It’s been a while since I’ve divulged a protein shake recipe. This one is just as exciting to me as the Orange Julius copycat.
Making coffee flavored shakes is actually a no-brainer. Lots of protein powders on their own taste pretty nasty, but the underlying flavors of vanilla or chocolate go well with coffee, and coffee can do a lot to cover up the nasty tastes.
I always use flavorful protein powders from Isopure which I, of course, source locally from Netrition (because they have the lowest prices on the internet, because I work right next door and because I can pick up and not pay for shipping). For this particular concoction, I like vanilla the best, but I’ve done it with chocolate, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip protein flavors.
Basically, you dump 8-10 oz of water, 1 scoop of protein powder, and 1 teaspoon of instant coffee into a blender and whiz away.
Well, you could start with cold coffee instead of water if you don’t want to use instant stuff. You could also use espresso powder or throw in a shot of espresso if you have access to a good coffee machine. You could start with hot coffee and add ice. You want it stronger? Add more coffee. By now you should have the idea.
Because the powder I use doesn’t have any fat or carbs, this isn’t a meal replacement by any means. It’s just a quick way for me to sneak 100 calories of pure protein into my body after doing moderate weights.
If you want more of a meal replacement, add stuff like yogurt, bananas, chia seeds, or even skim milk.
The blender is actually pretty essential, too. It creates enough force to whip the protein into the drink. During this process, air gets incorporated and the proteins start to denature and bubble up, leading to a good, frothy texture that is refreshing and somewhat fulfilling.