What are the best fruits for a protein shake?
These top 5 favorite fruits help you get the most out of a NuEthix whey protein shake
Unflavored whey tastes kind of blah. Fruit tastes good. Should you combine them? Yes!
For those who aren’t breakfast people, (even though you know that breakfast gives you a boost to start the day) try a shake of whey and fruit to increase your energy from protein while keeping calories low.
Even with the flavored whey offered by NuEthix, including chocolate, peanut butter and vanilla, a half-cup of fruit adds flavor and vitamins with only a few calories. (And if your favorite person insists that you add kale to your diet, a whey/kale shake is a good way to make that go down, too, with all the benefits.)
Whey is the watery remains of milk that has been made into curds for cheese. According to lore, Hippocrates, the Greek who is considered the “Father of Medicine,” said back around 400 BC that his patients got an immunity boost from whey.
Whey has been popular ever since, but it fell to others to make whey into a powder and add peanut butter and other flavors, which is the popular form we know today. When you compare whey protein powder against
As mentioned above, even a tasty flavored whey product might get a little tired after several days of converting it into a morning shake, which is why the idea of adding fruit is such a good idea. A variety of different fruits can perk up a shake with a little sweetness or a pinch of acidity.
Not only does fruit taste good, it’s good for you. As this article in the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes, people who eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day are more likely to lose weight and prevent disease.
Here are five fruits that make the best whey shakes:
You may consider the apple as bland, or worthwhile only when eaten whole and crunchy. But in addition to liquifying slices in your blender as you make your shake, you can substitute a half-cup of apple juice or apple sauce to speed the process. No matter which way you add it, apple is sweet but not overwhelming, so its 0.1 grams of protein and 0 grams of fat can go in a plain or (any) flavored whey shake. As a high-fiber and low-calorie fruit, apples help with weight loss. They also provide Vitamin C and traces of magnesium, selenium and phosphorus.
Sometimes you want people to notice you’re drinking a healthy breakfast shake, and strawberries added to plain or vanilla-flavored whey will draw eyes to your healthy lifestyle. Add a half-cup of fresh or frozen strawberries for an acidic pop along with the sweetness and a gram or so of fiber. Along with lots of Vitamin C, strawberries will add folate, potassium and manganese to your diet.
Grab a handful or carefully measure them out. Either way, blueberries add a tart finish that can stand up to peanut butter, chocolate or any other whey flavor. You will benefit from a gram of protein and 2 grams of dietary fiber. They also come in fresh and frozen form, and both provide good doses of Vitamin K, Vitamin C and manganese.
This flavorful and crunchy fruit can now be found in little containers that you can dump right into the blender. If you are like a lot of us health nuts, though, you take the time to break the fleshy seeds out of a whole pomegranate to enjoy both bragging rights and the ultimate freshness.
Pomegranate, too, can stand up to any flavor of whey. Along with 2.5 grams of protein found in every half of a pomegranate, it is a good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Plus, the mashed seeds at the bottom of the cup add a satisfying grit to your breakfast. If you don’t like that, you can buy the juice and add that instead.
Not just for salsa. Mango adds a thick juiciness to your shake that also makes you think of the tropics. It’s a great way to start the day. Half a mango will add about 60 calories and 0.5 grams of protein, as well as Vitamin C, folate and copper.
You may have noticed we didn’t mention banana. That’s because every whey shake needs half a banana to make it creamy and smooth. Bananas are good for you (Harvard wrote an article about the history and benefits of bananas) so keep plenty around for your breakfast.
All the benefits of fruit will go to waste, however, if you choose the wrong protein powder. When you compare whey against plant-based protein powder, you will find that whey, which contains all nine essential amino acids, is a better muscle builder because your body absorbs more of it while minimizing the rate of protein breakdown.
Check the list of ingredients on a NuEthix container and you will see only seven. That means most of what you’re buying is 100% whey isolate, with almost all of the natural milk sugars and fat removed. That leaves protein and branched chain amino acids, referred to in scientific journals as the “building blocks” of life.
You’ll feel better and get a healthy dose of protein when you make yourself a fruit-and-NuEthix whey shake for breakfast or lunch every day.
Here is a basic shake recipe to get you started. Feel free to experiment!
- 1 scoop NuEthix ISO-Perfect whey powder of any flavor
- 1 cup of water or almond milk Half-cup of fruit of your choice, frozen or fresh
- Half-cup of ice if using fresh fruit
- Add the liquid, whey, fruit and ice to a blender. Mix until the shake is the right consistency.
- Add a little more liquid or fruit until it is just right.
- Enjoy a healthy, energizing meal.