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No More Gritty Protein Shakes: How to Adjust the Texture

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Picture this.

You just ordered a tub of what was promised to be the yummiest protein powder you’ve ever had. You’re excited to try it and use it to eat better and to help you on your journey to health and fitness.

It arrives and you excitedly unscrew the lid and rip off the plastic seal (why are they always so hard to open?) to reveal the goodness inside. You get a whiff of the freshly opened protein and it smells like rich chocolate with just a hint of coconut. Now you’re drooling.

You find the scoop and drop some protein into your shaker bottle with some cold water. You shake it with all your might and (drumroll) take a sip. You swallow.

You nod your head in approval, the taste is really good! But there’s just one problem. The texture was on the gritty side.

You care quite a bit about texture. You’re the type of person that will avoid a food solely based on the texture. Fuzzy peaches? Gross. Cooked spinach? No thanks. Tomatoes? NO WAY.

If this scenario happened to you, don’t be discouraged!

Although most of our customers don’t think IdealRaw Protein is gritty, there are a few simple tricks to adjust the texture of any plant-based protein powder. Don’t think you need to send back your tub with an angry letter.

I’ll share with you my tricks to a super smooth shake, but first I want you to understand why your plant-based protein has more texture than your average tub of whey.

Why is plant-based protein gritty?

I’ve tried a ton of protein in my lifetime. The one thing that I found that most plant-based proteins have in common is a grittier texture. Some are worse than others and I can happily say that IdealRaw Organic Protein is definitely on the smoother end of the spectrum!

Plant-based protein is grittier by nature because, one, they come from actual plants and not milk. Some plant proteins are grittier than others which is why different brands have different textures. It all comes down to the type of plant protein source used.

The second reason is that plant-based proteins are generally less refined and processed so they tend to have more of a real, genuine taste and texture to them. This is actually a really good thing as the less something is processed, the more nutrients it will retain.

We all want to reduce our processed food intake right? An organic plant-based protein is a great way to do so!

How do you get rid of any gritty texture?

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There are lots of ways to reduce the gritty texture of a protein powder. Here are my favorite ways to make my smoothies extra smooth and boost the nutrition too!

  • Use a creamier base like milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.

Although I love my IdealRaw Organic Protein with just water, it’s smoother when I use a creamier base. Unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk are my favorites! They make it smoother without a ton of extra calories or when I don’t want to add any extra fruit or veggies to it.

  • Add banana or avocado to really smooth it out.

Adding fresh fruit and veggies not only provides extra nutrition to your smoothie but doing so will also improve the texture. Try a banana or ½ an avocado for an extra smooth shake!

  • Blend in a blender.

If you’ve got an extra minute, blend your protein in a blender! It will make sure everything is mixed really well and smooth out any grittiness.

  • Make sure you have the right amount of liquid.

If you’re using a shaker cup, make sure you’ve got the correct amount of liquid for your protein. Not using enough milk or water will leave your shake clumpy and chunky. Gross! Adding a little extra liquid can smooth out any shake, just don’t forget to shake it, and shake it well!

  •  Don’t let it sit.

You might want to save time by making your smoothies ahead of time, but this can cause the ingredients to separate and you’re left with a grainier smoothie. Try to drink your protein shake as soon as you can. It will taste better and be fresher!

Conclusion

Hopefully, these tips help you enjoy IdealRaw Protein and your other smoothie even more! Try these tips out, you won’t be disappointed

Let us know your favorite ways to make your smoothie taste like perfection in the comments!

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Lisa Danielson

Lisa Danielson

Vegan Nutritionist

Major advocate for all things green and vegetarian. With the nickname “Veggie Lisa”, I am here to help you love veggies as much as I do! With my tips and tricks for preparing delicious veggies, you’ll never think plants are boring again.


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