SHAKE IT UP - GET MORE FROM YOUR DRINKS: Bigger portions. More filling. Wider taste variety.
The Ideal Protein shakes are not only an easy kick-start to your morning, but also a great way to feel satisfied at night as a snack. Try these hints to supersize and powerup your shakes.
1. Add up to 2 cups (16 oz / 450 miligrams) of water. It adds no extra calories and the taste doesnt suffer. (Although for Cappucino I use 1 3/4 cup for a stronger flavor) You will get about 3 big glasses vs 1 and be very filling.
2. Make the shakes in a blender, not a shaker. The pulse creates much more volume and often creates a delicious froth of foam like an old tyme soda shop.
3. Add 3-5 large ice cubes to the blender to make a thicker, colder drink.
4. Pour yourself 1 glass and enjoy. Before pouring your next glass, pulse the remainer in the blender again to refresh for the perfect shake without separation of foam/drink.
5. Experiment with different flavors. I liked the chocolate so much I was hesitant to try anything else. But the fruit flavors blend up with much more volume and zing and taste like Orange Julius or Smoothies. I usually have a chocolate shake in the morning and a fruit flavored shake for night snack. Even the Pink Lemonade and Blueberry/Cranberry/Pomegranate drinks frothed up amazingly in the blender, so they felt like smoothies rather than a plain drink.
6) Blend flavors.
Orange Chocolate: In a container with a sealable lid, pour in 1 package Orange Drink with 1 Package Chocolate. Pour half of the mix in the blender with 2 cups cold water. Add ice. (Save other half of mix for another day). So Amazing. My favourite blend.
Chocolate Cappucino: In a container with a sealable lid, pour in 1 packet of chocolate shake and 1 packet of cappucino. Pour half in the blender with 2 cups of cold water. Seal the unused portion for another day.
Chocolate Coconut (Bounty/ Mounds): Mix 1 package of Chocolate with 1 package of Pina Colada (Note that the pineapple in the pina colada changes the flavor from a pure choco-coconut, but its still really good.
7. Try add ins. Some examples:
a) Chocolate: Add a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of cardemom and a pinch of good Indian chili powder to make a spicy "Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate"
Gingerbread Chocolate: Add a pinch or two of gingerbread spice (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice)
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie: Add a pinch or two of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice)
b) Flavoring/ Extracts: Try a drop or two of flavored Stevia or other extracts to really change the tastes. Try the baking ailse of your grocery store, health stores, ebay or http://www.stevia.com/
Choco-Mint (add Peppermint Stevia/ Peppermint extract)
Rum Chocolate (add Rum extract)
Mint Julep: (Add Spearmint (or Peppermint) to Pink Lemonade)
Chocolate Orange (add Valencia Orange Stevia)
Raspberry Chocolate (add Chocolate Raspberry Stevia)
"Nutella" / "Geisha" Chocolate Hazelnut (add Hazelnut Stevia)
Chocolate Caramel (add English Toffee Stevia)
Chocolate Covered Apricot (add Apricot Nectar Stevia)
Chocolate Arrack (add Arraksarom - Arrack Extract)
c) Herbs. No seriously.
Southern Basil Lemonade: (Add a handful of fresh basil to the blender with pink lemonade shake)
Mild Mint Julep (Add a handful of fresh spearmint to blender with Pink Lemonade)