Continued from Vegetarian Protein Sources.
With the wide range of protein powders available, homemade protein shakes are very popular these days, but it is important to keep the following in mind:
The first thing to consider when reading any food or supplement label is the serving size, usually located at the top of the Nutrition Facts label.
Read the label carefully for the types and amounts of flavorings and sweeteners, whether sugar based (i.e., fructose, honey, lactose, maltose, or fruit juices) or artificially sweetened (i.e., aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-K).
Then select a product for your homemade protein shake that meets your fitness goals. Also consider what you’ll mix the product with.
Usually the caloric information on the label calls for the product to be mixed with water. If you combine with juice or milk, they will add extra calories.
If you have food texture issues, select a product that mixes well. One trick is combining a little bit of flaxseed oil with the protein powder for a smooth and filling beverage.