Most people who take part in our cleanses are always asking if they can add protein powder to their smoothies. “Where am I going to get protein?” they ask, frightfully, as though they are imagining a life without sight. While the body needs protein to carry out essential functions, it doesn’t need the amount that the average American consumes.
If you have ever read the nutrition label on a tub of protein powder, you would know that you need a scientific dictionary to understand the ingredients you can’t pronounce. With all the news surrounding the negatives of whey protein powder, more and more people have been switching to vegetarian or vegan powders. Some plant-based powders are good, while others contain too many processed ingredients.
Protein is necessary to fuel neurotransmitter activity, aid with muscle repair, and to keep metabolism and digestion functioning smoothly. You just have to make sure that you are focusing on whole food protein sources. So what are the best protein-rich foods that you can easily blend in your smoothies? You don’t have to worry about answering because we are providing them for you in this article.
For your information, 20 almonds satisfy 12% of your recommended daily intake of protein, and those same 20 almonds contain as much calcium as a quarter-cup of milk. Almonds or raw almond butter are great sources of heart-healthy fats and, according to a report in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming 34 almonds a day helps people consume less food throughout the day.
Most green vegetables contain more protein than you realize. For instance, one cup of kale contains four grams of protein and a ton of antioxidants. If you really want to increase your protein intake, add a couple tablespoons of chia seeds to your smoothie. Not only is the kale and chia seed combo a protein power duo, but they are also rich in fiber and blood sugar regulating benefits.
Due to the magnesium content, consuming pumpkin seeds is beneficial for you bones and muscles. They also happen to be rich in protein, with five grams in two tablespoons. A great protein combo is adding pumpkin seeds to a smoothie with unsweetened organic almond milk, cinnamon, dates, and organic unsweetened pumpkin puree, which you can learn to make yourself by clicking here.
Oats are rich in potassium, magnesium, fiber, and contain about seven grams of protein per half-cup. Because oats have a mild flavor, they blend well with a variety of ingredients. For instance, a simple smoothie with oats, bananas, and spinach is amazingly delicious and beneficial for muscle & bone health. The spinach adds extra protein and helps to alkalize the body.
Avocados are last on the list because they don’t contain the most protein (roughly 2.3 grams per half-cup); however, avocados help to keep you full for a while. A study found that people who ate half an avocado at lunch had a decreased desire to snack before dinner. It is best paired with raw cacao powder, bananas, dates, spinach, and agave.