"Spicing" up your protein shakes

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    May 07, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    Getting tired of your protein shakes?

    I've started adding a couple teaspoons of ground cinnamon to my shakes (vanilla or chocolate). Wow! Its like a whole new protein shake!

    Also, cinnamon is a great natural metabolism booster.

    Any other ideas? I am sure after a while I will get sick of this too! icon_lol.gif

    I also sometimes use a Amino Fuel (Amino Acids) that has a orange taste to it. Goes well with chocolate.

    My room mate mixes carrot juice into his (BLEH!!! sounds revolting to me)
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    May 07, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    Although this doesn't exactly "spice" it up, I find adding avocado to my smoothies gives them a nice rich taste, not to mention the fats in it are very good for you and help you to stay full longer.
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    May 07, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    ice cream!
    heavy whipping cream!

    aaaaaah!
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    May 07, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    Fresh ginger root.
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    May 08, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidAlthough this doesn't exactly "spice" it up, I find adding avocado to my smoothies gives them a nice rich taste, not to mention the fats in it are very good for you and help you to stay full longer.

    Mmmm. That sounds good.
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    May 08, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    GWriter said
    Scruffypup saidAlthough this doesn't exactly "spice" it up, I find adding avocado to my smoothies gives them a nice rich taste, not to mention the fats in it are very good for you and help you to stay full longer.

    Mmmm. That sounds good.


    Try avocado and banana. The two go great together.
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    May 08, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    fresh orange segments or a few splashes of orange juice to vanilla protein makes a great creamsicle.
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    May 08, 2012 4:48 AM GMT
    My preferred flavor is chocolate protein shakes. I also add sugar free pudding mix to the container and shake it up to distribute. In the morning, I add cold brewed coffee for a Java Mocha Shake. Sometimes, I add cinnamon and honey or banana and peanut butter for a change.

    For pre-workout or intra-workout energy drinks, powder flavors like watermelon blast or orange explosion often have a weird sweet taste to it. I put three or four single-serving packets of sugar free lemonade mix to the container, shake it to distribute. Gives it a nice tart flavor.

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    May 09, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    "cinnamon is a great natural metabolism booster"

    Really? Where did you come up with that? Did it come from your ass? It's certainly not a scientific fact in any literature I've read.
  • musicdude

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    May 09, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    what flavor is your whey protein though?

    i love mixing vanilla whey with oj and a few cubes of ice but i would never do that with my current wild berry flavored whey. the first flavor i ever bought was chocolat and i hated it
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    May 09, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidIn the morning, I add cold brewed coffee for a Java Mocha Shake.


    This. Chocolate + coffee = delicious, and that particular combo is enough to permit me to function in polite society without rampaging.

    You could also add Greek yogurt or frozen yogurt (or frozen Greek yogurt!). It'll make the shake richer and thicker, in addition to any new flavor, and frozen yogurt is especially nice in the summer.
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    May 09, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    I've been tossing in OJ and Oikos yogurt with the fruit on the bottom with my vanilla protein to make it more like a smoothie.

    Sometimes in the morning I'll put two scoops of mint chocolate gainer in an iced coffee. It actually tastes pretty great.

    That mint gainer also tastes great with an ice cream sandwich blended up with milk if you're looking for a substitute for dessert.
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    May 09, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    bluey2223 said"cinnamon is a great natural metabolism booster"

    Really? Where did you come up with that? Did it come from your ass? It's certainly not a scientific fact in any literature I've read.


    Geez... who pooped in your protein shake? I was told by a trainer before that it is similar to using cayanne pepper capsules and stuff. Sorry I was misinformed.

    I believe there are more constructive ways to prove and/or disprove peoples comments than just coming accross as a d-bag. There are still a lot of benefits to putting cinnamon on things, sorry I got one of them wrong.
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    May 09, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    Try a little coconut oil in your chocolate shakes.
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    May 09, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    Trail_Runner said
    bluey2223 said"cinnamon is a great natural metabolism booster"

    Really? Where did you come up with that? Did it come from your ass? It's certainly not a scientific fact in any literature I've read.


    Geez... who pooped in your protein shake? I was told by a trainer before that it is similar to using cayanne pepper capsules and stuff. Sorry I was misinformed.

    I believe there are more constructive ways to prove and/or disprove peoples comments than just coming accross as a d-bag. There are still a lot of benefits to putting cinnamon on things, sorry I got one of them wrong.


    Trainers aren't experts on nutrition. They are there to give you a workout. The general public doesn't know this.

    Also, you project way too much into my comment. I'm direct. This is text, not oral conversation.
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    May 09, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
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    I add a couple of tablespoons of this natural mint flavored liquid Chlorophyll to my chocolate whey shakes. Adds a ton of nutrients and flavor.
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    May 09, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    Optimum Nutrition Double Rich Chocolate Whey + two scoops of peanut butter + 1/2 banana + ice + milk + blender = protein shake amazingness.
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    May 09, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    GNC Whey Protein Mixed Berry Flavor (2 scoops) + milk + 1 banana + 1-2 cups of frozen strawberries....delicious. Have also added in 1/2 cup of oatmeal flakes, but it changes the consistency, and it's not quite as good.
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    May 09, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    bluey2223 said"cinnamon is a great natural metabolism booster"

    Really? Where did you come up with that? Did it come from your ass? It's certainly not a scientific fact in any literature I've read.



    Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

    Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

    In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

    In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

    It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

    In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

    When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

    One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
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    May 09, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    7Famark saidOptimum Nutrition Double Rich Chocolate Whey + two scoops of peanut butter + 1/2 banana + ice + milk + blender = protein shake amazingness.


    That's exactly the same as my daily shake, except i use a whole banana and i mix with unflavored almond milk, love it!
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    May 09, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles said
    bluey2223 said"cinnamon is a great natural metabolism booster"

    Really? Where did you come up with that? Did it come from your ass? It's certainly not a scientific fact in any literature I've read.



    Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

    Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

    In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

    In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

    It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

    In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

    When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

    One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.


    Thanks for the info. Maybe the trainer got mixed up on that point about regulating blood sugar.
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    May 09, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Oh siht! Here I am taking Gatorade, a protein bar and Creatine pills; when I could be feasting on my protein intake!!! Will have to try them ALL. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 09, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    Trail_Runner said
    Bigsmiles said
    bluey2223 said"cinnamon is a great natural metabolism booster"

    Really? Where did you come up with that? Did it come from your ass? It's certainly not a scientific fact in any literature I've read.



    Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

    Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

    In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

    In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

    It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

    In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

    When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

    One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.


    Thanks for the info. Maybe the trainer got mixed up on that point about regulating blood sugar.


    I've heard about the possible blood sugar regulating effects. Still won't "boost your metabolism," whatever that means. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, and most people absorb 99% of the calories in their gut unless they have a malabsorption disease. The research isn't good enough to be recommending it as firmly as these studies make it seem. It's still got some years of research before it will be in textbooks.
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    May 10, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    JoyfullyRandom saidOh siht! Here I am taking Gatorade, a protein bar and Creatine pills; when I could be feasting on my protein intake!!! Will have to try them ALL. icon_biggrin.gif


    Why are you drinking Gatorade? It's loaded with high fructose corn syrup, sugar and fructose.