Recipes for Post-Holiday Protein Shakes
If you spent the months of November and December slightly overindulging yourself with holiday feasts, tasty in-between treats, and more than your usual intake of yummy cocktails and favorite wines, you may be looking for a way to "back off" and begin trimming a few pounds and/or inches without starving yourself into submission. Well, we may have at least a partial solution; protein shake recipes.
Protein shakes, used along with physical activity and reasonable adjustments to your daily intake, can be a healthy way to cut calories and drop a few without resorting to potentially harmful fad diets. To that end, we thought we'd offer some tasty protein shake recipes. We've included just a few, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own recipe. Just remember to keep it on the healthy end of the nutritional scale. And keep in mind that protein shakes are intended to serve as a supplement to an overall healthy and balanced diet. They're not supposed to replace food entirely. You cannot exist on protein shakes and supplements alone without likely causing yourself some health issues, or even serious injury.
With that said, there are hundreds of protein shakes and other protein supplements available to choose from. There are powders, liquids, capsules and bars just to mention a few. Since we're not here to pitch anyone's particular product, we will only advise you to choose one that tastes good and includes the healthiest possible ingredients. First, and most obviously, it should be high in protein. But, in addition to that, find a supplement that keeps any added sugars to a minimum and, unless your particular regime requires them, try to keep the carbohydrates low as well. Read the ingredients carefully and choose accordingly. And before you buy a 50 pound bag of the stuff, try it out first. If you hate the taste, you're not likely to use it regularly.
Why Drink Protein Shakes?
Protein shakes have a host of benefits. Protein is used for the production of muscles, as well as to manufacture hormones, enzymes, cellular messengers, nucleic acids, and immune system components. Protein helps muscles grow and heal. Protein has become a favorite supplement for those seeking to put on muscle and tone their physique, as well as to boost overall health. Plus, protein shakes make excellent, healthier alternatives to more traditional breakfasts and snacks. The right protein shake is chock full of good stuff and, when used wisely, can help you achieve your fitness goals more quickly.
When to Drink Protein Shakes
You can drink protein shakes at any time, as a snack or as a meal replacement. However, in relation to working out, there are ideal times to take in protein. One of the times your body is most in need of protein is immediately following a workout. Drinking liquid protein immediately following a workout helps your body heal the “micro tears” (small tears in muscle tissue caused by the contractions of the muscles during workout). While solid food takes time to digest and break down into protein to send to the muscles, protein shakes only take about 30 minutes to reach the muscle after ingestion.
Protein Shake Recipes You're Gonna Love!
There’s no reason for your protein shake to taste unpleasant, or even bland. In fact, you can customize and play with your protein shake recipes to make them as delicious as any milkshake or smoothie! So, with that in mind, we offer you a handful of tried and true, delicious protein shake recipes. Enjoy.
- Peanut Butter and Banana – Can’t go wrong with a classic! Combine protein powder, 2 cups ice, 4oz vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 banana, 1-2 tbsp peanut butter.
- Key Lime Pie Protein Shake – Take a trip down memory lane to mama’s kitchen with this pie-flavored smoothie. This sweet treat has 14 grams of fiber to keep you fuller, longer. Combine protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbs key lime juice (any limes will do really), zest of one key lime, 1/2 tsp maple syrup, 1 cup ice into a blender. Top with 1 tbs nonfat plain Greek yogurt and 1tbs crushed graham crackers. Delicious!
- Black Forest Protein Shake – Inspired by German Black Forest cake, this shake is a blissful dessert in a glass—but without all the calories and sugar! Combine chocolate protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened almond, soy, or skim milk, 1 banana, 1 cup of fresh or frozen dark cherries, 3-5 ice cubes into a blender until smooth.
- Orange Creamsicle Shake – All the fun of the traditional cherished drink but much, much healthier. This one packs a lot of protein plus a healthy dose of vitamin C and calcium. Combine vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup of water, 3 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tsp honey, 3-5 ice cubs, and 1 teaspoon of orange zest (optional) and mix until smooth.
- Strawberry Protein Shake – This one tastes just like a great strawberry milkshake but is actually good for you and has three simple ingredients. Mix a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk and 1 cup of frozen strawberries. Blend until creamy smooth and and voilà. You won't believe your not at your favorite ice cream shop!
Creating Your Own Protein Shake Recipes – Final Thoughts
When coming up with your own concoctions to supplement your protein intake, there are a couple of important points to keep in mind; keep it tasty, keep it high-protein, keep it healthy, low in sugar and low in carbs. Have fun coming up with your own favorites.
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