Protein Shake Not Right? Change How You Mix It!

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Protein Shake Not Right? Change How You Mix It!

Lately we here at ABN have been visiting some gyms and setting up a table for people to have a taste test of our two top products, the ABN Premium Protein Blend, and the Green Apple Pre-Workout. The Pre-Workout is always met with a “Wow!” or something like that because of the unique taste and bright green color.  It’s also super easy to mix and drink and there’s no real variation there.  But the protein is a different story.  I can’t count how many times I’ve heard “That’s just like a milk shake!” This is when we mix it with, well, milk.  When we mix it with water it’s not quite as thick and is usually met with something like, “Taste’s like chocolate milk.”

We usually will chat a bit with the people trying the protein about how they like it, how it compares to what they’re using now, and how they like to mix their shakes.  Water? Milk? Blender? Or just a shaker cup? Everyone has a different routine – one of our guys here loads his up with peanut butter, it’s all a matter of personal preference.

So we thought it would be a good idea to get the perspective from the owner of the company, Dr. Boris Borodin, a guy who has been mixing and drinking protein shakes for longer than I’ve been alive.  Here’s what he had to say…

“I have been using all brands and types of protein shakes for over 30 years and at this point I have pretty good experience at mixing them just right, just how I like them. Everybody is different though, and the taste of a protein shake can change depending on how you mix it.  Use a little more protein powder and a little less milk or water and it might be richer – use less and it will be a bit lighter.  When I try a new protein I always try to mix it the way the manufacturer says to mix it.

“Take 2 scoops and mix with 8 fl. oz. of water/milk and shake until powder is fully dissolved”…you know how the labels read.

Well if I like it that way, great, I don’t need to change it. If I don’t like it, I try to experiment a bit and mix it differently, add a little more protein powder, maybe a little less – you have to find the right balance.  Some protein shakes just might take a bit to find the right balance, it happens, but we’re not drinking these shakes for their texture and flavor, we’re drinking them for their content.

The goal is to find a great tasting protein shake that has an easy to drink texture so that we enjoy. So it’s always good to mess around with the mixture of the shake to find what’s right.  If it’s too thick, mix it with water rather than milk, same thing if it’s too sweet – mixing it with water will make the protein shake less sweet than if you had mixed it with milk.

Most of the people we asked that are using the ABN protein mix it as instructed, 2 scoops with 8 fl. oz. of skim milk or water, and I’m happy that’s how they mix it, but I personally find it to be just a little too thick.  I prefer just 1 scoop per 8 fl. oz. of water or milk, but again, it’s a matter of personal preference. I’ve even seen people adding crushed bananas and grapes to their protein shakes to help the taste, and that’s fine too.

What I’m trying to say is that the most important thing regarding your protein shakes is to get the proper daily dose of protein.  That’s why we make it.  That’s why we drink it. But if you’re finding the texture to be too thick or too sweet, or the opposite, you can change things.  Mix it differently, add in some fruit, use water instead of milk and vice versa, the options are endless!”