Fueling the body with coffee + protein
Protein Coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. It provides a much needed boost of energy and is often seen as a comforting ritual to start the day.
Though coffee is packed with plenty of antioxidants, it alone does not provide much sustenance to nourish and fuel the body. Fortunately, it is very simple to take a regular cup of coffee and transform it into a protein rich drink.
Today I'm going to take a moment and show you how to improve your coffee with a scoop of protein powder (a.k.a protein coffee). One of the things I've learned during my weight loss journey is the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, but many of us don't like to have breakfast first thing in the morning, and instead, we love our morning coffee. An alternative I learned was to start adding protein powder to my coffee. This is a great way to enjoy your morning cup of coffee while adding more nutritional value to properly fuel your body.
If you mix the right amount of protein powder and hot coffee, it tastes just like a Starbucks plant-based protein coffee, only more affordable!
A step-by-step guide on how to make the best protein coffee
The first thing I'm going to do is show you how to mix coffee and protein powder the wrong way. Adding protein powder to your hot coffee may not mix very well. It gets clumpy and settles on the top which does not make for a very appetizing drink. Adding protein powders into coffee isn't rocket science but see what happens when you don't use the right temperature water.
This is my Hustle Juice cup and it has protein powder already inside. I'm just gonna take my hot coffee and I'm going to pour it straight into the cup. As you can see, the protein powder is already starting to clump at the top. I want to make sure that you see both ways because you can see even when I get it going the protein powder clumps are staying at the top. It is not very appetizing. It's actually really kind of gross. So we don't recommend adding protein powder that way when making protein coffee.
The correct way to add protein powder in coffee
This is the suggested way to add protein powder to coffee to make a tasty protein coffee. You want to take an empty cup and add your protein powder. Now you want to take about 1/3 tablespoon of cold water and mix it in with the protein. Use a fork to mix it until it is smooth. It's going to look kind of like pancake batter. Make sure you get all the lumps and clumps out. It is an extra step but it is still a very important step to ensure a smooth texture for the final protein coffee. Now we shall take the hot coffee and slowly add it to the protein powder & water mix.
5 Benefits From Protein Coffee
Boost weight loss
Mixing coffee and protein powder can help you shed off excess weight by increasing your metabolism rate. Further, it also curbs your raging appetite and naturally decreases your calorie intake because protein keeps you full.
Enhance your workout performance
Athletes and bodybuilders use caffeine to improve their workouts, but caffeine has its own limits like limited energy flow and stamina rush. Hence, pairing caffeine with additional protein intake can help in increasing your stamina, and boost your performance and exercise. Drinking protein powder with coffee an hour before a workout can increase your stamina and give you an energy boost. An enhanced workout performance can also help you improve your reaction time and perform better in life.
Prevents age-related muscle loss
People tend to lose muscles as they age. This leads to more fat gain and turns into chronic diseases like obesity and high blood pressure. By adding protein powder to coffee, you can prevent and slow down age-related muscle loss. A recent study shows that coffee has ergogenic effects that help in muscle endurance and muscle strength. On the other hand, protein helps build and maintain your muscle strength and endurance, thereby keeping you fit and active. This, eventually, helps you in overcoming laziness and improving your overall well-being.
Increases mental alertness and cognitive performance
Drinking coffee with protein powder increases brain function, memory retention and improves mental alertness. Consumption of adequate protein can decrease cortisol production and its stress-related symptoms, thereby creating a positive impact on your mood. Caffeine also acts as a mood enhancer when you feel dizzy or dull and makes you feel spirited and happy. Moreover, the stimulating effects of caffeine can also lift the states of depression. Thus, by improving your mood and keeping anxiety symptoms at bay, protein powder in coffee helps you stay fit in life, enhance your cognitive performance and prevent chances of brain fog.
Improves heart health
In research done by Japanese Dr. Masato Tsutsui, it was found that drinking coffee increases the blood flow to the nervous system, giving us a strong reason to believe that coffee can improve cardiovascular health. Also, consuming an adequate amount of protein every day can reduce high cholesterol, which is the leading risk factor for heart attack or other cardiovascular conditions. When combined together, protein coffee can improve blood circulation and lower blood pressure, thus keeping your heart healthy. A healthy heart leads to a healthy mind, which eventually improves your productivity in life.
Protein Coffee Frequently Asked Questions
None of this is medical advice, yet no harmful side effects have been reported. However, we have noticed through experimentation that mixing hot coffee with protein powder can cause a clumpy mixture, whereas the concoction is much smoother and creamier when protein powder is mixed with iced coffee.
Whey protein, plant-based protein, or even collagen protein can be added to coffee. It is important to look at the quality of the protein you decide to use. Some come with unwanted additives and an overload of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Check the ingredients list! We are big fans of checking each ingredient to ensure we know what it does, and how it plays a role into how it will affect our body.
Whey protein powder fortified with lactoferrin can help improve iron absorption. From a taste perspective, it depends on how you flavor your protein coffee. Whether you mix it with water, your favorite milk, and the flavor of your whey protein.
Yes. Protein powder can dissolve in coffee. Collagen protein can easily dissolve in both hot or cold coffee. Mixing whey protein powder with hot coffee can result in a clumpy texture. Whey protein is sensitive to heat and can be denatured when mixed with coffee which is at a temperature higher than 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Protein coffee gives us the benefits of both protein and coffee. Protein powder as a nutritional supplement helps build muscle, repair tissues and it helps our body produce hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals. Protein powders also help prevent muscle loss related to age and help with muscle recovery after exercise. Coffee on the other hand can help with mental alertness, boost your metabolism, can increase energy levels, and make you feel less tired. Starting your day with protein coffee can give you energy throughout the day and keep you feeling satiated, so you don't overeat. Many people have weight loss goals which include restricting their calories. Consuming a low-calorie, nutrient-dense protein coffee can aid in achieving your weight loss goals.
There is no standard way to make protein coffee. You can make it to your liking. You can make it high or low in caffeine or high protein or low. Some people like to blend protein to the cold brew and others like to add protein to their hot coffee. You can use anywhere from 10 to 30 grams of protein so as to keep your calories low and make your drink protein packed. The easiest way to blend protein is with cold beverages. The trick to keep in mind when mixing pure whey protein is that it's easier to blend it if you add it to cold beverages. So it's ideal to use cold brew or bring down the temperature of the coffee to avoid denaturing the protein. Collagen protein mixes easily with both hot and cold liquids. If you are vegan and want to get your proteins from plants, use a high-quality plant protein and use plant-based milk with your cold brew.
Adding protein to your coffee is an efficient way to get the dual benefits of protein along with coffee. It can help you optimize your daily protein intake. Whether you are looking for high protein or low, starting your day with protein coffee can give you stable energy and keep you satiated throughout the day. Protein powder as a nutritional supplement helps build muscle, repair tissues and it helps our body produce hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals. Protein powders also help prevent muscle loss related to age and help with muscle recovery after exercise. It is important to look at the quality of the protein you decide to use. Some come with unwanted additives and an overload of sugar or artificial sweeteners.
You can add any protein to your coffee. The key is to look at the ingredient list of the protein you are using. Some come with unwanted additives and an overload of sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you are vegan and want to get your proteins from plants, use a high-quality plant protein and use plant-based milk with your cold brew.
Short answer: you can. However, mixing whey protein powders with hot coffee can result in a clumpy texture. Whey protein is sensitive to heat and can be denatured when added to a piping hot cup of Joe. That said, it still maintains most of its benefits. It is easier to dissolve protein coffee than cold coffee. Mixing protein powders to hot coffee can result in a foamy texture. It's best to use a blender or stirrer in case you are mixing protein with hot coffee to avoid clumping.
Yes. Adding protein to your coffee is an efficient way to get the dual benefit of protein along with coffee. It can help you meet your body's daily nutritional need for protein, and keep you satiated and energized.