Inexpensive, healthy, home made protein shake

Please dont buy pre-made protein shakes, not only are they a waste of money but most of them are horribly unhealthy – just read the label that has a list of ingredients as long as a roll of toilet paper!

You can make your own protein shake for 60 cents with just a banana, scoop of protein powder, and 8oz of milk, soy milk or juice. If you have the money and are health conscious, you can use organic stuff and that will up the cost but it will still be a lot cheaper than anything pre-made.
A few words about flavor mixing, you gotta be careful about mixing flavors. If you have chocolate protein powder, then its best to stick to neutral tasting liquids like milk. If you have the vanilla protein powder, you can use juices as well.
And remember, there is nothing magical about a protein shake – its just a meal replacement! Some people fall for the ads and start believing that shakes have some magical muscle building properties, not true. Massive, one time doses of protein dont do any good and they just turn into very expensive urine. You need your protein spread out in little doses every 2-3 hours. If you want to know how many calories and how much protein should be in your shake, use my meal calculator.
There are some that are concerned about mixing acidic juices (like orange juice) with protein powder for fear it will curdle and destroy the protein powder. In my experience, it causes no problem but avoid using juices if you are concerned.

11 thoughts on “Inexpensive, healthy, home made protein shake”

  1. @Adnan
    as you said HCl is the stomach and the stomach doesn't have taste buds. The problem is that unlike many hydrophbic proteins, whey is realtively unstable and very sensitve heat and acids even to the weakest acids regrdless of their disociation constants. if you try mixing whey with orange juice for example, the first thing you're going to notice is the effect of the its solubility which is a first sign of protein denaturation.

  2. dont knock the "rolled oats-protein powder-water" meal until you tried it!

    i thought it would be gross when i first saw it on scoobys site but now im converted. i have it as my 1st or 5th meal every day

  3. I love frozen banana protein shake. Thanks for great recipe. It's really freshing and tastes like real creamy ice cream. And much cheaper than soy milk or cow milk. I need to lose weight and avoid milk for now. But it works fine with cold plain tap water, too!

    Yup other fruit should work, like mango or strawberry. Pay attention to your protein's flavor. Plain vanilla taste goes well with additional fruit tastes.

    If you are serious sweet tooth and suffer from crave for sweets, try various protein recipe. They are so yum yum!!

  4. I tried grapefruit mixed in with an Actimel and protein powder a few weeks back, it was sick without the lumps!

    Much better having an orange or grapefruit separately rather than trying to mix them in, although apples work really well (add the core for more fibre).

    For those who have not tried the bananas, try two with a minimal amount of milk/soy and it comes out like ice cream, brill as a chill down after some hard cardio.

    ooooooo BLUEBERRIES! Freeze these little gems, they freeze extremely well, make an ace treat or a tasty addition to a shake if banana's are not your thing

    Here's a pic of a mango/apple mix with blue berries at the bottom, it was sweeeeeeeeeet
    (the green rabbit to the left was not an ingredient I hasten to add)

  5. I would suggest something like adding in the Almond milk alternatives (Almond Breeze or Silk Almond Milk). I'm not a fan of milk since people tend to have low-level allergic reactions to milk and don't even realize it. Plus, soy has issues that I won't discuss here about too. Whey Protein, Almond Milk, Bananas, Frozen Berries (Straw, Blue, Rasp, etc) are a phenomenal mixture. Just make sure you're feeding your engine every couple of hours like Scooby-sensei says above.

  6. This also tastes great using apricots, peaches (not frozen) or berries with Vanilla or Natural Whey, for breakfest I normally blend a cold cup of coffee (cooked the night before) with 2 bananas, 25g of Whey and a cup of milk, I call it the good morning scooby shake :-)

  7. I did not know about the frozen banana trick. Thanks. I just put a few in the freezer. I will try out this recipe tomorrow.

  8. protein powder with juice ?!
    well you have to be a bit careful of juice you should use. Mixing whey protein with any juice that has citric acid e.g. orange juice, isn't a good idea because citric acid denatures whey protein and makes it taste horrible.

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