As I mentioned in my Pumpkin Spice Shake post, I like whey… in theory. I love that it’s a great way to know that I’m getting the protein I need, and an easily digested, complete amino acid profile… and that’s super important for not only muscle building and weight loss, but you know, for life. Amino acids are responsible for every cell in your body, and if your body doesn’t have what it needs, it can’t keep those tissues healthy.
Another reason I like to shake my whey is that it works well as either a preworkout or post workout concoction that’s portable… annnnnd fun if done right.
But no matter how many times I recommend whey to my clients, they come back with one comment: I hate the taste! They wind up not using the protein, and then I always worry that they’re not getting the protein they need and that they are going to get hurt in the gym. I’ve started telling clients to make their shake something they look forward to each day. After five years of doing this, I’ve had to get creative too. And I’ve made a decision that I’m going to start working on whey recipes to help in this process. If you’re looking for ways to bring some love to your whey, please subscribe to the blog and follow me on social media.
So here’s another one to add to your collection. I’m not a fancy foodie, so this is just what I have and use. I’m using dymatize whey 1)because it has a good taste 2) because it’s a well respected brand and 3) because I got it on sale at Big Lots. I don’t get any kickbacks from any of these companies so I can be honest. I also use and recommend Optimum Nutrition, which is available from GNC. (Shout out to GNC– they have a 30 day return policy even if you’ve used a lot of the product…so you don’t have to be worried about getting stuck with something you hate.)
Note: This is kind of carby, so it’s a good preworkout. Carbs are a quick energy source, but when combined with the protein, it slows the absorption rate so it will see you through a great training session without you falling out. But since it is carb heavy, it’s not great for times when you’re just sitting on your duff. If you can’t use what you’re feeding your body, your body will happily store it! As… wait for it… fat!
Without further ado, I present York Peppermint Patty Goodness! You’ll need a good blender for this. I’m using my trusty NutriBullet, but that’s because it’s what I have. Rock out your Ninja or whatever is lurking in your cabinet.
- 8 oz of your favorite milk (Mine is Fair Life. It rocks!)
- 1 serving whey protein powder (I used vanilla)
- 1 Tb Hersheys syrup (optional, but adds flavor and some extra carbs)
- 1 Big York Patty, frozen and cut up into pieces (because who has time to unwrap those tiny things on sale at the counter at the Mexican Restaurant you frequent?)
Put the milk in first so you don’t get a pile o’ whey clumps that your blender can’t touch, and then add everything else. Blend until it quits making noise, or you know, whatever suits your
fanny fancy. Happy Shaking!