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#1 rcubed3r

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:28 PM

I bought a magic bullet, and tried to make a shake with skim milk, protein powder, SF flavored syrup and ice and I got so much foam it is unbearable.
Also, I have a mustache and the foam getting in there ticks me the he!! off. :mad: (I'm sorta just kidding)
I have let these concoctions sit for hours and the foam separates a bit, but I wonder how much of my nutrition is in the foam that I am not drinking. There will be 1 - 2 inches of foam on the top that I have to get rid of after letting it sit.

I don't have a screen type strainer, but was wondering if anyone uses one and if it works.?.

I have tried using a normal blender and it does not help.

I will try tomorrow to make the whole thing, and then add the protein powder last. Might that work?

Thank you all for any help.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:38 PM

I couldn't and still can't handle the foamy shakes - gives me a terrible pain in my pouch.

For straight up protein powder added to water and/or milk - I like the 28oz Blender Bottle: BlenderBottle

Vitacost has a good deal on them: Blender Bottle 28 oz - Vitacost

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:16 PM

I couldn't and still can't handle the foamy shakes - gives me a terrible pain in my pouch.

For straight up protein powder added to water and/or milk - I like the 28oz Blender Bottle: BlenderBottle

Vitacost has a good deal on them: Blender Bottle 28 oz - Vitacost



Yep have to agree with Corrine on this one. I have never been able to drink a protein drink made in a blender. I use these blender bottles, have 3 of them and I love them. GNC also sells them if you want one in a hurry and have a store nearby. No foam at all. I put in my milk or water, PB2 powder, sugar free syrups and some ice cubes and they are perfect. Give one a try, I think you will like it much better.

Edited by AirForceW1fe, 30 January 2010 - 08:17 PM.
forgot about the ice

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:26 PM

Thanx to you guys for the tips. I do have a GNC close by, so I'll look there tomorrow.

Do you just dump your stuff in and shake it up?
Can it handle warm fluids?

I wonder if I shredded some ice first........hmmm......


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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:50 PM

Thanx to you guys for the tips. I do have a GNC close by, so I'll look there tomorrow.

Do you just dump your stuff in and shake it up?
Can it handle warm fluids?

I wonder if I shredded some ice first........hmmm......


Ron


It can handle warm stuff, I would not put something scalding hot in, anyway most protein powders are not heat stable.

I have a dispenser on my fridge and it makes the crushed ice so I use that. I start with the milk/water and the ice, then add the powders and the syrup last and shake it for about 2 minutes. They work awesome.

The bottles on Vitacost are alot less expesive, I bought my first one at GNC and my other 2 from Vitacost.

Hope it works well for you!
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:59 PM

I make mine at night before I go to bed and let it sit in the frig overnight. Then in the morning it's not so frothy. I still shake it up because it's settled, but it's not as bad as it was right after I made it.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:52 PM

I make mine at night before I go to bed and let it sit in the frig overnight. Then in the morning it's not so frothy. I still shake it up because it's settled, but it's not as bad as it was right after I made it.


The only issue with this is most protein powders break down over time once they are mixed. If you contact the companies, most will tell you that they should be consumed within 30 minutes to get the most nutritional value from them.

Just something to keep in mind.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:15 PM

There are a couple things you can do. First, you can try different brands of protein powder. All will make some foam in the blender, but some make a lot more than others. Syntrax Nectar is really bad. Chike is not as bad.

You can use a powder that dissolves well without putting it in the blender. You can shake it in a shaker cup or just stir it with a spoon. Of course, if you want to put frozen fruit or something in it, it works better in the blender. But even then, you could blend the frozen fruit, then pour it in the glass with the protein powder and stir with a spoon. I find some brands don't mix very well with a spoon and do better in the blender, but some brands are fine just stirred with a spoon.

If you let the shake sit in the fridge for a bit, some of the foam will go away. Stirring the foamy shake with a spoon also helps the foam dissipate.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:28 AM

yes, definitely wouldnt make them overnight as they do break down... but a blender bottle (search on amazon.com) are great... I bought 3 smaller single serve ones and throw my chike in and shake for about 10 secs. Good to go and no foam.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:10 AM

If possible try not to over blend. Just "pulse" it until it is mixed, this may minimize the foam.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:31 AM

I also use the blender bottles. They work great!
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:30 AM

You shouldn't let the protein shake sit after blending it...the protein starts to deteriorate very quickly.

Like a few other people said, look into the Blender Bottle. I have one, but I typically used a Magic Bullet. The trick is not putting the protein powder in until the last couple of seconds.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:34 PM

I guess Im the only goofy one that likes the foamy shake - it doesn't even cause me gas problems. I use 8 oz skim milk, 1 scoop of the protein powder and about 1/2 frozen banana in chunks, adding the protein powder at the end. Love my shakes!!!! I don't have a mustache (hahaha) but get my milk mustache after I enjoy my blended protein drink!!! :)
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 04:18 PM

I make my protein drinks in the Magic Bullet and haven't ever gotten anything foamy...maybe I'm doing something wrong (hee hee).

I generally use
-1/4-1/2 cup crushed ice
-4-6 ounces water or milk
-scoop of protein powder

I probably don't put in the recommended amount of water, but the drinks are nice, think shakes...have to eat them with a spoon quite often. I add a crystal light packet, or a tablespoon of SF syrup to them, or a banana or a few frozen strawberries or blueberries.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 04:51 PM

According to this thread, the issue of protein deteriorating after mixing seems to be a myth: http://www.thinnerti...eping-cold.html

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 07:21 PM

It looks like it is my powder that is getting so foamy.
I am using Max Protein from GNC. It tastes great, but foams up.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:16 PM

I couldn't and still can't handle the foamy shakes - gives me a terrible pain in my pouch.

For straight up protein powder added to water and/or milk - I like the 28oz Blender Bottle: BlenderBottle

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 05:07 AM

It looks like it is my powder that is getting so foamy.
I am using Max Protein from GNC. It tastes great, but foams up.


I guess that's why I get lots of foam too - I use Max as well - love the Vanilla flavour!!! I get the 5 lb tub. :)
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 05:38 AM

I'll give another nod to the Blender Bottle. I've got two of the smaller ones and LOVE them. Just using a regular shaker-style bottle leaves clumps and inconsistency with the shake. A blender adds a lot of air and, sometimes, foam to the shake. The blender bottle has been the perfect thing for me and protein.

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