Last month, I told you all about protein powder. While some people love the stuff, I still just don’t feel like the benefits of it out-weigh the high cost. That stuff’s expensive!
If you’re like me and aren’t totally convinced of the whole protein powder thing or if you just want to try out a cheaper alternative, here are a few things things to add to your shakes or smoothies to make them extra protein-licious!
Tofu? In a smoothie? Yes! It’s good and good for you. Lots of protein here! You’ve more likely than not made some kind of dessert that called for silken tofu; If it can make your desserts smooth and creamy, why can’t it do the same for your smoothies? I was a little bit skeptical the first time I tried this, but I’ve found that tastes awesome mixed with bananas, chocolate, and almond milk!
This recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie is one of my favorites!
Chocolate Protein Shake
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup silken tofu
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp nut butter (more protein!!)
+ I like to throw a banana in there too!
Combine everything in your blender until super smooth. Add more almond milk if it’s too thick!
Cashews, Walnuts, Quinoa!
Sounds perfect already, right? I love adding nuts to my smoothies because it adds another layer of texture and flavor that you usually aren’t expecting. When I add cashews, I try to soak them overnight first, but any other nuts I usually just throw in. Okay, okay, how have I written three sentences and not mentioned the fact that I’m telling you that quinoa is good in smoothies? Well, it just is! I never would have thought to add it, until I saw this recipe on Healthful Pursuit.
Banana Bread Super Foods Smoothie
1 cup water
1 banana, frozen
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
1 tbsp raw walnuts (or hempseeds)
2 tsp flax oil
1 medjool date, pitted
½ vanilla extract
¾ tsp cinnamon
Extra walnuts and cinnamon for topping
Blend it up! Top with extra walnuts and cinnamon. A protein filled favorite!
Oats, like, quinoa, are another thing that I never really thought about putting in my smoothies. They’re delicious and all, but I always thought they belonged in a mason jar overnight, not in my quick morning smoothies. Once again, I was wrong! I figured this one out all on my own; aren’t you proud of me? One morning and I just felt like putting oats in my smoothie. So I did. And it was amazing!
Almond Butter Oat Smoothie
1 large banana, frozen
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 cup vanilla almond milk
3 tbsp oats
Blend oats first and then add the rest! If you need to sweeten it up a bit, squeeze a tiny bit of agave or maple syrup in there. So simple and delicious!
Hemp seeds are my new favorite smoothie addition! I add it to all of my smoothies, just to give me that extra boost of protein! I also put them in my cereal, yogurt, granola, etc.
1. Buy hemp seeds
2. Add to everything