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How to Make Protein-Packed Coffee

By Lois Baker, CFS

Like many people, my breakfast is pretty protein deficient. As I learned about the importance of getting sufficient protein at each meal, I started to look for ways to increase my breakfast protein intake. Eggs and meat are great, but on a weekday morning who wants to spend that much time cooking? Protein muffins and bars seemed like good “grab-and-go” ideas, yet most protein bars have too much sugar and other ingredients for my liking. Smoothies and shakes seem like a no-brainer, but all that liquid, in addition to my morning coffee, left me really full and my stomach sloshing.

Adding BiPro to my coffee seemed like the logical next step to ensure I was getting enough protein with breakfast. One morning I added a scoop to my steaming hot cup and gave it a stir. The coffee caused the protein to clump and formed gelatinous clumps of undissolved protein that refused to mix in. Undeterred, I set out to find a method to make protein coffee successful.

Here are some great options I came up with for mixing protein powder with coffee or other hot liquids:

  1. Stirring – Sprinkle the BiPro slowly into the coffee while stirring constantly. This worked pretty well. I ended up with just a few clumps that were soft and easy to smoosh against the side of the mug with a spoon.

  2. Blending – Place the coffee in a large blender and add BiPro after you have started the blender. My coffee was about one-fourth the capacity of the blender and I removed the plastic insert in the cover so that steam could escape. I ended up with a foamy cappuccino-like product. Total blend time: about 8-10 seconds. Note – Bullet-type blenders can be dangerous for hot liquids as the steam has no escape and I have seen reports of the blend containers bursting, severely burning the users.

  3. Immersion blending – Like using a regular blender, a large blending container is recommended. Add the BiPro once you have started blending. This also results in a foamy coffee.

  4. Adding to creamer or milk – If you use a lot of creamer or milk, adding BiPro first to the creamer/milk works well. Then add the creamer/milk to the coffee. Or add creamer/milk to the coffee first to cool it slightly, then sprinkle/stir or blend in BiPro as above.

  5. Adding to cold coffee – BiPro mixes easily into cold coffee for a protein iced coffee. Cold coffee with BiPro can be reheated in the microwave.

Things that didn’t work well:

  1. Shaker cups – Hot liquids and shaker cups are a recipe for injury as the steam has no place to escape and shaker lids will leak or open as a result.

  2. Bullet-type blenders – As stated above, the steam has no way to escape and the blender container can burst which can cause severe burns to the users.

  3. Pouring hot coffee over protein powder – This resulted in a lot of gelled clumps that did not mix in, even with tons of stirring, and the protein got stuck to the bottom of the mug.

Personally, I’ve settled on option No. 4: The cream in my coffee and then sprinkle/stir method. Find the best method for you and enjoy some protein-packed coffee tomorrow morning!

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