Ever thought that your smoothie needs a little extra protein?
A good amount of protein in the diet is essential for your wellbeing and an easy way to boost your daily protein is by adding some to your smoothies.
But the ingredients we typically think of as high protein like meat, fish and eggs - well, they aren’t particularly smoothie-friendly.
You might not even know about the best high-protein options to add to your smoothie.
Let’s have a look at why you might like some extra protein along with some ways to bump up the protein in your current smoothie recipes.
Why add extra protein to your smoothie?
There’s a variety of reasons to add some protein to your smoothie.
Here are a couple you might like to think about:
- Protein keeps you feeling fuller after you consume it. This feeling is not just immediately after eating it – it continues for over 24hrs after you have it.
- Protein can help to reduce your overall energy intake. If weight loss is one of your goals, protein is a must for your smoothies.
- Amino acids found in protein are the building blocks of your muscle and other body tissues. If you’re exercising regularly, getting enough protein is essential to support repair and growth of your muscles.
- Protein slows the absorption of sugar from your food. This gives you not only a steady blood sugar, but also steady energy levels throughout the day.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to add protein to your smoothie – and to your diet in general.
High-protein ingredients for your smoothie
Ready to fill up on protein-rich ingredients?
Here are some ideas to inspire your new exciting, high-protein smoothie creations.
Most people will think protein powder is the only way to add protein to their smoothie.
It’s far from the only option, but it certainly is a convenient option.
Protein powders now come in a variety of options, from whey to egg-based and plenty of plant-based powders including hemp, pea and rice protein.
But because protein powders are a processed protein option, you want to be careful when choosing the right powder for you.
The best options for protein powder will have only a handful of ingredients in the formula.
Ideally, they’ll contain the protein source, a natural sweetener and a natural flavour such as vanilla or cocoa powder.
You’ll be able to find the protein content information on the protein powders nutritional panel, or if you are at your local health food store buying your Super Cubes, ask for help from the staff if you need it.
Grains and pseudograins
Wholegrains and similar ingredients can be a great source of protein.
Just by adding oats to your smoothie you can bump up the protein level in your smoothie by about 5 grams per 40 grams of oats.
Pseudograins are seeds that have similar properties to grains.
Some higher protein pseudograin options for your smoothies include quinoa, with 4 grams of protein per ½ cup, and lupin sits at a whopping 16 grams per 40 gram serve.
So there are plenty of options in the grains department.
The easiest way to add nuts to your smoothie?
Start using nut butter!
Almond butter contains around 7 to 8 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serve.
Other nut butters have similar levels of protein too, so the key is to find a nut you like to add to your smoothies.
Although peanuts are technically a legume rather than a nut (don’t ask, it’s confusing!), peanut butter is another higher-protein option, with 7 to 8 grams per 2 tablespoons.
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If you tolerate dairy, it’s an easy and tasty way to bump up the protein content of your smoothie.
Whole milk contains around 8 grams of protein per cup, and plain yoghurt clocks in with around 8 grams per cup too, depending on the variety.
This is an easy way to bump up the smoothie protein levels as well!
Just add in milk as your preferred smoothie liquid or if you prefer a really thick smoothie or smoothie bowl, just use yoghurt.
Just use Super Cubes!
Want an easy, no think way to add extra protein to your smoothie?
Try adding in some Super Cubes!
The Super Cubes Wake Me Up Smoothie cubes have 4.7g per serve as well as the other healthy ingredients in them too.
It’s easy as adding 3 Wake Me Up cubes into your current smoothie recipe, adding in milk or a few other ingredients from above and before you know it you’ve hit your protein target for your meal.
As you can see, finding out what you can add to your smoothie to get extra protein isn’t the hard part.It’s making the right choice for your goals and your taste buds that will be the hardest choice!