You might think protein smoothies are just for the bodybuilders.
But protein-rich foods come with a host of health benefits, no matter how much you’re working out.
So whether you’re a certified gym junkie, a weekend warrior, or a couch potato who just loves the taste of smoothies, here are some reasons to include protein in your frozen smoothies.
Protein keeps you fuller for longer
There’s nothing worse than feeling hungry all the time!
If this is something you struggle with, including a bit of protein in your frozen smoothies might be a good solution.
Research shows that protein is the most satiating of the macronutrients – more than carbohydrates or fats.
It keeps you feeling fuller after the meal (or smoothie), but also over 24hrs after your meal.
Consuming protein may also reduce your overall energy intake, which makes it a great option if you’re looking for a bit of help to lose weight.
Protein aids with muscle maintenance and recovery
Amino acids that are found in protein are the building blocks of your tissue, including the muscles.
Your body needs protein to maintain the tissues if they are damaged.
But if you’re also hitting the gym regularly, you need even more protein so the body can repair and support muscle growth.
How much protein you need depends on a host of factors, including your weight, sex, training program and many others!
But for most people, adding some extra protein into their smoothie won’t hurt, and will probably help.
Protein helps to balance blood sugar levels
If you want steady energy levels throughout the day, you want to look to your blood sugar levels.
If you eat something that is high in processed carbohydrates or simple sugars, your body will quickly absorb them.
You’ll experience a sudden spike in blood sugar levels, which boosts your energy and makes you feel great.
But this is followed by a crash, which can leave you hungry and grumpy!
Protein can help to slow the absorption of sugar from your food.
Although 50-60% of protein will be converted to sugar, it takes 3-4 hours to enter the bloodstream, which can counteract the blood sugar crash.
How to add protein to a frozen smoothie
Ready to bump up the protein content of your frozen smoothies?
There are plenty of ways to boost the protein levels in your smoothies, but you still have to remember to choose what protein source is right depending on your dietary needs and preferences of course.
Here are some protein sources, along with their approximate protein content as well for you.
- Almond butter – 7-8g per 2Tbsp serve
- Peanut butter – 7-8g per 2Tbsp serve
- Whole milk – 8g per cup
- Yoghurt – 8g per cup
- Quinoa – approx. 4g per ½ cup serve
- Oats – approx. 5g per 40g serve (depending on the type of oat)
- Lupin flakes – 16g per 40g serve
- Protein power – 20-25g per 30g serve, depending on the protein source and other ingredients
- Wake Me Up Smoothie Super Cubes – 4.7g per serve
All of these can increase the level of protein in your smoothies and also increase your protein intake across the day too.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy smoothie base that includes protein sources along with plenty of other beneficial nutrients, then the final choice might be the answer for you.
It’s all about what works for you
Choosing the protein source that works for you will have a bit of trial and error for you.
With hundreds (if not thousands) of ingredients to choose from and then choosing the quantity after that too, there are endless possibilities for you in creating you own protein smoothie masterpieces.
But starting with adequate smoothie base ingredients and keep them constant lets you easily trial other ingredients on top of them.
Then you can look at taste, texture and also nutritional value after that as you decide what works best for you.
This is why choosing Super Cubes frozen smoothie cubes and a liquid is the perfect start for any smoothie.
If you need any more smoothie recipe or ingredient inspiration you can head to our smoothie recipe section or download our latest recipe eBook for yourself below.