Protein or meal replacement shakes are often used when trying to lose weight or just to stay in shape. However, a lot of times when people tackle the task of making protein shakes at home they often turn into dreaded shakes that many just do not want to drink. Here are a few tips to make any protein shake tastier without adding a ton of extra calories.
Almond milk is a great addition to any protein shake. However, it may scare off a few people from trying it because it is generally new to the market and not regular milk that everyone is used to drinking.
Regular 1% milk has about 103 calories per a standard serving, and that is 1 cup. If the same amount of unsweetened almond milk was used in it’s place it comes in at only 30 calories per standard serving.
Almond Breeze has an option to try called Refrigerated Almond Breeze that ranges in many different flavors and can be found for the same price of regular milk.
“Calcium-enriched Almond Breeze offers a rich, delicious, lactose-free milk alternative with no saturated fat and no cholesterol,” according to their website.
Try opting to using almond milk in any protein shake and taste and lower calories are just a few of the benefits.
Nutella is an excellent option to add flavor to any shake. First, if anyone has ever wanted to add peanut butter to a shake but an allergy held you back Nutella is the solution.
“Nutella hazelnut spread does not contain peanuts or peanut ingredients. There is no risk of cross contamination with peanuts in the facility in which Nutella is manufactured,” as stated on their website .
One thing to look out for when using Nutella is concerned is the serving size to calorie ratio. One serving size is 2 tablespoons and comes in at 200 calories. This may seem a little high and may turn off people from using it, but cutting back the serving size to 1 tablespoon will get enough of the flavor without sacrificing taste.
Fruits are an excellent source of flavor to any shake and most are very low in calories. Strawberries should be at the head of the pack when choosing to add some flavor to that shake. A medium strawberry comes in at just 4 calories and packs a bunch when adding a few of them to that protein mix.
A bonus flavor to mix with the strawberries would be to choose a kiwi as well. The two together give a great refreshing taste that translate into something anyone would drink everyday.
The kiwi also is low calorie and has many health benefits.
“Raw kiwi contains actinidain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that can help digest a meal much like the papain in papaya or bromelain in pineapple,” according to Diana Herrington of Care2.com.
There are lots of different fruits out there that will add taste without the extra calories, just give it a try and see for yourself how much more fun a shake can really be.