Using Whey Protein Supplements in Homemade
Bodybuilding Shake Recipes
If you are serious about building muscle mass
or sculpting your body you most likely supplement
your diet with commercially available whey or
soy protein powders (and possibly other supplements).
No doubt within a short period of time you discovered
the protein shakes whey powders produce may not
be the best tasting drinks you've ever had. Despite
this you try to stick with them because your goal
is a better body and a supplement shake that doesn't
taste so great is simply a sacrifice you make.People
find that the flavor of the protein shake powder
they paid a good money for quickly gets boring.
If you are taking your protein shakes two or even
three times a day it can become a real chore.
This is when people start to experiment a little
by adding other ingredients to make their protein
shakes taste a little better.You can soon turn
your boring, often tasteless, protein shakes into
mouth-watering bodybuilding or dieting delights.
All you need to have to get started is a blender
and a little imagination.Some Tips For Picking
Your Bodybuilding Shake ContentsBefore rushing
off to your refrigerator to blend everything in
site, let's go through some basic principles you
will want to consider first.
Not only do you want
to create the best tasting shakes but you should
also aim to make the most effective protein shakes
for your dieting requirements. This is important
because there is no point throwing full fat ice
cream, chocolate sauce, peanut butter and full
fat milk all together to create a wonderful tasting
fat gaining shake. You need to be a little wise
when choosing your ingredients.So what kinds of
ingredients make good choices for your shakes?
I recommend using the following tips when getting
your ingredients from the supermarket or refrigerator:Try
to keep as many of your ingredients as natural
A good example of this is using natural peanut
butter instead of regular peanut butter. The natural
version has better protein content and also natural
fats that are important in your diet.Fresh fruit
should be used whenever possible. Fruit contains
the carbohydrates that will fuel your workouts
and your day. The complex sugars in fruit are
important to any diet (unlike the simple sugars
in sweets, sodas, etc).
Think about ingredients
that will boost your shake's protein content.
For example, you could throw a handful of nuts
into the blender for a little extra protein without
making the shake much thicker. You could add a
few raw egg whites (if you are worried about eating
raw eggs you may be able to find treated egg whites
in cartons at your supermarket). You could always
simply dump an extra scoop of whey powder in there
as well.Make sure you have enough liquids. If
you get a little too carried away you may discover
your shake is easier to eat with a spoon then
drink from a glass.
When you first start creating your shakes it
is a good idea to add your liquids (water, fat-free
milk, fruit juices, etc.) in stages so that you
get your desired consistency.Examine the nutritional
information for each ingredient and consider the
impact it will have on your dieting goals. For
example, you may be opting for fat free (skimmed)
milk if you aren't trying to gain weight.
know what your goal is and make your shakes accordingly.
If you are trying to shed the fat you will be
skipping the types of ingredients that add too
many carbohydrates and fats while trying to increase
the protein content.Think of how you might create
a unique flavor. You can try things like cinnamon,
vanilla, honey, coconut milk, etc.
Once you get the hang of this you will see the
possibilities are endless.Blending the Ingredients
of Your New Protein DrinkOnce you have decided
on the ingredients for your shake you are ready
to start. It couldn't be simpler and if you can
make toast you won't have a problem. It's a good
idea to think about the order in which you will
add your ingredients into the blender.
add your main liquid source first so that everything
else you add afterwards is easily blended. Following
this, add your protein powder and give your blender
a quick 'burst'. Now you are ready to add the
rest of your ingredients and blend until you get
the right consistency. At this point you may want
to add a little more liquids to tweak your shake's
Throw in five or six ice cubes to make
your shake more refreshing.Now you can let your
imagination invent all sorts of bodybuilding and
dieting concoctions that make your supplement
shakes a great deal tastier. Don't forget to share
your creations with friends at the gym and people
across the world through the internet. You will
also discover many ideas other people come up
with to inspire you further.
Visit websites and online forums for recipes
and you can get some ideas from my site's homemade
protein shakes using whey supplement powders section.Happy
blending!------------Adam Zahler has built the
Whey Protein Supplements in Bodybuilding Recipes
site, a free resource with information on using
commercial supplements in your own bodybuilding
recipes. Visitors to the site can find recipe
ideas and also share their own recipes for making
protein shakes, protein bars and other snacks.