Want to add more protein to smoothies? Maybe you’ve been using protein powder and it’s just not doing the job. Besides, you don’t like its chalky taste, anyway.
Or maybe you’re using a traditional protein-based smoothie recipe that you found online. But you’ve come to realize that that you still don’t have enough protein. It’s time then to seek out other sources to add protein to your smoothie.
What other ways can you add more protein to smoothies? With that in mind, you may be looking at some other ways to boost your protein in your smoothies.
Add more protein to smoothies without sacrificing flavor
Here are some healthy ways to add protein to your smoothie without adding sugar and other unhealthy combinations:
1. Bee pollen
Most people wouldn’t think of bee pollen when think of protein. But it contains a lot of protein. It contains five to seven times more protein than beef.
You can buy bee pollen in many forms including capsules and crystals. Just drop them into your blender with your other ingredients when making your smoothie.
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are becoming increasingly easy to find and are quite popular—and healthy. They can be added to most anything like oatmeal and even into yogurt.
Chia seeds can just as easily be added to your smoothie to boost your protein content. Chia seeds contain 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.
3. Nut-based milks
If you don’t want the thickness or sweetness that a nut butter adds to your smoothie, consider adding a nut-based milk instead.
You may be surprised to find that nut-based milks contain a large amount of protein along with calcium and other nutrients. If you are used to using dairy milk or yogurt for your smoothies then this will be an ideal swap and easy to relate to.
4. Nut butters
Nut butters are one of the easiest ways to add more protein to your smoothies. You can add nut-based butter a tablespoon at a time.
If you bought the nut butter from an organic source, you’ll have an easier time since the nutrient chart will show how many servings of protein are in each tablespoon. Make sure the nut butter is creamy and is at room temperature.
Hemp is full of protein with over 36% of the product being based in protein. Hemp also has Omega 3’s which can be very beneficial in a plant-based diet plan.
Hemp can be added in seed form to smoothies and can digest easily. You can also find hemp powder, hemp sugars, and other forms of hemp to add to your smoothies.
You could also use a combination of different proteins to add more protein to your smoothie.
For example, you could combine the chia seeds with kale or add the chia seeds along with the nut butter.
Although using protein powder is simple, convenient and does its job, the above suggestions are lower-calorie and plant-based ways to add more protein to your smoothie.