If you want to build and maintain muscle then you need to consume protein - it's the main nutrient that your muscles use to repair themselves and grow stronger and bigger.
The unfortunate thing about protein is that it’s typically expensive to buy, with supplements like protein bars and protein shakes usually costing quite a bit of money. That's why we love when we find cheap protein products.
We previously wrote about how we loved the Lidl protein bars which are cheap and tasty, and we were delighted to see that Lidl now sells own-brand protein shakes too. We wanted to take a close look at the Lidl protein shakes to see if they're any good, let's get into it:
What are the ingredients of the Lidl protein shakes?
As you can see from the image we've taken, the main ingredient in the Lidl protein shakes is skimmed milk. This is actually good to see and makes sense, as skimmed milk is low in calories and fat and high in protein. There is also milk protein and skimmed milk powder added to the shake. We bought the vanilla flavour shake, and we were impressed to see that real bourbon vanilla extract had been used to achieve the vanilla flavour. The sweetener used is Sucralose, which is generally considered to be very safe.
What are the nutritional stats of the Lidl protein shakes?
The standout nutritional aspect of the Lidl protein shakes (and the reason we imagine you’re considering buying them) is the protein content - 35g of protein crammed into each 332ml bottle is seriously impressive. When we saw this number on the label, we immediately assumed that the protein was coming from a low quality or incomplete source, but that isn’t the case at all. Like most protein drinks, the protein in the Lidl protein shakes comes from milk. The other real standout within the Nutrition Information of these shakes is the fat content - the shakes contain just 0.6g of fat per bottle, so virtually nothing. Our only slight concern with these shakes would be the sugar content, which sits at 18.2g of sugar per bottle. But all of this sugar comes from the milk and there is no added sugar.
What do the Lidl protein shakes taste like?
If we had to give one downside to the Lidl protein shake, it would be the taste - compared to most of the other high protein drinks we’ve tried, we found the Lidl protein shake to be really lacking in flavour and any sort of sweetness. Obviously, we don’t want it to be full of sugar, but a little bit of sweetnesses would have been nice and would have made it a bit more palatable. However, because it's so small, you finish it in a few gulps and barely notice the taste.
How much do Lidl protein shakes costs?
Amazingly, these protein shakes cost just 99p each. For 35g of protein, that's seriously impressive, and it's one of the cheapest sources of quality protein we can find (Skyr might be even cheaper).
We were shocked to find a protein shake which contained so much protein and was so cheap, and we were sure that it would taste horrible or be high in fat or something like that. But no - once again, Lidl has impressed us with a protein product.
If you've tried the Lidl protein shakes, let us know in the comments what you think of them!