What is “coffee”? Experts explain the trend toward protein-rich and caffeine-rich.

“Profee”,咖啡与蛋白质奶昔的结合,正在席卷 TikTok,这种流行饮品的粉丝说这是增加蛋白质摄入量的好方法。 (照片:盖蒂)
“Profee,” a combination of coffee and protein shakes, is sweeping TikTok, and fans of the popular drink say it’s a great way to increase protein intake. (Photo: Getty)

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet, but are you getting enough? According to the Mayo Clinic, the general recommendation for daily protein intake is about 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. However, the amount of protein needed varies from person to person and depends on factors such as age, weight, activity level and gender. To meet these protein goals, you can simply add more meat and beans to your diet, but more recently, people are taking a more caffeinated route to successful protein intake by adding protein to their daily routine through protein coffee or “caffeine”.

What is coffee?

Proffee is exactly what the name implies: protein and coffee. “Proffee is a nutrient-dense upgrade to everyday coffee,” says Carissa Galloway, a registered dietitian and personal trainer. “The typical cafe latte is loaded with empty calories and sugar and has little to no nutritional value. If you’re going to drink coffee either way, you might as well sneak in some additional health benefits.”

The popularity of Profi

Not only is Galloway an advocate for protein coffee, but many TikTok users have posted videos on the platform showcasing their coffee recipes and morning drinks. The #proffee hashtag has received more than 35 million views on the app and has received a lot of attention from the bariatric (weight loss surgery) community and other weight loss individuals.

Lifestyle and beauty influencer Chloe Parsons says she came across Proffee on YouTube when the “What I Eat in a Day” video was popular. “I saw some people adding protein to their coffee and decided to try it myself,” Parsons said. “Once I did that, there was no turning back.”

In a recent TikTok, Parsons shared with her more than 200,000 followers the recipe for her signature protein coffee, technically an iced Americano, that she makes every morning.


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Recipe includes two shots of espresso, cold water, ice, three vanilla protein shakes and a touch of unsweetened creamer.

“I drink coffee every morning,” Parson told Yahoo Lifestyle. “I don’t always wake up hungry, so this is perfect before brunch or between brunches.”

Other TikTok users say they find coffee very helpful in keeping them feeling full and satisfied, and that a regular cup of coffee leaves them craving more.

Lisa Sanders, who shared on TikTok that she lost 110 pounds, drinks coffee every morning as a way to keep her sane. “Protein is necessary to keep me feeling full throughout the day, and it also stimulates muscle growth and promotes fat burning,” Sanders said. “The simple exchange of my coffee from cream to protein is a sustainable exchange that has put me on the path to weight loss.”

One of Sanders’ favorite coffee recipes includes a salted caramel-flavored protein shake made by Fairlife Nutrition Plan, dark roast coffee, Starbucks caramel syrup and a dash of caramel. The beauty of coffee, she says, is that it’s completely customizable – there’s no “one-size-fits-all” recipe – so whether you choose caffeinated or decaffeinated, creamer or no so whether you choose caffeinated or decaffeinated, creamer or no creamer, the choice is up to you.

What you need to know about the specialty

While coffee may help keep you fuller for longer, it should not be used as a meal replacement.

“Coffee is not a meal replacement,” warns Galloway, who speaks with Yahoo Life about quality protein as part of her advocacy efforts. “I like to think of it as a nutritional tool that is best used as part of a balanced diet.”

Galloway adds that you need to consult your doctor before making any major changes to your diet, especially for those with kidney problems who typically need to limit their protein intake, and for pregnant or lactating patients who are advised to limit their caffeine intake.

“When adding coffee to your diet, be mindful of how much coffee you drink in a day and aim to limit your coffee intake to 400 mg of caffeine per day, or about four cups,” Galloway said.

As with any beverage, you may not like it the first time you try it. If that’s the case, don’t give up. Keep exploring different recipes and flavor options until you find a variation that works for you.

“Have fun,” says Sanders. “[Create your own coffee recipes based on] the drinks you already know and love, and by doing so you won’t even realize you’ve added protein, but you get all the benefits.”

Want to try coffee for yourself? Here’s a recipe to help you get started.

Iced Almond Cookie Vanilla Latte

(照片:Premier Protein)
(Photo: Premier Protein)


  • Premier Protein High Protein Vanilla Shake (or vanilla protein shake of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon Jot espresso (or espresso of your choice)
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 drops of butter extract (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened vanilla syrup


Simply add ingredients and stir. You can heat or chill it.

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