Build Your Base
Start with 1 1/2 scoops of protein powder (about 30 grams) and 12 ounces of nonfat milk instead of water. This yields roughly 240 calories, 40 grams of protein, 16 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fat. Toss in some fruit for flavor, or a tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter for a creamier shake. These will boost calories, carbs, and fat, but they’re good for your overall diet.
Keep It Smooth
Buzz the concoction in a blender. Add ice if you like your shakes thicker. If you’re using a shaker bottle, prevent clumping by pouring about a cup of the milk into the bottle before adding the powder. Shake it up until the powder is well incorporated, add the rest of the milk, and shake again until smooth.
Time It Right
Drink your shake within the hour prior to your workout. This is the best time to fuel your muscles for high-intensity training.
(Source: Alan Aragon, M.S., a nutritionist in Thousand Oaks, California, and a Men’s Health advisor)