Although there’s nothing harmful about pre-mixing your protein shake, we tend to lean towards it not being the best of ideas. By mixing your protein powder with liquid, it’ll start to break down the protein into amino acids – ready to refuel your muscles and replenish your body. Although this doesn’t have an impact on the protein content, it probably isn’t going to taste all that fresh…
If you’ve ever been taken aback by that awful smell after finding a forgotten shaker, you’ll know why we believe fresh is best. Plus, if you’re mixing with water after a workout, the best time to have a shake is in the thirty minutes after exercise. It literally couldn’t be easier to grab a single-serve sachet of whey or vegan protein, add water, shake and drink. A fresh, tasty shake can be ready in minutes.
If, however, you’re after something a little more satiating, like a nutritious post-workout smoothie, then there’s a couple of tricks to help you get around this. We like to whip it up the night before using plenty of frozen fruit, so that it’ll keep in the fridge overnight and still taste fresh once you get to your desk the following morning! Or, simply bag up your ingredients and have ready, pre-portioned in the freezer. Then you can just add your liquid, a scoop of protein, whizz it up and be out the door in less than five.
Sure, you could skip this and grab a pre-mixed protein shake from your local supermarket, but these will most likely contain added sugars, preservatives and fillers to extend their shelf life. Here at Neat, we like to keep things simple and fresh, which is exactly why we created our handy single-serving sachets – so you can still refuel right on-the-go with minimal fuss!