How do you make homepage chocolate protein powder? Magic? A ton of strange ingredients you have to go find, never mind buy?
Nope. When writing this post, I am thinking “why did it take me so long to think of this?” – so I knew I had to share. When I slowly transitioned my diet from vegan, to vegetarian to clean eating that included food sources such as chicken, I discovered whey and other types of protein.
I had to up my protein to keep me on a path of achieving more lean muscle mass and liquid protein is great for packing on extra grams throughout the day. After all, several health resources like Fitness RX Magazine suggest getting at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight based on your activity level to burn fat and stimulate lean muscle growth.
I spent lots of time and lots of money trying different brands of chocolate protein powder. I love chocolate and chocolate protein helps me reach my protein needs and satisfies my sweet tooth at the same time.
They all tasted just a little bit different. I did the same thing with chocolate self serve frozen yogurt. I scoured every Orange Leaf, Menchies, My Berry and Skinny Dip in town taste testing each chocolate flavor until I found the one I liked. Not surprisingly, they all tasted slightly different.
Then the light bulb went off – unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Trader Joe’s brand). We use it to flavor other food items with chocolatey-goodness – so why not! No sugar added, plus a great chocolate taste. Now, I can have both chocolate and vanilla flavors!
1 scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder
1 tsp to 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
8 oz or 1 cup of water
Mix one scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder with 8 ounces of water in a large glass. Mix in one teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder. Add more, as desired, until you reach richness of chocolate you enjoy.
- Everyone enjoys the richness of chocolate differently – taste test a little at a time.
- Scoops and serving sizes are different for each brand and type of protein powder – take that under consideration when adding your cocoa powder
- I’ve only tried sweetening vanilla flavored protein powers – try other flavors at your own risk!
If you just want to buy chocolate protein powder – here’s a few ways to narrow down your choices and a few of my favorites:
- First, pick what type of protein source you want. Whey, casein, soy, pea, hemp, are all good sources of protein and are easily found in today’s mass market grocery stores. You may opt for soy, pea, or hemp if you want to follow a vegetarian diet. Or may already have a preexisting taste preference for one of these.
- Compare prices. While Amazon and other online retailers have the some of the best prices, it can be harder to make a return. Try stopping into a local Whole Foods or Trader Joes – they let you return the protein opened, no questions asked if you don’t like the taste.
- I’m used to consuming unsweetened beverages and extreme sugar/no sugar reduced treats – it may not be for everyone. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe has a great post taking the confusion out about different types of cocoa powder.
I adore Vega – Energizing Smoothie – Choc-A-Lot. It’s super rich and thick. It immediately kills any chocolate cravings, so I don’t go running for a bag of cookies. I’ve also used in several recipes to add a rich chocolate flavor.
(photo source: BetterWhenHealthy)