A protein shake can provide fuel for a workout or it can be used for muscle recovery after weightlifting. The clumping of protein powder makes the beverage unappetizing and difficult to drink. Some brands of protein powder will dissolve better than others due to a difference in texture or quality. If you find yourself with a protein powder that clumps all the time, your technique may be the problem. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent this.
Follow the instructions on the product label. Adding the incorrect amount of water or protein powder can cause clumping. Typically, use 1 scoop of protein power for every 8 ounces of water.
Pour the water before adding the protein powder. Clumping often occurs when the protein powder sticks to the bottom of the bottle or cup.
Use a protein shaker or a blender. Stirring the mixture will not get rid of all the clumps effectively. Use a blender if you are preparing your protein powder at home or use a protein shaker when at the gym or work.
Close the blender or protein shaker after adding the ingredients. Secure the lid tightly. Blend your mixture for about 30 seconds or shake the protein shaker vigorously for the same amount of time until the protein has dissolved in the water. Check the blender or shaker for clumps and continue to mix if the drink is not yet consistent.
- You can add ice, oats and fruit to your blender for a more nutritious beverage.
- Some protein powders can be added to soups, hot drinks and sauces. Check the directions before trying this.
- You can replace water with skim milk, almond milk or soy milk.