Even though you can get pretty creative with protein powder, there's no denying a protein shake can be a little lackluster. Most powders aren't that palatable once you toss 'em around with water, plain and simple.
But whirring together a shake bulked up with smart ingredients can absolutely transform your liquid muscle-maker's texture and flavor from tolerable to tasty. Here's how.
1. Add fruit
Start with strawberries, cherries, raspberries, bananas, and fresh peaches. Dump everything into a blender, and process until smooth.
2. Use more water
It helps to reduce thickness, and mellow out flavors and sweetness for a more optimal taste.
3. Swap water for milk
It’ll create a smoother, creamier texture that’s more like a milkshake—and add more protein.
4. Make it a full-on smoothie
Instead of blending in fruit, add a cup of ice before you blend. You can also toss in a few spoonfuls of regular or Greek yogurt or peanut butter—again, for extra protein plus a thicker, creamier shake texture.