Are you enjoying the health benefits of adding a protein smoothie to your day? It can seem daunting at first; needing 10 ingredients, messing around with a blender, no time and no idea what you are doing. But it can be made easy if you start with a great tasting quality protein powder, a simple recipe and a personal size blender or shaker for on the go. Adding a protein smoothie or shake to your day can be a very healthy decision.
Having a nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day, adding more protein to your diet is important as you age and finding a healthy snack that can curb hunger and help you lose weight are just a few of the reasons we think you should add a protein smoothie to your day.
10 Healthy Reasons to Add a Protein Smoothie to Your Day
Not a Morning Foodie
Not into a big bacon and egg breakfast? The thought of granola and yogurt before 10am not appealing? Enter the protein smoothie. Something to sip on with your morning tea (or make this protein smoothie with your tea) and you’ll be getting 20 grams of body awakening protein to start your day.
Get More Nutrients
A protein smoothie can be made with just protein powder and water but why not bump up the calcium by making it with milk (almond, rice, coconut or cows) and increasing the nutritional value by adding a variety of fruits, hemp seeds, greek yogurt or even greens like spinach or kale.
Fast & Great on the Go
Not only can you whip up a protein smoothie in under 5 minutes, you can even pack a small container of protein powder and a shaker cup when you are busy and need to eat on the go. Think hotel stays (avoid room service), long road trips or morning commute (no drive thru), post lunch hour workout – all great opportunities for a protein smoothie that will fill you up and keep you going. Just add milk or water, shake and enjoy.
All the ingredients you need for a quick morning smoothie can be found in your freezer. Frozen raspberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, peaches and even kale and greens are being sold in chopped and frozen, ready for smoothies. You could freeze greek yogurt in cubes to add more protein and always toss ripening bananas in the freezer to have on hand for this Skinny Vanilla Bean Frosted Latte Protein Smoothie.
Excellent Between Meal Snack
Avoid the mid day vending machine visit at the office and plan ahead to have a protein smoothie instead. Pack a personal blender or take a travel pack of protein powder and an ice pack with a shaker cup full of milk. Get over 20 grams of hunger satisfying protein that will curb cravings and help you avoid the chips and chocolate bars between meals.
Help You Lose Weight
A protein smoothie will keep you feeling full longer, avoid snacking and can help you lose weight. The key to healthy weight loss is too not cut back on nutrition as you cut calories and to lose the least amount of muscle while you are reducing body fat. A whey protein powder that also includes casein like Boomer Nutrition ENERGY is the best protein powder for weight loss as it has both slow and fast releasing proteins that help you feel full longer and prevent loss of lean muscle.
Help Get Daily Protein Requirement
Do you know how much protein you need in day? As you age, you actually need to add more protein to your diet and studies show breakfast is a meal where we are often not getting enough protein. Use this chart to determine how much protein you require in a day and see if adding 20 grams of protein in a morning or mid day smoothie can help you reach your optimum daily requirements.
Post Exercise Muscle Repair
Whey protein powders are considered “fast-acting” protein as your body can break it down and absorb the nutrients quickly. This is important after a workout that focuses on cardio or building strength as your muscles being to repair themselves. The quality proteins found in Boomer Nutrition ENERGY with leucine are designed to optimize muscle repair when you enjoy a protein smoothie within 30 minutes of a workout.
A Complete Protein
Amino acids are classified as essential and non-essential and while both types of amino acids are needed, there are 9 essential amino acids that must come from the food you eat as your body cannot make them. When all of these essential amino acids are present in a food, it is referred to as a complete protein. Animal based foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products are considered a complete protein as they contain all of the essential amino acids in one protein source that can be easily used by the body. Whey protein powder such as Boomer Nutrition is considered a complete protein and having a protein smoothie made with greek yogurt and milk provides a simple way of getting all your essential amino acids.
There is a protein smoothie for every taste and every diet. Fruit smoothies like this Orange Mango Sunshine Protein Smoothie is a great way to wake up, while this Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Smoothie is a great snack or even dessert, and if you need more greens, go for this Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie with Kale.
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