From supervillain to superhero, coffee now enjoys its reputation as an energizing, antioxidant-rich beverage that can help boost your metabolism, regulate your bowel movements, and even lower your risk of heart disease. That alone is a ton to celebrate, but when coffee is combined with protein, the benefits become even more impressive. We’ve got the scoop on protein coffee and why it’s so popular, plus 7 protein coffee recipes for every day of the week!
That depends on who you ask. If you’re referring to protein coffee that’s trending today, then it’s coffee mixed with protein powder, like whey, collagen, soy, or casein.
That’s right. Those same protein powders you’re used to mixing with smoothies can be added to your favorite cup of joe, preferably as iced protein coffee since the powders don’t tend to mix very well when added to a hot coffee.
But if you’re asking paleo enthusiasts who have been around for awhile, they might scoff at this limited definition. Because what is protein coffee beyond coffee mixed with high-quality protein…like butter or eggs? And they’ve been drinking those concoctions for quite some time.
Which begs the question…why?
We now know that drinking 1-3 cups of coffee a day can help:
But one thing coffee isn’t equipped to do? Meet your body’s protein needs.
And those needs are vast! Your body needs protein to build, maintain, and repair muscle, tissues, skin, bone, and cartilage, and to make enzymes, chemicals, and neurotransmitters that keep our bodies functioning properly.
Adding a scoop of protein powder or other form of dietary protein to coffee ensures you’re getting your daily allotment of protein alongside energy gains, and together the protein and coffee are helping you lose weight and accelerating your recovery from workouts.
If you’re sticking to a whole-food diet, then jump ahead to the DIY protein coffee recipes below. If convenience is more your speed, then experiment with the following 5 protein powder coffee supplements vetted by Fitoru. All can be easily added to a cup of iced coffee.
All you keto and low-carb dieters out there might like to start with Biotrust’s low-carb protein powder blend, which has 24 grams of grass-fed protein from pasture-raised cows and 4 grams of carbs.
We give it a thumbs up for its exclusion of growth hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, pesticides, gluten, soy, artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives, and its inclusion of gut-friendly prebiotics and digestive enzymes. It comes in six yummy flavored proteins and features whey as its protein base.
The ultimate in convenience and satisfaction, Chike’s Peanut Butter Iced Coffee disguises the taste of protein with peanut butter coffee flavor and scores high on the convenience scale. All you have to do is mix with cold water or milk and you’ve got yourself a high protein coffee that compares to Starbucks most decadent dessert coffee. Twenty grams of protein never tasted so good!
With 50 grams of protein from whey protein isolate and added coffee, Isopure with Coffee is the protein powder of choice if you’re looking to lift weights and bulk up. It’s also lactose free and easy on the gut for those with milk allergies. You can stir it into milk or water, but if you’re craving a more frothy and cappuccino-like drink then be sure to blend it up!
With 5 grams of carbohydrates and 15 grams of protein per serving, this coffee drink has a favorable macronutrient ratio for people watching their weight. This low-calorie coffee drink boasts no trans fats, but we were unable to verify the other ingredients. If taste and weight loss are your wants in a protein coffee, then this can claim a spot in your pantry, but if you’re a stickler for healthy ingredients…well, you may want to search elsewhere.
Got your favorite brand of coffee and simply want a pure whey protein powder to mix in? Then you’re in good hands with Legion’s, which will amplify the taste of your coffee with its mocha cappuccino flavor and support your dietary efforts with 22 grams of protein and just 2 grams of carbs. It’s 100% natural, low in calories, and goes great in an iced coffee pre or post workout.
Coffee used to just be black with some sugar and creamer for those with a sweet tooth. Then along came Dave Asprey and his Bulletproof Coffee, a mix of coffee plus high-quality protein in the form of grass-fed butter along with medium chain triglycerides to put you in fat-burning mode and increase your body’s production of ketones.
Bulletproof or keto coffee is still a great way to make your own homemade protein coffee. And the addition of MCT oil amplifies the weight-loss effects of protein and coffee.
Or you could do it like the Scandinavians do: boil a raw egg, mix it with coffee grounds and water, and then strain.
Are you a vegetarian who avoids whey? No worries! You can get on the protein coffee bandwagon using dried mushrooms as your protein of choice. A bit of reishi or chaga mixed in with your morning cup of coffee can help boost your immune system and relieve stress. And for even more protein, add a scoop of spirulina powder!
Ready for a week of protein-packed coffee? Try all seven of these recipes and then let us know your favorite in the comments below!
We all need a little extra pep on Monday, so let’s make it a mocha morning!
An espresso drink that falls within keto parameters makes Tuesday so much more tempting.
It’s the little things that can make Wednesdays all the more bearable—like this vanilla-infused iced protein latte!
This guilt-free protein iced coffee is tasty at all times of the day, particularly in the afternoon when you need a little extra something to get you through the Thursday lulls.
You did it! You made it through one more work week. Celebrate with this decadent chocolate protein powder coffee shake.
Here’s a healthy spin on a caramel frappe that will boost your protein intake but keep your sugar count on the lower end.
Packed with hazelnuts and protein powder to boot, this iced latte can be enjoyed on your way to the gym or as a post-workout treat.
There you have it, folks! A protein coffee for every day of the week to make sure your muscles, mind, and body are operating on all cylinders when you need them the most.