or family to create some different shake recipes with you.
Everyone can benefit from the extra protein or a quick meal.
My girls usually drink a strawberry and mango protein shake before theater rehearsals or soccer.
My husband and I typically drink this protein shake replacement for lunch instead of taking the time to make a meal.
There’s no doubt that in order to stay healthy, you should eat healthy fats, protein, and carbs.
Some days that’s easier to do than others.
For over 20 years, I’ve been grabbing a protein shake for a quick meal and have been using the tips above to avoid getting bored with them.
I hope the tips can help you, too.
If you have got anything to add or suggest, feel free to drop them in the comments section below!
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