Other than water, protein is the next most important component in our bodies. Our bodies require protein to repair and maintain tissues and protein is also important in the forming of other parts of the body e.g. muscles, hair, skin, eyes etc.
Talk about protein shakes and most people will likely think of bodybuilders, athletes or dieters. People who exercise a lot need more protein than the average person, so that their bodies can recover faster from their intense exercise regimes.
Protein shakes can be made from different types of protein, like whey protein, soy protein and egg white protein. Based on their activities, different people will require different types of protein shake. For instance, an athlete will need a protein shake that not only gives high protein, but also high in carbohydrates to provide him with extra energy. Dieters on the other hand, will definitely prefer shakes with high protein but low in carbohydrates and fats.
Protein shakes commonly come in powder form. Soy protein does not greatly change in taste, but whey protein may not be the most delicious thing. Many people who drink whey protein shakes have a common complaint – the chalky taste. Many brands of shakes are available in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors, but it still boils to individual preferences whether these flavors are good enough.
One way to find a good tasting protein shake is to try different brands. I know there are probably too many brands for you to try. Rally up your fellow gym mates, your colleagues and your friends, people whom you know are drinking protein shakes. All of you can then try different brands of shakes and feedback on their taste as well as effectiveness. Or share the shakes amongst yourselves so that you can be sure you like the taste before you go and buy a big tub of the protein shake powder. There are brands that claim to taste like ice cream shakes and you may just be lucky enough to find it is true!
Another way is to experiment and try adding other ingredients to improve the taste of your protein shake. Do not simply add anything you think will taste good. As far as you can, add natural ingredients to your shake, for example fresh fruits like strawberries and raspberries. The sugars found in fruits are important in our diet and better than sugar found in carbonated drinks and candies.
You can also give your protein shake an additional boost of protein by adding in pasteurized egg whites or nuts. Just remember to add some liquid like juice or flavored chocolate milk, until you achieve the consistency that you want.
Lastly, you can try to personalize your protein shake. Perhaps you like the taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, natural peanut butter, or even green tea powder? Try adding a little and see how it turns out. Who knows, you may end up creating your own best-tasting and unique flavor!
Want to try a really tasty protein shake that will help you build muscle right now? Check out this homemade banana & peanut butter protein shake recipe, which is listed at the bottom of the page.