Many people eat breakfast that’s pretty protein deficient. Eggs and meat are great, but on a weekday morning who wants to spend that much time cooking? Protein muffins and bars seem like good “grab-and-go” ideas, yet most protein bars have too much sugar and other ingredients. Smoothies and shakes seem like a no-brainer, but all that liquid, in addition to morning coffee, can leave your stomach sloshing.
Adding whey protein isolate to coffee is a logical step to ensure you’re getting enough protein with breakfast. Depending on how you mix it, whey protein can clump in hot beverages like coffee.
Here are some great options to make sure that doesn’t happen:
1. Stirring – Sprinkle whey protein slowly into the coffee while stirring constantly. This works pretty well. It results in just a few clumps that are soft and easy to smoosh against the side of the mug with a spoon.
2. Blending – Place the coffee in a large blender and add whey protein after you have started the blender. Make sure you remove the plastic insert in the cover so that steam can escape. The result is a foamy cappuccino-like product. Total blend time: about 8-10 seconds. Note – Bullet-type blenders can be dangerous for hot liquids as the steam has no escape and there are reports of the blend containers bursting, severely burning the users.
3. Immersion blending – Like using a regular blender, a large blending container is recommended. Add the whey protein once you have started blending. This also results in a foamy coffee.
4. Adding to creamer or milk – If you use a lot of creamer or milk, adding whey protein first to the creamer/milk works well. Then add the creamer/milk to the coffee. Or add creamer/milk to the coffee first to cool it slightly, then sprinkle/stir or blend in whey protein as above.
5. Adding to cold coffee – whey mixes easily into cold coffee for a protein iced coffee. Cold coffee with whey protein can be reheated in the microwave.
Things that didn’t work well:
1. Shaker cups – Hot liquids and shaker cups are a recipe for injury as the steam has no place to escape and shaker lids will leak or open as a result.
2. Bullet-type blenders – See note in the blending section above.
3. Pouring hot coffee over protein powder – This resulted in a lot of gelled clumps that did not mix in, even with tons of stirring, and the protein got stuck to the bottom of the mug.
Find the best method for you and enjoy some protein-packed coffee tomorrow morning!