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Best Ways to Mix Your Protein Powder (4 Healthy Options)

Tyler Sellers
Published by Tyler Sellers
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: September 18, 2021

You can bet that we have tried protein powder with a lot of other products.

Protein powder is often necessary for your fitness goals like getting energy and gaining muscle. However, consuming the same protein shake after your workout or as a meal replacement gets boring fast.

There’s also a certain technique involved in avoiding clumpy shakes that don’t help the flavor at all. We have tested a lot of options, and we’re going to share the best information with you about what to mix protein powder with.

How To Mix Your Protein Powder

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1. Shaker Bottle

The first is use a shaker bottle. It looks like any other reusable bottle. However, it has one key feature. It contains a mixer that often looks like a whisk shaped into a ball. A shaker cup is a convenient way to mix your protein powder with liquids.

2. Blender

The second option is to use a blender. This is the much better option if you are going to combine your protein powder with solid ingredients like bananas or ice cubes. It helps you create delicious protein smoothies in no time.

What to Mix with Protein Powder?

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Sometimes you need to experiment with new recipes to keep yourself from getting bored of even the best tasting protein powder drink.

Here are some ideas on what to mix your protein powder with.

1. Water

Water is the easiest choice to combine protein powder with. Just put it to your shaker bottle and you are good to go. Despite its convenience, the taste can get boring even if you have the tastiest whey protein powder.

Coconut water may give it some flavor. Coconuts are high in unsaturated fat which may be something you want to consider if you are on a weight loss program. (1)

Related post: Best tasting protein powders with water

2. Milk

Milk is another easy and convenient choice to add to your protein powder mix. Just like using milk to make hot cocoa, it helps create a creamier texture. Options range from skim to 2% fat with the latter providing a creamier texture.

Unlike water, it can also add more protein and nutritional value to your diet. There are tons of ingredients you can experiment with. You may also want to consider soy, oat, or nut milks.

They can contain more calories and sugars than cow’s milk though, so read the label to ensure that you are getting what you want.

My personal favorite option is almond milk, it creates a creamy texture and unsweetened almond milk doesn’t even have added sugars. Try it on your own and let me know in the comments section of your feedback!

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3. Smoothies

There are several protein smoothie recipes out in the world. Our favorite is the Orgain organic protein powder shake recipes. They provide a large variety, and it’s not hard to find something that you like even if you are gluten free.

Adding frozen fruits or vegetables can make your protein smoothie even more healthy. You can try banana, apple, and orange for starters. (2) It’s a nice way to put some variety to your morning drink.

4. Protein Bars

Did you think your love of baking had to go out the window when you started a healthier diet? Well, we have good news for you, there are plenty of delicious and healthy baking recipes out there.

One great idea is to start making your own protein bars. You may not know but there are many protein powder for baking.

It’s cost-effective and you can customize them to create a unique flavor that you enjoy eating. Grab your chocolate protein powder and go crazy.

Watch this video and learn how to make homemade protein bars using only 4 ingredients.

How to Make a Smooth Protein Shake


Even after you’ve chosen the perfect way to mix your powder, there is still the risk of lumping it up.

Lumpy protein shakes just aren’t quite frankly, the worst thing ever, and so we have a few more tips on how you can prevent them.

One of these tips is to sift your powder with a fork before mixing it with a liquid. This ensures each grain of powder has a better chance of dissolving before it sticks together to form that inseparable goo.

If you are using a shaker cup, then another trick to ensure a smooth protein drink is to fill the bottle halfway and then put it in your powder, shake it up, then fill it up with your chosen mixer.

Can I Mix Coffee with Protein Powder?

coffee beans and powder

Protein powder in coffee can be a delicious combination. However, you need to be careful on you blend it.

Putting hot coffee in a shaker bottle creates steam that can cause it to open. So the best option is to slowly add the protein powder to you drink while stirring constantly to prevent lumps.

You can put bananas, almond milk, cacao nibs, and cubed ice in your coffee protein shake. Sounds yummy!

Is It Better to Mix Protein with Milk or Water?

It depends on your personal preference. Water will add no calories, but it also doesn’t add any taste or nutrition.

Milk will add a creamy taste and other necessary nutrition like calcium, and it adds extra protein and calories.

How Can I Make My Protein Shake Taste Better?

blending a smoothie

Some options include using a shaker cup and using milk as your preferred liquid. You could also get flavored protein powders like vanilla or chocolate.

Adding protein powder with fresh fruit, yogurt, or peanut butter to create a smoothie is another great idea.

There are tons of ingredients that you can add in your protein powder!

Try searching the web for famous recipes or you can create your own and experiment. Then, adjust the ingredients according to your taste.

How Many Scoops of Protein Should I Use?

scoop of powder

Protein powder usually recommends one scoop as a typical serving size. However, brands have varying scoop sizes.

It’s important to read the label to determine how much protein content is in each scoop. Your daily protein needs depends on your age and physical activity level.

If you are unsure, you can also consult your physician to know the correct dosage.

It is still best to get an expert's opinion than deciding on your own.

The Best Ingredient to Mix with Protein Powder

This can vary from person to person. It can also depend on what kind of protein powder you are taking and what you decide to combine it with.

Whey is a popular protein powder and is often mixed with milk to create a creamier taste. You can experiment to decide which combination makes your taste buds happiest.

There are several ways to mix protein powder. A little creativity can go a long way. Don’t be afraid to try something new and see if you like it.

Always take into consideration what your body goals are and if what you are eating is helping you reach them.


  1. Natalie Butler, RD, LD, Is saturated or unsaturated fat better for you?, retrieved from
  2. The Editors Of Prevention, 30 Healthy Smoothie Recipes That Are Delicious and so Simple to Make, retrieved from

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  1. I’ve always wondered what is the best liquid to mix with protein powder, and yes I agree that it varies from person to person. As for me, I prefer mixing it with my smoothie! Yum!

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