How to Make Protein Shakes Taste Better

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By Rebekah Pierce

Reviewed by Juliana Tamayo, MS, RDN - Last Updated

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Protein shakes are an important part of a healthy diet, but let’s be honest—they don’t always taste so great. If you find yourself wanting to gag down your protein shake every morning, this article is for you! 

Here are some tips on how to make your protein shake taste like a milkshake. 

How to Improve the Taste of Protein Powder

 Protein powder is essential for maintaining muscle mass, but it doesn’t always have the best taste. If you are looking for ways to make your protein powder more palatable, here are some tips on how to add taste to your protein powder and make it more enjoyable. 

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Choose the Right Type of Protein 

The first step in spicing up the flavor of your protein powder is to choose the right type of protein. There are many different types of proteins available, ranging from plant-based proteins such as pea and rice protein, to animal-based proteins, like whey protein and casein. 

Depending on your dietary preferences, you should try out different types of proteins until you find one that has a taste that suits you best. There’s a tasty protein shake out there for everyone!

Mix The Powder Into a Smoothie

Another way to make your protein powder more palatable is by mixing it into a smoothie. This allows you to combine the protein with other ingredients that provide flavor and texture. 

For example, if you prefer a sweeter flavor, you can mix in fresh or frozen fruit; or if you prefer something savory, try adding spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to experiment! 

Use Natural Organic Honey or Maple Syrup for Healthy Sweetening

If your protein still needs some additional sweetness, try adding natural organic honey or maple syrup instead of artificial sweeteners. Both honey and maple syrup provide natural sweetness without the added sugar and calories found in traditional sweeteners. 

Plus, they are much healthier options than processed sweeteners! 

Make a Milkshake with Milk and Protein Powder

Forget the boring glasses of water and try adding some ice-cold milk and protein powder together into a blender. The combination of sweet dairy and protein makes for a tasty chocolatey milkshake that is sure to please. Plus, this shake will keep you full all morning long! 

Try a Milk Substitute

If you are looking for something a bit different, try using almond or coconut milk instead. This is especially helpful for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, as many brands offer plant-based protein powders that taste great when mixed with these milks. 

As an added bonus, many of them contain healthy fats that are good for your body. 

Consider alternatives to cow’s milk like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. You can even use Greek yogurt for an even creamier texture. These will help support muscle growth and offset some of the strong flavor of your protein powder.

Add Protein Powder to Fresh or Frozen Fruit, Then Blend

If you want something even sweeter than milk or other dairy substitutes, you can always add fresh fruit like strawberries or bananas into the mix along with your protein powder before blending it all together. 

This will give you an even thicker consistency and more sweetness without needing any extra sweeteners or sugar. 

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Add More Water to Dilute the Taste of the Powder

If all else fails and the taste of the protein powder is still too strong for your liking, simply add more water until it has reached a flavor profile that suits your tastes best. This way, you can still get all the benefits of drinking protein powder without having to endure its taste if you don’t want to! 

Avoid Cheap Protein Powders

If there’s one thing you shouldn’t skimp on when it comes to protein powder, it’s quality. Cheap brands are often made with inferior ingredients and fillers that don’t offer much nutritional value. And they usually don’t taste great, either. So if you want the best-tasting protein shake possible, invest in a high-quality protein powder from a reputable brand. 

Invest in a High-Quality Blender

Believe it or not, the blender you use can make all the difference when it comes to making a tasty shake. If your blender isn’t up to snuff, then no amount of flavoring will ever make your shake truly delicious. Invest in a good-quality blender—we recommend something with at least 1000 watts—and blend away!  

Avoid the “Fancy” – Sounding Flavors 

It might be tempting to try one of those “fancy-sounding” flavors like chocolate raspberry truffle or pineapple coconut swirl. 

But these sugar-laden flavors are usually loaded with artificial sweeteners and preservatives that don’t do anything for your health—or your taste buds! Stick with simple flavors like vanilla or chocolate whey and add natural ingredients like fresh fruit and nuts instead. 

Mix Unflavored Protein Powder with Cocoa Powder 

For an easy way to add flavor without adding any extra calories or carbs, mix some cocoa powder into your unflavored protein powder before adding liquid. 

The cocoa adds a subtle sweetness as well as giving your shake a nice chocolaty flavor—perfect for those who love chocolate but aren’t a fan of overly sweet shakes!  

Mix in Ice

If you want to make sure your shake stays cold and creamy without having to add too many other ingredients, just throw in some ice cubes before blending everything together. You’ll get all the benefits of added flavor without any extra calories or additives! Plus, cold shakes tend to be more refreshing than warm ones anyway!  

Add Spices Like Cinnamon or Vanilla Extract

Adding spices like cinnamon or vanilla extract are a great way to add flavor without adding calories. Not only can these spices help mask the taste of the protein powder itself, but they also provide some health benefits like lowering blood sugar levels and aiding in digestion. 

Try Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a great way to make your shakes more delicious without adding too many calories. It adds not only flavor but also healthy fats and proteins that can help support muscle growth and recovery.

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Fill Your Ingredients Up the Right Way

When making your shakes, it’s important to fill up your ingredients properly so that everything blends together smoothly and evenly without any lumps or chunks in it. 

Keep it Cold

Keeping your shake cold helps preserve its freshness longer and prevents it from tasting overly sweet or artificial due to the oxidation of certain ingredients in heat.

Drink Immediately After Making It

One of the best tips for making protein shakes taste better is to drink them immediately after adding protein powder and mixing everything together.

This helps your protein shakes taste great because the flavored protein powder doesn’t have any time to settle, which is often what leads to that chalky flavor. 

How to Improve the Consistency of Protein Shakes

Want to make your protein shake taste less chalky – without adding a ton of extra calories? 

If you’re one of those people who gulps down a protein shake in one long sip and then makes a face, you’ve probably experienced the dreaded “chalky taste.” But don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to make your protein shakes easier to swallow without adding a ton of extra calories

Try a Few Different Brands

Believe it or not, some protein powders have more chalky flavors than others. If you find that you’re consistently not enjoying the flavor of your shakes, try switching brands. Also, take the time to read reviews online so that you can get an idea of which brands have better tastes and fewer aftertastes.  

Use Nut Butters or Greek Yogurt to Make It Creamier 

Adding nut butters or Greek yogurt can help make your shake creamier – plus they add healthy fats and proteins that will help keep you full longer. Just be sure to watch out for added sugar in pre-made nut butters, as these can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels without providing much nutrition. 

Try Milk Instead of Water 

Another way to make your shake taste less chalky is to substitute milk for water – or even almond milk or coconut milk if those appeal more to your palate. This will give your shake some extra creaminess while still keeping it relatively low-calorie (unless you opt for whole milk). 

Plus, the added calcium from dairy products can help strengthen your bones and teeth! 

Do Protein Shakes Taste Better With Milk or Water?

Everyone knows that protein shakes are an essential part of achieving the perfect physique, but one question still remains: should you drink your protein shake with water or milk? Believe it or not, this is an age-old debate that has been going on since the dawn of time (or at least since protein shakes were invented). 

Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference when it comes to which liquid makes protein shakes taste the best. 

Those in favor of using milk instead of water say that it makes the shake taste better and more creamy than when it’s made with just water. Plus, they argue that adding milk to your shake will give you an extra boost of calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. 

Not to mention, those who prefer their shakes with milk tend to think they are thicker and more filling than when they’re made with just water.  

On the flip side, those who opt for water instead of milk say that adding milk will increase calorie intake, which can be counterproductive if you are trying to lose weight. They also point out that drinking a protein shake with just water can help you stay hydrated without loading up on empty calories from dairy products. 

Not only that, but some people find that their stomachs don’t agree with dairy products, so having a protein shake with just water is a good way to avoid any potential discomfort. 

Final Thoughts

Protein shakes don’t have to be boring! With these tips, you can transform your regular morning protein shake into something that actually tastes good—and is good for you, too. 

Whether it’s experimenting with different flavors, adding natural sweeteners, or switching up the type of milk you use, there are plenty of ways to make your protein shakes taste better without compromising on nutrition. 

So go ahead—try out these tips and make your mornings more enjoyable!

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Rebekah Pierce

Rebekah Pierce is a professional writer specializing in a variety of niches, including health and fitness. Her unique blend of experience managing and owning a regenerative farm, along with a background working in both secondary and higher education, gives her the versatility needed to write about a variety of topics. She has a B.A. in English and a M.S.Ed. in Special Education. She's an avid runner, having completed multiple marathons and half marathons, and believes in the profound power of overall health, wellness, and good nutrition when it comes to changing lives!