5 Ingredients to a Nutrient Packed Protein Smoothie
Smoothies should be simple! Figuring out what to put in it, how much to put in and why are you putting it in discourages some of us from making a smoothie. Not any more, we've made it is easy for you with this simple guide. Incorporating a few key ingredients to your protein smoothie is easy to do and will provide additional health benefits. The ideal nutrient-packed protein smoothie has five key ingredients:
1. A Protein Source
2. A Liquid
3. A Green vegetable
4. A fruit
5. A Nutritional Boost
Let us break it down for you.
A Protein Source:
Our bodies mainly use protein to build and repair tissues, but this macronutrient is also an important building block in key metabolic and growth processes. Unlike carbohydrates and fat, the body does not store protein, so you need to incorporate protein into your regular diet in order to maintain healthy levels. If you eat protein from animal sources, then whey protein, casein protein, nonfat yogurt, and Greek yogurt are all great sources. If you prefer plant-based foods, soy, hemp, pea, and rice proteins are all good choices. You can pick up some whey protein powder in a variety of delicious flavors from 3 Fuel, Nutriforce, Pursuit RX, & Stronger Faster Healthier by clicking HERE.
There are a variety of liquids you can add to your smoothie to improve its consistency. If you include animal sources in your diet, then low-fat and skim milk are both effective low-carbohydrate options that also pack an additional protein punch. If you prefer plant sources or are just looking to try a non-dairy alternative, unsweetened almond, coconut, and rice milks are all good options. If you’re looking for an energy kick, try adding green tea, which provides a small amount of caffeine to your smoothie.
A Green Vegetable:
Throwing a handful of green vegetables into your protein smoothie is a simple and tasty way to get your greens. Good vegetables to try in your protein smoothie are kale, spinach, broccoli, and alfalfa.
Adding one or more fruits to your smoothie will kick up the natural sweetness. Fruits can also be a great source of other vital nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, and folate. Bananas, berries, mango, pineapple, peaches, cherries, goji berries, and dates are all outstanding options.
A Nutritional Boost:
Some popular boosts to experiment with are flax or chia seeds (rich in omega-3s), nut butters or avocado (rich in monounsaturated fats), a fiber source or supplement (to aid in digestion), or even additional fruit.
Our bodies require protein in order to live, and drinking a daily protein smoothie is an easy and flavorful way to ensure you get your daily protein requirement, while also fueling up on other important nutrients your body needs. WOD ON!
My Favorite Smoothie: Peanut Butter Rapture
- 1 serving whey protein (usually 2-4 Tbsp.) Check out our great selection of proteins!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp. chlorella
- 1 banana
- 1 Tbsp. peanut butter (or almond butter if your paleo)
Put all ingredients into a blender, add some ice, blend, and mmmm... smoothies!!!
- Billy Doherty