So you want to lose weight or get in better shape. What is one of the first things you hear?
Eat more protein!
Adding more protein to your daily diet can be beneficial for several reasons. But primarily, protein helps your body repair and rebuild at the cellular level. When you consume more protein, you supply muscle tissue with the fuel it needs to build more lean muscle. How well your metabolism works directly correlates to how much lean muscle you have.
So eating protein daily can’t be overlooked if you are wanting to get leaner and fitter.
Unless you are going for a power-lifting or the World’s Strongest Man or Woman title, I can simplify and demystify this whole protein discussion by simply encouraging you to make a nice, healthy smoothie for yourself each day.
Sure, there are loads of other ways to add in more protein. But swapping out one of your meals for a smoothie can have benefits even beyond added protein. They are quick, healthy meals (as long as they aren’t loaded with artificial protein, boosts, and flavors) and they are easy on the digestive system! 1 million Americans, or 1 in 200, struggle with some sort of gut or bowel disorder. Smoothies, which are partially digested food, can be one way to ease the constant stress that digesting heavy meat meals can present.
The protein in the smoothie can be very healing to the gut, boost your immune system, and of course, help speed up your metabolism as you get leaner and meaner!
Here are 6 ways Nathan and I make pack our smoothies with more protein.
6 Ways to Add Protein to Your Smoothie:
1. ALIVE Protein Powder
– When we say ALIVE, we mean no artificial or “dead” ingredients. To see a full list of ALIVE vs. DEAD ingredients go here.
– 1 serving can add 15 grams or more!
2. Cashews or Almonds
– Substitute 1/3 cup whole, raw cashews or almonds for the protein powder.
– Soak 1/3 cup nuts in cold water in the fridge the night before. In the morning, drain and rinse. Add nuts and 1 cup of cold water (or other liquid from the recipe) to your smoothie. Blend nuts first, then add other remaining smoothie ingredients.
3. Greek Yogurt
— ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt can be added to any smoothie. Plus add ½ cup coconut, almond, or other milk or juice to recipe.
4. Nut Butters
— 1 Tbsp. of peanut or almond butter adds 4 grams of protein.
— 1 Tbsp. flax or sunflower seeds add 1.5 grams of protein. Hemp seeds at 2.3 grams. Quinoa, technically a seed, adds 1.5 grams per 1 Tbsp. added.
— ¼ cup oats adds 2.5 grams protein. Use as your milk by adding ½ cup oats plus ½ cup water to a high powered blender.
What do you add to your smoothies to increase the protein? Tell me about it below!