One thing that needs to be remembered when it comes to eating healthy is that the food doesn’t need to taste disgusting. When I’ve tried protein shakes in the past I’ve been put off by the artificial flavours and therefore over time I have created my own favourite protein concoction and today I’m going to share it with you lovely people! Of course, please note that I am no expert!
6 simple ingredients that can be tweaked to meet individual needs:
1) 400-500ml of your chosen milk. Whether that be regular milk, almond milk or coconut milk, you can go with whichever you prefer. The quantity of 400-500ml depends on how thick you want your shake to be (less milk, more thick the drink).
2) Two teaspoons of your chosen protein powder. Today I have used this Soya Protein from Holland and Barrett which is £6.99 for 250g Click Here. I use this powder as it has no flavourings and can therefore be added alongside any of my chosen protein shake contents. Of course you can use the protein which suits you best.
Soya Protein Benefits:
– Soya Protein Isolate is a great source of complete protein for vegetarians and vegans as it contains high levels of all the essential amino acids, and is the vegetable protein closest to meat in terms of its amino acid content.
– Soya Protein Isolate contains 90% and is therefore a convenient way to boost your daily protein intake.
3) 1 ripe banana (I’m sure you know what a banana looks like so I won’t insert a photo haha!)
4) 1 heaped teaspoon of peanut butter. Peanut butter adds flavour and goodness, I purchased mine from Asda for only £2.58 – Suitable for Vegans, Suitable for Vegetarians and No Added Sugar – Click Here.
Benefits of Peanut Butter:
– High in Valuable Nutrition – Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fibre for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
– Suppresses Hunger For Weight Loss – Eating peanuts and peanut butter helps control hunger without leading to weight gain.
Learn more about the health benefits of peanut butter here!
5) Maca Powder – 1 teaspoon – Naturya is one of my favourite brands in terms of trying out new super foods. When I first bought this Maca Powder I wasn’t entirely sure what to eat it with as it’s got a very distinctive and unusual taste, however it goes perfectly in this smoothie alongside the banana and peanut butter. You can leave out the maca powder if you don’t own or want to purchase it.
£19.99 for 300g at Holland and Barrett Click Here.
Maca Powder Benefits:
– Contains vitamin B6, calcium & iron
– High in riboflavin, zinc & fibre
– Source of thiamin and protein
6) Seeds – 1 heaped tablespoon.
It’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong by eating seeds as they’re full of goodness but I’m sure you’ll agree with me in saying that it’s not fun or even tasty trying to eat them on their own, that’s why adding them to your smoothie is a great idea!
That is everything that goes into this delicious, healthy, protein packed smoothie! Let me know if you try giving it a go and if you have any favourite smoothie recipes?
Healthy can still be tasty, you just need to tweek the ingredients to suit you.
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