Sometimes you need a little bit of change in the diet to switch things up and bring variety and fresh ideas into the meal plan. One of the best ways to switch things up is to start using a blender and get a little creative with some protein smoothies. The combinations are infinite and you can easily add a tremendous amount of flavor and nutrients by adding a few simple ingredients into your shake!
In effect, making smoothies is incredibly fast and they provide you with the same amount of calories as regular dishes! Besides its convenience protein smoothies provide high volume meals that will fill you up and keep you energized throughout the day! Protein smoothies are also a great boost of protein at any time during the day without packing unnecessary sugars or excessive calories. They go well for breakfast, as a post-workout replenishment, and as a high-protein meal before the bedtime!
Note: To ensure smoothness and creaminess of the shakes try to blend the ingredients for anywhere from 15-45 seconds, depending on your blender.
Whey Protein Recipes
1. Peanut Butter Banana
A great way to boost your protein intake along with some fast acting carbs and healthy fats. For some reason, the flavors of a peanut butter just go well with a banana and there is no question that this is probably one of my all-time favorite protein shakes. You can experiment with a variety of protein flavors, however, one of the favorite ones are a banana, vanilla, or natural chocolate whey. I like to keep this shake fairly simple by not overdoing the toppings because as the saying goes “the best things in life are simple”, right?
✓ 1 and a half bananas
✓ 2 scoops of vanilla, banana, or natural chocolate Impact Whey protein
✓ 1 tbsp of Peanut Butter
✓ 2 cups of almond milk
✓ ¼ – ½ a cup of Instant Oats
2. Double Berry Vanilla
Nothing can jump start your day better than a vitamin & nutrient packed smoothie in the morning! You can use a handful of different combinations of either frozen or fresh berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and such. You can also buy packets with already pre-mixed frozen berry mixes that are a little more convenient if you’re ever in a rush! My recommended protein flavor would be either a vanilla or a strawberry cream!
✓ 1 serving of blueberries
✓ 1 serving of strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries
✓ 1 ½ scoops of Impact Whey protein
✓ 6-8 oz of water
✓ 6-8 oz of plain Greek yogurt, blend well and enjoy!
3. The Chocolate Bomb
One of the great reasons for implementing smoothies and protein shakes into your diet is the amount of volume and flavor they provide, while keeping you full for a long period of time. Especially, when I feel like having a cheat meal, a good protein shake can satisfy the craving and fill me up at the same time! Chocolate flavor shakes are my go-to whenever I feel like I need something that will stay within the “macro-friendly” terms, yet give me the flavors of a cheat meal I am looking for!
✓ 2 scoops of natural chocolate or chocolate brownie Impact Whey
✓ 8-10 oz of a 2% milk or an almond milk
✓ 1 tbsp of 100% cocoa powder
✓ ½ tbsp of an almond or Peanut Butter
Take Home Message
Here are the three of my favorite protein smoothie recipes. They are not only very satisfying and filling but also packed with protein that will help you to build or maintain your muscle mass, or recover after a challenging workout! I am a firm believer in getting the daily macronutrients from real foods, however, a good protein smoothie can “shake” things up a little and bring variety into your meal plan!
Regardless of the time of the day, protein shakes and smoothies can be utilized as the first thing in the morning, post or pre workout, or as a late night snack! I always make sure to keep some ingredients for one of my favorite shakes around to put together a quick smoothie and stay on track with my fitness goals! Happy holiday season and make yourself a tasty protein smoothie every once in a while!