Protein is an essential nutrient for building and maintaining healthy muscles and immunity. Whether you are trying to slim down, or just trying to maintain your body, your fitness schedule must include one or two proteins shakes a day. Protein shakes are available in the market in variety of flavors but despite their nutritional value, their taste is sometimes so awful that they are hard to swallow and often carry added sugar, preservatives and highly processed proteins. But there is no need to drink the same boring, tasteless protein shakes. Try these healthy protein shake recipes adding more digestible and natural protein sources than meat and dairy like hemp seeds, leafy greens, pumpkin seeds which will add flavor, texture and taste to your daily dose of protein. Each recipe will provide your body the energy you need to recover from a tough work out and help to maintain lean muscle mass boosting satiety and calorie burn without compromising on your taste buds. According to your calorie needs and taste preference, you can improvise the recipe.
Here Are 5 Homemade Healthy and Delicious Protein Shakes
Mango Carrot Shake
Rather than using a scoop of protein powder, use almond butter and almond milk as protein source and make a delicious protein shake using the following ingredients.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1tbsp. almond butter, ¾ cup fresh pieces of ripped mango, ½ cup grated carrot, Few ice cubes
Put all the ingredients in blender to get protein packed and nutritious vitamins and antioxidant rich shake.
Papaya & Pineapple Protein Shake
1 cup papaya (frozen/fresh), 3 cups dark leafy greens, ½ cup pineapple (frozen/fresh), 1tbsp. hemp seeds, 3 tbsp. pumpkin seeds, Juice of ½ a lemon or lime, 1 cup distilled water
Mix water and leafy greens and blend them well. Now add rest of the ingredients and blend once again. Enjoy this healthy protein shake.
Berries And Yogurt Protein Smoothie
Try this antioxidant rich and protein packed smoothie full of fresh and nutritious ingredients to give your morning the right start.
½ cup raspberries (frozen/fresh), ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup sweet cherries, ½ cup water, 1 cup yogurt, 5-6 cashews
Combine and blend all the ingredients in blender until you get a smooth consistency. If thinner consistency is required, add little more water and blend again for few seconds.
Amazing Strawberry Protein Shake
Flavored with strawberries, this protein packed creamy smoothie tastes different than other smoothies, because instead of yogurt, cottage cheese has been used which serves more protein than yogurt and brings amazing taste, different from other smoothies made with yogurt. Adding chia seed will further provide good dose of fiber and omega-3.
1½ cups fresh strawberries, ½ cup fat free milk, 1/3 cup fat-free cottage cheese, 1 tsp. chia seeds, Crushed ice (optional), 6-8 drop liquid stevia (optional)
Pour all the ingredients in blender and blend to get a smooth consistency. Add little more milk, if the consistency is too thick.
Almond, Ginger And Coconut Shake
¾ cup raw almonds, ¼ cup shredded fresh coconut, 2 tsp. grated ginger (fresh), 1 tsp. cinnamon powder, 1 tsp. sea salt, 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp. Coconut butter, 1 tsp. honey (optimal)
Soak the almonds overnight. This will help to breakdown phytic acid which often causes bloating or acidity. Soaking also helps to activate the enzymes contained in the nuts and makes them easy to digest. Discard the water and blend after combining all ingredients except honey; add crushed ice and water. Add honey, if desired.
You can drink these protein packed shakes any time; but starting your day with these nutritionally power pack shakes will boost your metabolism and stay satisfied for long and hence aid in weight loss.