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Aug 20, 2011 08:20 AM


I'm growing a little frustrated from having to pay close to $9/day for my protein shake. There is an extra cost when I ask for the better quality protein and for the vitamins and minerals as well as the other healthy additions on the menu that I can't pronounce.

Can the protein shake experts help me with:

1- What protein do you use, except soy, it doesn't agree with me :(
2- The blender you recommend.
3- Great tasting recipes including all the little extra health and energy promoting stuff you add (no sugar, no dairy! I do like almond milk and rice milk, but not soy)

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  1. If you can afford it, I love the BlendTec. Sold at Costco, occasionally.
    I make protien shakes daily for my boy(s). Now only one lives at home :)
    8-10 oz skim milk, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, frozen and fresh, 2 small containers of yogurt, 2 scoops protien, one banana. That's my "recipe" . you could omit the yogurt and sub almond milk. Oh, and probably half this. It make one HUGE shake. Growing boys, you know.

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    1. re: slcook

      thank you.. I will look out for the blender...)

    2. The high price has me at a loss. Do you just like them? Are you sure you need one?

      1. Whey and Milk Protein isolates are generally the best since they kick out the lactose. If you don't mind the lactose, concentrates are usually less expensive.

      2. Moot. We're not trying to cut down some hard produce. Use the one you have or get a small cheap one.

      3. A berry, citrus, a (dark green you don't like) vegetable and a nut.

      That $9 makes me a bit angry - It a ripoff. Unless you're stressed for time (not enough to sit down for a meal) or on a serious bulk program, there's really no reason to take a shake. So, you may want to reevaluate.

      1. I use a whey protein, water, a scoop of plain yogurt, flax oil (or seed), ice or frozen fruit (usually berries) and greens. Usually kale or spinach but lately dark lettuce, it's one of the easiest ways to get lots of greens everyday. I also have a vitamix, I've had it for years and while it is excellent, you certainly don't need one to make a smoothie.

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        1. re: KateCross

          This sounds great Kate, thank you for the tips )

        2. Adding pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to a good chocolate protein powder (I get isolates because I'm lactose intolerant) is always a pretty delicious choice. I blend up with unsweetened vanilla almond milk as the default. When I'm low-carbing it, I use some heavy cream.

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          1. re: Orange_Blossom

            thanks orange,what do you mean by in, isolates over concentrate?

          2. After I had abdominal surgery I went on protein shakes for some time. The only brand I liked is Unjury, sold online only at There is plenty of info on the site about it.

            Why I liked Unjury:

            1. You get 20 grams of protein per serving from the powder, plus an additional 8 if you use skim milk. The strawberry sorbet flavor does not require milk and can be used in plain water or iced tea and fruit punches.

            2. It is a very high quality protein.

            3. It tastes good.

            I didn't use a blender. I used a milkshake maker made by Hamilton beach. It looks like a retro classic, is easy to clean, and whips up 8 ounces of liquid and protein powder nice and smoothly and frothy.