What are some protein powders you can add to a frozen smoothie?

If you're looking to boost the protein levels in your frozen smoothie recipes there are many options available for you, as you will learn below.

Whether you’re making a frozen smoothie as a meal or a post-workout snack, you’re probably looking to boost up the protein in them.

Protein powders are the most convenient way to include protein into your frozen smoothies.

But with so many different types of protein available on the market, it can be very hard to choose one!

So what are some protein powders you can add to your frozen smoothie?

That’s what I’m covering today, here’s an overview of some common protein powder options out there.

WPC Whey Protein Concentrate

Whey protein concentrate is a protein powder made from the whey found in cow’s milk.

The whey is separated out from the milk and dried into a powder.

Before packaging it up, the manufacturing company will add in things like flavours and additives.

WPC is not suitable for those with dairy and lactose issues, and is not vegan-friendly.

WPI Whey Protein Isolate

Whey protein isolate is similar to WPC.

But it goes one step further, separating out the protein from the fat, carbohydrate and sugars that naturally occur in WPC.

This makes it higher in protein and lower in lactose.

However, it may still contain trace amounts of the protein casein.

So if you don’t tolerate casein, it might be best to try something else.

Like WPC, WPI protein powder iisn’t vegan-friendly.



Pea Protein

The most popular plant-based option around is pea protein.

This vegan option contains around 80% protein, and includes all of the essential amino acids.

Many people find pea protein is easier to digest.

It is a good option for people who want an alternative to dairy-based protein, or even a soy-free vegan option.

Egg White Protein

This protein is exactly what it says – protein powder made using egg whites.

Egg white protein is a good option if you’re following a Paleo diet or can’t consume dairy products.

Egg white protein is obviously not for you if you are vegan, or if you’re allergic/intolerant to eggs.

It’s also important to learn from my mistakes – don’t add it to warm liquid unless you’re trying to make scrambled egg whites!

Hemp Protein

With hemp products now legalised in Australia, hemp protein is on almost every protein powder shelf!

The powder is made by grinding up hemp seeds into a fine powder, and has an earthy, nutty taste.

Hemp is a complete protein, contain the essential amino acids needed for the human body.

But because it isn’t as processed as some of the other powers, it does have a lower protein percentage of around 50%.

The upside is that it is a good source of fibre and healthy fats.

Overall, hemp is a good option to try if you’re looking for a more nutritionally balanced plant-based option.

But it might not be for you if you’re looking to get more of a protein bang for your buck.

Collagen / Collagen Peptides

This is fairly new product to the market.

Collagen is the protein that structures our bodies, particular in the connective tissue.

Some of the amino acids that are abundant in collagen are essential for joint and digestive health.

This protein can be sourced from beef, pork, chicken and/or fish depending on the brand.

Make sure you read the label to check the source if any of these are problematic for you.

Collagen is a good Paleo-friendly option, particularly for those that can’t have egg white protein.

However, it is obviously not vegan or vegetarian!

More smoothie protein powder options

The list above by no means is a complete exhaustive list of smoothie protein powder options for you.

You can also find many more interesting protein powders in supermarkets, health shops and online such as soy protein powder, rice protein powder and even a fermented brown rice protein powder!

Some companies are also trialling insect-based powders too.

In days of old there weren’t many options when it came to protein powders, but these days we are spoilt for choice.

So which protein powder is best for me?

It honestly depends on your dietary preferences, any allergies you might have, your taste buds and your goals.

No matter what protein powder you use, you want to look for one that has minimal additives and ingredients included.

Ideally, a good option will have five or fewer ingredients listed for you on its nutritional panel.

Super Cubes use a pea protein in their frozen smoothie cubes and this is because it is suitable for most people’s requirements and it helps to thicken out your smoothie too.

So if you’re looking to boost the protein levels when having your Super Cubes frozen smoothies, check the nutritional panel first to see if there is already protein in the formula already.

Then you just have to top up that protein level to what you need using one of the options above.

Easy!

Author | Samantha Gemmell
Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs.
Sometimes she does both at the same time.

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