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Protein Packed Smoothies

Have you ever had one of those days where you don’t feel particularly hungry but know you need to eat something because you barely ate anything yet and it’s already the middle of the day? One of my best tips I share with clients who find themselves in this situation is to consider drinking their calories. As long as it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, and a source of carbohydrates, drinking a smoothie or well-balanced protein shake can be really helpful in situations like this! It’s also a good tip for refueling after a workout if you aren’t hungry for a meal. Shakes and smoothies are easy and quick to prepare, plus you can get creative with what you add in!

 

How Do I Add Healthy Fat, Protein, and Carbs into My Smoothie?

There is a reason I say it’s important to have all three macronutrients (fat, carbs, and protein) in your smoothie or shake: it will help you feel fuller for longer! Having just a scoop of protein powder in water will not be as filling compared to adding the scoop of protein powder to a lassi. Healthy fats can be found in dairy products like yogurt, as well as nuts/seeds and nut butters/seed butters. Carbohydrates and fiber are found in your fruits, vegetables, and a little bit in nuts and seeds. I actually have some recipes that are a great example of doing this! Each recipe makes one serving, check them out below.

 

Protein Packed Banana Lassi

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized banana
  • ½  cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ scoop PROFLEX Unflavored Isolate Whey Protein
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until you have a thick, creamy, delicious, smoothie. Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 medium sized banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ scoop PROFLEX Unflavored Isolate Whey Protein
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until you have a thick, creamy, delicious, smoothie. Enjoy!

 

Protein Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ scoop PROFLEX Unflavored Isolate Whey Protein
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 medium-sized banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup almond milk

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until you have a thick, creamy, delicious, smoothie. Enjoy!

 

Green Goddess Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ scoop PROFLEX Unflavored Isolate Whey Protein
  • 1 handful fresh spinach or ½ cup frozen spinach
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 1 fresh mango or ½ cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup almond milk

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until you have a thick, creamy, delicious, smoothie. Enjoy!

 

The Bottom Line

Smoothies and shakes are a great way to consume adequate calories during the day if you are not hungry enough to eat a traditional meal. They are great after working out to restore your energy if you aren’t able to physically eat enough yet as well. Remember to include healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates in your smoothies and shake to promote feeling full until your next meal.

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