But did you also know you can make your own protein shake kits? It's not hard at all. And despite the length of this post and the number of accompanying pictures it doesn't actually take that long, especially when only making a few days worth.
Now you might ask yourself why you might WANT to do this? Well...
- Is the only shake you like the special shake you make at home with your syrups?
- Do you find yourself wanting an indulgence during your work day?
- Do you ever find yourself in a pinch needing a quickie meal on the go?
- A Food Saver machine or another kind of vacuum sealer, if you have one (these things are worth their weight in GOLD after surgery when you never seem to finish anything you cook!). If you don't have one, you can certainly use snack sized baggies to just make dry packet shake kits.
- Food Saver bags (I used the rolls that are 11 in. x 16 ft.)
- A craft cutter (or a good pair of scissors, a ruler and a good deal of determination)
- The dry components of your favorite protein shake recipe (Need ideas? Here are a bunch of them!), which could include (but is in no way limited to):
- Protein powder (here's the kind I use in the pictures below)
- Powdered nonfat milk
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Dry pudding mix
- Instant coffee, etc.
- A plastic container (I find the kind deli meat comes in works nicely)
- A clean piece of white paper and some tape
- Your favorite sugar-free syrup (here's a good starter set if you've never tried them before), although you can certainly make shake kits without syrups (and I'll tell you in a minute why you might want to consider that)
- A clip (A bobby pin works...I'll explain in a minute!)
- Glue dots
- A marker or a label of some kind
I'm thinking a "shake packet" contest might be in our near future. I bet you guys have some great ideas. Stay tuned!