We all love a good healthy smoothie or protein shake. The convenience of getting in a bunch of carbohydrates and protein after your workout or just as a tasty snack. But it’s time to stop being so plain… it’s time to take your protein shake to the next level. Loads of different foods have a host of health benefits and are packed with micronutrients.
Try adding these healthy ingredients to your next smoothie or protein shake to take it to the next level!
Low fat or 0% yoghurt
Yoghurt is a great source of tasty protein. It’s also packed with probiotics for gut health and calcium for bone strength. One serving on average with also contain 23% of your B12 vitamin for the day which contributes to normal body function. That’s not all… it’s also full of iodine which increases thyroid activity and thus weight loss. Adding a good yoghurt to your shake or smoothie will make it creamier and bring a host of benefits as well!
Honey is a great natural sweetener to add in if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth as well as being a fast acting carb (post-workout). some say that honey has also been shown to help improve hayfever by increasing immunity to natural pollen. Unfortunately, there is no scientific backing for this… but it still tastes great!
Nuts (almonds/nut flour/butters)
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats as well as being delicious. Adding these to your shake will not only help thicken and make it more creamy, it will also come with a host of health benefits! It will provide a dose of vitamin E (Immunity) and a protein kick. Using a butter or flour is much easy (and cheaper) than using whole nuts but is personal preference.
Matcha is a fine powdered green tea packed full of goodness. Adding this to your recipe will bring the benefits of: EGCG, antioxidants, and caffeine. All these results in a pick me up and a metabolism boost.
Adding instant ground coffee into the mix will help give you that needed kick after your workout. Normally the flavour can’t even be tasted but it can also help to take the edge off some of the sweeter ones.
Because health! Spinach is a great leafy green which can be added to any smoothie or shake. The addition of spinach to a shake brings a but-load of nutrients and tastes great!
Another vegetable… yep that’s right. Kale contains twice the vitamin C of an orange, over 600% of your recommended vitamin K. Best of all? Its super low calorie!
The new health food craze. Avocado is great, healthy fats, high in fibre and packed full of vitamins C, K and E. Whats even better is if you add it to a shake it will give it a thick and creamy texture.
Coconut water is the isotonic sports drink of the natural world. It’s low in calories, packed with more potassium than a banana and great at re-hydrating. The best way to use it is to freeze it into ice cubes and add it to a shake.
Flaxseed is a great way to bulk out your smoothie with healthy fats and fibres. I recommend buying it in a powdered form like this one – flaxseed powder.
This is a great flavour boost to add to your smoothies. Ginger comes with many health benefits such as Weight loss, anti-inflammatory, Digestive support and boosts immunity. Start by adding small bits at a time as otherwise can become overpowering.
Keep your shakes from becoming boring and start adding fresh ingredients. Comment or tag me with other great ideas or your own home recipes!
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