Are you a juicer? Do you juice fresh fruit and vegetables? If you do, then you know about the healthy benefits that you can actually FEEL. Do you also take on extra protein supplements? A meal including a fresh juice AND a protein shake can certainly fill you up and leave little room for anything else. This is where a protein smoothie can solve your problem.
Your body could do well on just protein shakes and fruit and vegetable smoothies
Use the freshest fruit and vegetables for protein smoothies that are out of this world.
Whilst over short periods, a diet of just juiced fruit, vegetables and protein shakes would help you cleanse and lose fat, on an everyday basis a compromise is called for.
The best compromise that I know of is to get creative with your blender and whip up some protein smoothies.
A protein smoothie can be as basic or as exotic as you want to make it. Just adding carrot juice to your regular protein powder instead of water or milk will give you a simple protein smoothie.
If you use strawberry or vanilla protein powder, then this will sweeten the carrot taste, and the carrot will provide extra vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Adding vegetable juice to your protein shake will give you a major vitality boost.
A few tips on making a perfect protein smoothie
Remember that some fruits and vegetables create a thicker consistency to your drink, as does the protein shake. Perhaps start with less protein powder than you would normally use so you don’t end up with a yoghurt consistency instead of a drink.
For fruit smoothies, experiment with pure protein powders such as pure whey, casein, brown rice protein powder and so on. The sweeteners that are added to commercially made protein shakes can be overwhelming when added to the natural sweetness of fruit.
So if you make a fruit based protein smoothie and end up with something that is a little too sweet, do not give up, just experiment a little more.
You can buy protein powder without added sweeteners, or you can mix your fruit up with some vegetables. Cucumber and carrot are especially good at taking that sweet edge away a little.
A great tactic is to freeze berries. You can buy blast frozen berries from the supermarket.
My favorite tactic is to buy quantities of fresh “in-season” berries, then freeze them myself. I love opening my freezer to see containers of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and so on.
When I make my protein smoothies I just throw in a few small handfuls of different berries. Delicious. Be careful not to put too many in as the protein smoothie might end up a little think.
If you are taking additional supplements like Glutamine for example, throw them in at the mixing stage.
If you are trying to lose fat, then substituting one meal a day, for a protein smoothie should do the trick, without leaving you hungry or lacking in anything. You still have to eat healthily the rest of the time though!
There are no rules, no limits. It makes sense to keep experimenting to find the best taste, texture and nutritional profiles.
In fact, mixing the different ingredients makes sense as you will continually introduce different vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and enzymes into your body. You could create a new protein smoothie recipe almost every day then keep a record of your favorites.