A lot of protein shake enthusiasts are hesitant to add fruit to their protein shakes because they’re reluctant to pump even more sugar and calories into their bodies. If this sounds familiar to you, don’t worry. Adding fruit to your protein shake is actually a very good idea. If you do it right, you’ll get even more nutrients from your shake, and the extra sugar level will help spike your insulin. That results in your body absorbing the protein faster. fruit protein shakes

All in all, adding fruit to your protein shake brings a lot of benefits to the table. If you’re not sure which kinds of fruit you should add to your fruit protein shakes, let us come to the rescue! We’re here to help you conjure up the best fruit/protein shake combination that will benefit your health and taste buds alike.

The Best Choices for Your Fruit Protein Shakes

Protein shakes don’t always taste great. They usually taste, well, protein-y. Even the flavored ones (chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry, to name a few) aren’t so tasty. Some protein shakes even leave an after-taste, and that could be enough to make people shy away from protein shakes. Don’t be one of them! Try fruit protein shakes! You can certainly add fruit to your protein shake to help offset the odd taste. Pretty much any fruit can be used, but here are our top recommendations for each popular flavor of protein powder: [thrive_lead_lock id=’1912′]

Plain Whey Protein 

Many people will agree that unflavored whey protein powder tastes like slightly funky milk with a very faint bitter aftertaste. You definitely want to sweeten up your unflavored whey protein shake with some fruits. Not any fruit would do.

You should avoid acidic fruits, like strawberries or raspberries and go for the following sweet fruits:​

Fruits to mix with plain whey protein shakes:

  • Bananas
  • Apples (maybe in juiced form)
  • Melons
protein shakes with plain whey protein The sweetness of those three fruits will offset the bitter/funky taste of the whey protein powder.

Chocolate Flavored Protein Powder

While a chocolate-flavored protein shake tastes a bit better than an unflavored protein shake, it can still come off as a bit bland or bitter. Make it sweeter and fruitier with one of the following chocolate-compatible fruits.

Fruits to mix with chocolate-flavored protein:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Oranges
  • Pomegranate
chocolate flavored fruit protein shakes

Vanilla-flavored Protein

A vanilla protein shake usually tastes light and sweet. If you want to add a fruity kick to it, look no further than the following sweet, tangy, and sometimes citrus-y fruits that go spectacularly well with vanilla:

Fruits to mix with vanilla-flavored protein shakes:

  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
vanilla-flavored fruit protein shakes

Strawberry flavored Protein

Okay, a good cup of strawberry-flavored protein shake should taste fruity, but if you want to get rid of the protein-y aftertaste or simply mix it up a bit, add in one or more of the following strawberry-friendly fruits:

Fruits to mix with strawberry-flavored protein shakes:

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapples
  • Rasberries
  • Blackberries
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If you want to add more protein to your shake

Fruits contain small amounts of protein compared to rich protein sources like meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. That’s a good thing, because your protein shake is likely to be chock-full of protein. Using fruits to add just a little bit of extra protein (and a bunch of other good nutrients) to your shake is a good idea, especially after a work out or when you’re deprived of protein and other nutrients.

Some fruits high in protein include to add to you fruit protein shakes:

  • Peaches: One large raw peach contains 2 grams of protein.
  • Figs: While dried figs contain a lot more protein than fresh figs do, fresh figs would taste much better in a protein shake.
  • Apples: Be sure to keep the skin on while juicing or blending; that’s where most of the protein is.
You can try out different combinations of fruit and protein powder flavors until you find one you absolutely cannot live without! It’s a fun experiment to try. Let us know what you come up with!
Ronald K. Wright