Smoothies are the perfect way to add loads of nutrients to your diet. They are filled with important nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and protein. The most exciting part about preparing smoothies is that you can experiment and combine different varieties of foods altogether and make any recipe a delightful one without even compromising your health. You can savor it in your breakfast, as a snack, or even add it to your lunch.
While some want their smoothies with protein powder, others don’t believe that they are safe and effective plus they are expensive. Well, protein powder has its pros and cons. Many protein powders attain plant-based ingredients such as, eggs, milk, soybean, and so forth but with that comes a few added preservatives like sugars and artificial flavoring, vitamins, minerals, and thickeners which can turn a healthy smoothie into a sugar bomb.
Here are some brilliant ways to incorporate protein in your smoothies without the help of protein powder. Have a look!
- Hemp hearts
Hemp hearts or traditionally known as bhang did have considerably more protein as compared to other seed types in the long run. By adding 3-4 tablespoons of smoothies you can increase the protein content by 10 grams! All this with omega-3’s and fiber makes hemp hearts an excellent choice for protein powder.
- Chia seeds
Chia seeds are a balanced source of protein, omega-3’s and fiber. Having less amount of protein as compared to Hemp’s hearts at around 2 grams per tablespoon chia seeds are significantly rich in fiber and omega-3s.
When multiple small sources add up we get a significant amount of result. By adding nuts to your protein shake you’ll increase the protein content by 5 grams but when this adds up with other protein sources it’ll be much more!
- Nut or seed butter
If you want to add creaminess to your protein shake you may add peanut butter, almond butter, or any other but our sed but which will provide a nice texture to your shake while simultaneously increasing the net protein content. Peanut butter ads 4 grams of protein per tablespoon and almond butter adds 3.5 grams of protein per tablespoon.
You may or may not like Tofu, either way, we recommend you as Tofu to your protein shake because the flavor gets undetectable. Adding about 5-10 grams of Tofu will add 7-14 grams of protein.
Over to you.
Smoothies are truly an excellent way to increase your protein content, even better you can experiment with your smoothies. All the above-mentioned ingredients will help your smoothie experiment reach significant levels of protein without compromising its taste and texture. When such ingredients are added to protein powder shakes it increases the net content of protein and also some fiber and omega-3’s which will aid your body to attain its ideal state faster! Give some of them, or all of them, a try to make your perfect smoothie for maximum result.