So this post is half housekeeping. And for your trouble, tomorrow I am also sharing my latest hot protein drink obsession in hopes that it may become your obsession too. Cuz...you know...addiction is funner with friends, right?
First, let's disspell some myths.
True or False: Once protein powder is heated above 130 degrees it is no good for you.
In this instance I defer to my favorite protein powder analogy: the egg. Protein powder and eggs act a lot alike. A raw egg is a very absorbable form of protein. That's why you always see body builders putting them in their drinks or just downing them like shooters (ew). So then you cook it and the structure of the protein changes, but it's still protein your body can use. Same deal with protein powder. So next time someone tells you that particular myth, tell them Nik told you to say the following: "Nuh uh!"
The first and most important thing you should know about making protein drinks is what NOT to do with them. Do not simply add boiling water to a scoop of protein powder. Wait...that bears saying a bit louder. DO NOT SIMPLY ADD BOILING WATER TO A SCOOP OF PROTEIN POWDER. Yes, you can have piping hot protein drinks...but that's not the way to get them.
Now this, like many other aspects of post-WLS life, is one of those things where there are as many methods to do it as there are post-ops. This is my way. It doesn't involve any special machinery and even though I live in the 1800's and use a tea kettle, the whole thing takes all of about three minutes max.
Here's how I do it:
Edited to add: I had a few folks ask me why I do this as opposed to heating up all milk and mixing in protein. I find that making a paste gets the protein all smooth before adding your hot liquids. I do water because my cup is 12 oz. and that much milk tends to be too rich. BUT if you'd like to do all milk, I still think making the paste is a good first step. It allows you to work out all your lumps before you add hot liquid. Lumps + hot liquids = floaties. Ew!
By this time, my water is boiling. I couldn't photo this part (cuz the divas were asleep and unable to be my photographer) but basically it goes down like this. With one hand (for me, my left if that matters to anyone), I pour the hot water into the cup SLOWLY. With my other hand I continuously stir the mixture. Do this until your mug is full. If you've done everything right, it should look something like this.
Ok, so let's talk troubleshooting:
"Nik, my hot drink is sludgy and thick!"
Use a bigger cup and add more water to your drink. Or use the same cup and less protein powder. Either way, that should yield a thinner drink.
Ok...and the problem is...?