Question: Is it a good idea to buy prepared protein filled drinks from fast food chains?
I would never recommend you purchasing any protein drink from restaurants or fast food chains. I was driving home from my personal training session at the gym after realizing I forgot my protein shake at home and was heading to University afterwards. I recalled a friend mentioning drinking a protein smoothie at Starbucks, and kept debating in my head whether to grab one or not. I passed by Starbucks and decided Iâ€™d give it a shot. They had two flavors, strawberry and orange mango. Iâ€™m a fan of anything that has to do with mango, and decided Iâ€™d give it a shot. I grabbed my usual dry roasted almonds for an extra protein punch. She handed over my drink as she finished writing my name on it. Whatâ€™s inside the cup is not so personalized, I thought.
I took a sip of the drink and found it to be very, very sweet. Is this really a protein drink? Yikes. I knew for a fact they didnâ€™t stick in real fruit, except the half banana she peeled and tossed in at the end. It tasted like sugary melted ice cream to me. I ended up sticking with the almonds and thought Iâ€™ll rather lack my protein shake than drink this stuff.
My Specialty Protein Drinks
1 cup Organic 2% or whole milk/unsweetened almond milk (or coconut*) 1 cup Organic frozen/fresh berries 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds 1 teaspoon chia seeds/hemp seeds
Optional: top with chunks of raw walnuts/seeds/ or chunks of fruit (organic mango, organic raspberries, etc)
Place all your ingredients in the hand blender cup (or a blender if you donâ€™t have a hand blender and cup) and blend until smooth and well mixed. Enjoy! I like mine thick and try putting less milk so itâ€™s not too watery. It tastes better than ice cream!
I was very thankful later that day after doing research and learning that this protein smoothie is nothing but a chemical filled base powder they use, with added milk, half a banana and false claim.
So I usually have regular protein powder with organic milk or unsweetened almond milk. At times I spice things up and make a specialty with fruit or raw nuts/seeds.
Here (pictured) I had organic frozen raspberries, RAW protein powder, a dash of chia seeds, flax seeds, and yes, raw walnuts for omega-3, fiber, and protein boost. Of course, I had to mix in frozen organic mango chunks. I love mangos with anything, and their nutritional benefits are even more encouraging.
So should you have that protein drink from the fast food chain down the street? I wouldnâ€™t recommend it. Youâ€™re better off making it yourself with ingredients you can trust.