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Tips to Create The Best Protein-Rich Smoothies

Who doesn’t love a brightly colored glass of smoothie? Protein smoothies are a quintessential breakfast or pre- or post-workout food as well as a nutritious and low-sugar dessert. These wonderful shakes can pack quite a punch since they are super high in proteins, fiber, and vitamins.

The best part is that these mouthwatering drink can be made takes just a single minute to make!

How to Make a High-Protein Smoothie

Making a fun and healthy protein smoothie is very simple. A thing to remember is that it is essential to have a minimally-processed, low-sugar protein powder that does not have artificial flavors or colors and has a lot of good taste.

To make a simple smoothie, just blend in your choice of non-dairy milk, fruit, and a scoop of protein powder or protein source. The result is a thick and smooth drink that contains the nutrition of a full meal.

Adding Super Food In Your Smoothie

If you want to level up your smoothie, adding a few super foods into the drink not just evolves the taste and texture but you also get some science-backed benefits. There are plenty of other yummy ingredients you can use to add protein to your smoothie:

  • Hemp seed
  • Cacao
  • Goji berry
  • Matcha
  • Nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Oatmeal

Non-Dairy Milk to Use

Some people are not able to stomach dairy milk. Regardless whether you are lactose intolerant or have ethical views, there are plenty of delicious options for non-dairy milk you can use in your smoothie. These include:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Rice milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Soy milk

Fruit That Make the Best Tasting Protein Smoothies

The best thing about smoothies is that it only requires ingredients that are usually present in your home, including common fruit. To make your smoothie more fun, you can take any one of the fruit below, freeze it, and then blend it.

  • Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Raspberry
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Melon

Some of the favorite non-fruit ingredients you can add in protein shakes are spinach, cucumber, and avocado.

Easy-Peasy Protein Smoothie Recipes

The possibilities for super-fun and healthy protein smoothies are endless:

1.    Pina Colada Smoothie

All you need is:

Blend away!

2.     The PB&J Protein Smoothie

All you need is:

Blend away!

3.     Chocolate Banana-Berry Smoothie

All you need is:

4.     Coconut + Peanut Butter Smoothie

All you need is:

Blend away!

5.     Green Pineapple Smoothie

All you need is:

Blend away!

6.     Purple-Power Blueberry Smoothie

All you need is:

Blend away!

 

Healthy Tips for High-Protein Smoothies

To make sure your smoothie is super-healthy, keep these things in mind:

  • Use unsweetened non-dairy milk as it is low in empty calories and high in protein, vitamin, and minerals
  • Your blender will work the best if you load liquid at the bottom, fresh fruit or veggies on top of it, greens over that and frozen fruit on the very top. You may also add protein powder at the very top.
  • If your smoothie is too sweet, add some lemon juice. If it is too bitter, add banana, orange, or pineapple.
  • If you want to make your smoothie sweeter and kid-friendly, natural honey or maple syrup are good substitutes for sugar.
  • Very ripe bananas make sweeter smoothies.

Are Protein Shakes Healthy

If you use the right ingredients, smoothies are super-healthy:

  • Do not add grocery store juices to your smoothie. These have added sugars, colors, and artificial additives. Use fresh fruit and unsweetened milk of your choice. The best choices are almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and hemp milk.
  • You can add avocado, nut butters, or coconut-milk yogurt to get healthy fats, antioxidants and protein.
  • Add cinnamon, maple syrup or agave as sweeteners.
  • A couple of handful of spinach or kale in your smoothie can add extra nutrients.

 

The possibilities for making fun and healthy smoothies are endless. Aside from consuming them at home, you can also send your kids to the school with a smoothie to give them an extra boost of protein and vitamin.

 

Written By: Elevate Founders, Jillian Salomone and Paul Salomone


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