Smoothies are a great way to add nutrients and essential proteins in your system just like your meals do but in a fairly quicker way. A smoothie can be your best friend or worst enemy, depending on what you put in the blender. Mixtures whipped with sweeteners, sweet flavoured yogurt, or even excessive amounts of fruit could have a sugar content close to that of a bowl of ice cream! Protein smoothies are the best smoothies you can have especially if you work out. Here are ways to add proteins to your smoothie:
Peanut butter provides your body with a great amount of protein. 2 tablespoons of this amazing butter contains approx. 8 grams of protein! Peanut butter not only adds in protein and a great nutty taste to your smoothie but it also gives it a nice thick texture. More: Best veg protein sources >>
Ways to add: Add it while blending or you can also add it on the top of your thick smoothie.
Almond and other nuts can provide you with decent amounts of protein. They’ll also help keep you satisfied because they provide protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Ways to add: Use almond powder while blending everything or add in chopped roasted almonds to your smoothie glass for a satisfying crunch!
This is low in calories and consists of almost double the protein as regular cup of yogurt. Almost 15 g of protein is in present in a 6oz container. More: Vegetarian protein sources >>
Ways to add: Use greek yogurt as a base for your smoothie. Add little water or almond milk to it to thin out the texture. You can also add in chopped fruits and use as a garnish over thick smoothie.
Load your smoothie with an extra dose of protein with oats! Every cup of oats provides 11 grams of protein.
Ways to add: Blend oats and milk together and use it as a smoothie base. Roast or bake it with honey and add it in the smoothie in the end for a satisfying crunchy smoothie.
Chia seeds are such a powerhouse! They are full of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and about 4 grams of protein per table-spoon. Natural proteins to add to a smoothie >>
Ways to add: Soak chia seeds in water for 15 minutes and add it in the smoothie or add it directly while blending if you do not like its texture.
One cup of fat-free organic milk has an impressive 8 grams of protein. It makes a great alternative for water and also adds in a great taste.
Ways to add: Milk can be used as a smoothie base or custard powder can be added in it and cooked for a thick and tasty top layer.