How To Mix Protein Powder Without Lumps
This guide will outline how to mix protein powder without lumps. If you are like most people going to the gym on a regular basis then you how frustrating it is to mix your protein shake only to have a drink with a chunky, clump ridden consistency.
After reading this article you will learn what causes lumps in your shake and how to fix this clumping issue for good.
Why Does Your Protein Shake Clump Up?
Protein by their very nature is prone to clumping because of its molecular nature. Whey protein is comprised of protein and fats at the molecular level. Whey protein is designed to be mixed with water, but a portion of the proteins & fats found in whey protein shakes are hydrophobic (does not mix with water).
The distribution of hydrophobic and hydrophilic portions of the proteins and fats form clumps naturally. This is not an indicator on the quality of the protein powder as this is a natural process that all whey proteins experience when mixed with liquids.
It has been shown that more organic whey proteins tend to clump more because it has less anti-clumping food additives like silicon dioxide and lecithin.
Regardless of whey proteins used their natural tendency is to clump. While it is a frustrating experience, there are a few ways that you can prevent protein powder lumps.
Tips On How To Mix Protein Powder Without Lumps
Use The Right Tools For the Job
A blender is the best choice when you want a silky-smooth protein shake. However, there are a few disadvantages when using a blender such as noise, convenience and portability. I highly recommend using the Tornado Bottle.
The Tornado Bottle is a portable mixer that you can take anywhere to mix your protein shake. It’s perfectly mixes the whey protein handsfree and prevents clumps. You can mix your whey protein for as long as you want till you get the right consistency. Best of all it’s USB rechargeable, meaning that you can use it anywhere and anytime.
After my gym routine I start mixing my shake using the Tornado Bottle in the change room. I often take a shower in the gym, after which I reward myself with a healthy, silky-smooth protein shake free of clumps and lumps.
The Tornado Bottle is not just relegated to mixing whey protein, as there are a ton of use cases. The Tornado Bottle can be used for mixing preworkout powders, creatine, coffees & tea, juices & cocktails. Because of the Tornado Bottles convenience and portability, I highly recommend it for anyone that goes to the gym regularly or folks that are on the go regularly.
Another less effective method is using a shaker bottle with a metal “blender ball”. Shaker bottles are less effective because they require more effort to shake and produce less than stellar results when tested. If you are going to use a shaker bottle prepare to work hard shaking vigorously and expect protein lumps.
Worst yet, if you don’t have any tools to get the job done, we recommend reading below.
Add Your Whey Protein Powder In Small Amounts
One of best ways to Mix Protein Powder Without Lumps is to progressively add your whey protein and water in small segments. This means that you should avoid adding your full quantity of whey protein & mixing with liquids in one go.
I usually add about ½ a scoop of whey and mix with 2 times as much water. Use a spoon to vigorously break out any clumps that you see. The longer you mix, the smoother your drink will be.
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If You Notice Any Clumps Break Them Up Before Mixing
All whey protein powders tend to clump up when given time because of the minute amount of moisture present in your protein tub. The older that the whey protein is, the more likely it will clump. It is best to break up these clumps before mixing.
Make sure to shake your container and sift through the powder using a fork or spoon to break down large clumps. If you have another method to sift the powder, feel free to do so.
Things To Consider To Prevent Protein Powder Lumps
Make sure to add your powder on top of your liquid. This ensures that your powder doesn’t get stuck on the bottom of whatever device you are using. Another thing to consider is sifting the powder before you put it into the liquid. This drastically decreases the chance of clumps in your protein shake.
When storing dry foods, moisture and heat becomes your #1 enemy. You always read about storing dry ingredients in a cool, dry place. For me at least, I know I often ignore that advice, but it is a key component in keeping your shakes clump free. If the place you live is very humid, adding a silica packet to the bottom of your powder could be a good idea to reduce the moisture in your powder.
The last thing is to keep trying, as if often takes more than one shake to get your desired texture. However, if nothing works, consider the Tornado Bottle. It’s easy, portable and produces perfect shakes every time.