This Choconana (chocolate and banana) protein shake is perfect for a breakfast on the run, pre-workout fuel, post-workout snack, or even a dessert if you haven’t hit your protein macros for the day.
I personally hate protein powder mixed with water. It’s effectively just brown sludge water, and no one enjoys drinking that. And since we don’t do diet food here (or any food that doesn’t taste good), I knew there had to be a better way to blend this up so I could drink it on the reg.
Enter almond milk. No bloating from the lactose in dairy milk. No weird aftertaste like soy milk. Easy to find, cheap to buy, low calorie and adds a sweetness and smoothness that makes this Choconana Protein Shake taste like a store-bought milk shake.
Protein Shakes – WPI or WPC?
WPI – whey protein isolate – is a more pure form of whey protein. You can expect less fillers, less fat and less carbs. Why is this important? When you’re on a calorie deficit or watching your macros like me, there’s no room for wasted calories or carbs. I want every delicious carb to count, not hidden in something I can’t even taste.
WPI is more expensive than WPC, but I get mine from Bulk Nutrients and it’s seriously affordable – buy a kilo bag, get it delivered for about $40 and you’re set for ages.
WPC – whey protein concentrate – is more cost effective than WPI and has slightly lower levels of protein per serve. It also contains more lactose, so if bloating or dairy-induced gastrointestinal issues are a problem for you, you might be better with WPI (or a vegan protein).
Watch Your Macros!
Some protein powders have high levels of fat, carbs or sodium. Choose wisely, or your protein shake could load up several hundred more calories than you’re expecting. (Pro tip: Flavours with names like ‘Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae” and ‘Caramel Cheesecake’ are unlikely to have low levels of fats and carbs – check the labels!)
As a guide, I have found Bulk Nutrients Chocolate WPI to have one of the best nutritional breakdowns around:
- 114 calories
- 25.5g protein
- 0.5g fat
- 1.2g carbohydrate
Once you’ve got your protein powder, the recipe options are endless – check out my Chia Protein Pudding with Blueberries and Microwave Mug Cake for just a couple of treats you can eat any time of day. (Cake for breakfast? You bet, when it’s my recipe. Check it out and enjoy!)
Choconana Protein Shake
- 1 scoop chocolate WPI
- 100 ml unsweetened almond milk
- 30 g banana
- 1 tsp maca powder
- ice - as much as you like more for a thick shake, less for a chocolate milk
- Chuck everything in the blender and blitz until well combined.
- We use a large protein shaker cup and a stick blender for a smoothie on the run - throw the lid on and slurp at your leisure.