Looking for ways to shake up your chocolate whey protein powder consumption? You already know that our delicious chocolate shake provides essential and non-essential amino acids ideal for muscle building, tissue recovery, and increased energy, but, well, it just gets boring sometimes, doesn’t it? A scoop here, a scoop there … morning, noon, night … isn’t there something that can change up the flavor profile and get you excited to keep scooping? We’re glad you asked!
13 Foods That Go Perfectly With Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
You don’t have to look far beyond the checkout aisle at the grocery store to come up with some great ideas for food pairings that will take your protein shake from ordinary to extraordinary. Try one of these:
1. Peanut butter
Perhaps the most classic of pairings, peanut butter, and chocolate are a match made in heaven! Today, shake drinkers can experiment with far more options than just traditional peanut butter. Consider a variety of nut butters including almond, cashew, or hazelnut. You can even find flavored options like vanilla almond, maple, and cinnamon raisin.
Transport your protein to the tropics by dosing it with some coconut. Whether you choose coconut milk, unsweetened shredded coconut, or coconut oil (or all three!), your mind will be thinking “Almond Joy,” while your body soaks up the benefits of added protein and minerals.
Is there ever a wrong time or place for coffee? Save yourself some time in the morning by combining your daily cup of joe with your chocolate whey protein powder. Get an extra kick of caffeine! Try blending with cold coffee and ice for a drink that will make you forget all about a coffeehouse drive-thru.
Are you a fan of chocolate-covered bananas? This powerful combo will remind you of childhood sweet treats in a more nutritious form. Bananas provide extra potassium and vitamin C and can also help you feel fuller, longer.
Mint leaves and mint extract added to chocolate powder add an icy cool vibe to your shake. There have also been studies done about the benefits of mint in a diet. Benefits include indigestion relief and improved brain function.
Off the Beaten Path
Prefer a shake with a thicker consistency? Then, meet your new best friend. Oatmeal doesn’t just belong in a bowl; today, you can throw it in a shake. Rolled oats can be added raw or you can soak them beforehand to get a creamier texture. Either way, your intake of soluble fiber goes up, which can help improve digestion and reduce blood sugar.
There’s a reason chocolate and cherry are a popular dessert combination. The sweet from the chocolate and the tart from the cherries combine for an explosion of flavor in your mouth. That taste sensation comes with health benefits like, improved sleep and weight loss.
In the “if-it’s-good-enough-for-Tom-Brady” category, try adding this creamy fruit (yes, a fruit!) to your chocolate whey protein powder. It’s packed full of healthy fats and is surprisingly smooth when blended with protein powder and almond milk.
Seasonal? Maybe. But pumpkin is another not-so-typical choice for meshing with protein powder. Boost your immunity and vitamin A intake with this pairing that will give you Thanksgiving vibes.
Mix It Up
You can also add a variety of foods to a chocolate protein powder that won’t change the flavor but will still provide you with additional health benefits. Consider one of these:
Flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts … and the list goes on. These superfood seeds pack a nutritious punch without altering the chocolate flavor you love.
11. Maca powder
A little goes a long way here, giving you all the “kick” of coffee without any of the jittery side effects. Maca powder is made from the maca root, which has an earthy and sometimes nutty taste.
Think of kefir as the cousin of the yogurt you’ve grown up eating, just with even more good bacteria. It makes a great liquid replacement, too, in place of almond or soy milk.
You might end up with a slightly green-tinted shake if you add this to chocolate powder, but the taste is barely perceptible. A great way to sneak in some veggies!
Are you ready to try your hand at some of these combos? Before you go to the grocery store, “scoop” up a container of Panacea Scientific’s Creamy Chocolate Whey Protein Powder. Then, sample a variety of our ideas to find your favorites! Available in Vanilla flavor, too!