How To Make Your Own Protein Powder

Naturally Flavoured Protein Powder

I felt lethargic and foggy minded shortly after drinking my protein shakes in the past. I didn't think anything of it until I started coming across info about artificial flavouring and sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame not being favourable towards long term good health. It's in pretty much all protein powders and the FDA / government says it's legal and okay for consumption? Cigarettes are also legal but we'll just leave it at that.

I've since switched to making my own naturally flavoured and sweetened chocolate protein powder and weight gainer blends and instantly noticed a difference. It's not conclusive if the difference was from either dropping the artificial sweetener/flavouring or adding in pure cocoa with it's proven health benefits.

Here's how I flavour my protein powder which I find tastes better than the artificial stuff. Give it a try if you're tired of odd tasting chocolate powders.



Ingredients

Unflavoured Protein Powder: I buy mine in bulk from Canadian Protein to save money. Any type of unflavoured powder will do for this recipe. Natural grass-fed New Zealand whey, isolates, concentrates, even vegan protein powders. I usually buy the blend.

Pure Cocoa Powder: Sounds easy enough but check the ingredients label. Some cocoa powders aren't pure and are mixed with things like potassium carbonate which is used to make stuff like soap and glass. For the Canadians reading, I found some pure cocoa at Metro under their Selection brand.

Sugar or Stevia: I use granulated white sugar for sweetening but if you're watching your sugar or calorie intake, stevia is a good, zero calorie natural alternative. My favourite kind of stevia is this one made by Krisda because it sweetens perfectly and leaves no bitter aftertaste like most other brands do.

Directions

(These are guidelines. Adjust to taste)
  1. Pour 150-200mL of water into a shaker cup per 1 scoop of protein powder
  2. Add your protein powder
  3. Add 1/2 tbsp of pure cocoa powder and sugar per 1 scoop of protein powder
  4. Shake that shit up
  5. Get heeeeyoooge

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Words by Dan Profane

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Anonymous said...

Saw your post, love truenutrition.com. I've bought their gemma pea protein isolate, its really great and so is the price. It has sort of a nutty earthy flavor and mixes insanely well, doesn't thicken the shake at all! Just thought I'd give my quick review on vegan powders from them.