Looking to add a new flavor to your protein shakes? If so, we recommend giving coconut milk a try. It’s an awesome ingredient for creating a totally different taste to chocolate and vanilla flavored shakes. We mix it with chocolate and vanilla Cytosport Whey Protein and love the flavor it adds. This article tells you the best way to use it with your protein shakes and the nutritional benefits you’ll gain too.
The amount you add to your protein shake depends on how much coconut flavor you want. We recommend adding about 2-4 ounces of coconut milk to your protein shakes to start in replacement of the same amount of water. You can then add more or less based on your preferences. If you’re counting calories you needn’t worry. A 4 ounce serving will add only 25 calories to your shake.
Coconut milk gives you nutritional benefits you won’t find in many other foods. These benefits primarily come from fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). One the things that make them really special is that your is able to use them as an immediate source of energy instead of storing them as added body fat. MCTs may also help increase your metabolism to help you lose weight and body fat too. Last but not least, MCTs are also shown to strengthen your immune system. Coconut milk is also a great source of vitamin B12 and several minerals.
There are many brands of coconut milk from which you can choose. We use Turtle Mountain brand’s So Delicious Coconut Milk. You can buy it at Whole Foods and other supermarkets. One thing we like about it is that there are several flavors from which to choose. We use the unsweetened flavor since protein powders are already sweetened. We like that this flavor only has 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving. Another reason we like this brand is that its carton has a twist off cap we makes it easy to use keep fresh.
Pick up a carton and add some to your next protein shake. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.