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Your Protein Shake is No Longer a Protein Shake


Posted on January 18th, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

Client: I started drinking a protein shake to get a little more protein in my diet.

Me: Cool! Are you using a pre-made shake or making your own?

Client: Making my own. I use 1 scoop of protein, a banana, 2 tbs peanut butter

Me: That’s not a protein shake.

Client: It has protein in it.

Me: So does a Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese.

413 calories, 17 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbohydrate, and 33 grams of protein does not equal a protein shake.

The take-home lesson here is be careful that your protein shake isn’t turning into a meal replacement shake. There’s nothing wrong with meal replacement shakes, except when they’re not replacing but instead adding a meal, know what I mean? Know which one you need and know how to make it.

By the way, the shake above is actually pretty damn good with chocolate protein powder and ice :)

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3 Responses to “Your Protein Shake is No Longer a Protein Shake”

  1. Sandy says:

    so what DOES make a protein shake?

    • Matt Schoeneberger says:

      Sandy, in my mind a protein shake is just that – protein. Take a scoop of whey and put it in water. When you add juice or milk, or start blending in other foods it becomes a meal replacement. Neither one is inherently bad or good and their usefulness will depend on the rest of your eating plan.

      Thanks for saying hello!

      • Sandy says:

        ohh – I see…and agree…I have a tendency to throw a little somethng else in my shakes – fruit – chia seeds…celery – guess that’s where my “hidden” calories are hiding – will have to take a closer look at what I am adding ….thanks!

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