How To - Mix A Protein Shake Perfectly Every Time!

Part of my role as Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist here at Discount Supplements is to regularly check the comments customers leave on our product pages. I do my best to answer them as promptly as possible and offer as much advice or support as I can. Over the months I have noticed a few people mention that they have difficulty mixing some protein powders, I too have had similar unpleasant surprises when I think my refreshing, nourishing shake is perfect for consumption, only to get a mouthful of in tact, dry protein powder! Annoying is not the word!

As straight forward as this process is we do occasionally get it wrong, so here is a short informative video on 1.) How to mix your protein shake perfectly every time, and 2.) How to optimise your protein shake to maximise your bodies ability to absorb those much needed amino acids.

The mixability of protein shakes has improved vastly over the years, yet despite all the technological advancements and instruments available we still occasionally end up with a mouthful of globular powder! Nice! So to help you 1.) Mix your shake lump free and 2.) Maximise the absorption of the protein itself, we decided to run through a few simple beginners techniques, which may also give the more experienced supplementers the nutritional boost they need. The key to increasing protein absorption is insulin, and how do we increase insulin...through carbohydrate, in particular Maltodextrin as an example. My particluar favourite is Maltodextrin as it is a complex carbohydrate that is moderate to quick release. It's a polysaccharide made up of chains of glucose sub units which has a starch texture and is slightly less sweet than Glucose or Sucrose.

So when it comes to mixing I will use XL Nutrition Xtra Whey Protein adding two 30g scoops delivering approximately 42g of protein, perfect for within half an hour after a training session. I'm going to add 15-20g (3-4 teaspoons) of Optimum Health Ultimate Carbs which is 100% Maltodextrin, then add the water or milk afterwards and add a coil which acts as a whisk during the shaking process. So give it a tip, a tap, rotate and shake, and about 10-12 shakes, and after that you have yourself a perfectly mixed, readily absorbed protein shake!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!


  • Raye Emerling
    June 7, 2013 Raye Emerling

    You hit the nail on the head my friend! Some people just don't get it!

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