Shake Things Up with Protein Powder - Nutritious, Quick & Tasty for All

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Protein powders only used by bodybuilders to bulk up? That misconception gave way long ago as protein powder made its way into mainstream diets with its numerous benefits and versatility.


Be it providing a source of protein for a vegetarian diet, a fast and nutritious alternative for breakfast on the go, or a necessary supplement to help the body repair muscles post-workout, protein powders fit the bill along with many other perks. They are portable, versatile, and oh-so-delicious. There really is no quicker way to pack a punch of vitamins and nutrients into one glass. Be spoiled for choice as well with the variety of proteins available on the market.


The secret to mixing something you will look forward to sipping is to strike a balance between protein sources and sweet or savoury additions. With a Blender Bottle and the right ingredients, making a nutritious smoothie is fast, fun and rewarding! Derived from whole food sources and minimal ingredients, these recipes are guaranteed to make you drool a little. Just place the ingredients in the order listed and give your bottle a whirl. Let’s get mixing!


Mocha Smoothie


The next time you wake up groggy, caffeinate and eat breakfast simultaneously by whipping up this mocha smoothie. Nuzest Clean Lean Protein ($69.50 for 500g) adds a delicious, natural flavour to your smoothie, minus the fillers, additives or preservatives. To prevent overeating throughout the day, garnish this smoothie with granola for some crunch, and raspberries for that extra fiber.


Ingredients: 

1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp almond or peanut butter
1 pitted medjool date, chopped
1 scoop cappuccino  Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Powder 
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 small frozen banana, chopped

438 calories, 34g protein, 50g carbs, 7g fiber, 11g fat


Matcha Madness Smoothie


This delicious green smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse which injects a dose of antioxidants into your breakfast. Matcha green tea powder naturally offers an energy boost, with 137 times more antioxidant than just regular green tea. With the addition of Sunwarrior Classic Protein Powder ($65.00 for 750g), your body will receive all the essential amino acids it craves in a perfectly balanced profile. Plus, this smoothie is worthy of the ‘gram. Why not?


Ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk beverage (not canned coconut milk)
2 scoops natural  Sunwarrior Classic Protein Powder
1 tsp matcha tea powder
1 tbsp cashew butter
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1 cup frozen mango, chopped

412 calories, 35g protein, 30g carbs, 4g fiber, 15g fat


Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie


This shake is “basic” in the best of ways. It’s creamy, nutritious, delicious and totally guilt-free, a perfectly balanced breakfast all-in-one. Blueberries are extremely rich in antioxidants and fiber, and bananas contain loads of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. The Optimum Nutrition Greek Yogurt Protein Powder ($44.00) add even more nutrients, flavour and protein to your breakfast. A smoothie truly well-loved by all.

Ingredients:
1 cup blueberries, chopped
1/2 banana, chopped
1 1/2 scoops  Optimum Nutrition Greek Yogurt Protein Powder
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp oats
1 tbsp chia seeds

536 calories, 42g protein, 59g carbs, 12g fiber, 18g fat


Superfood Shake


Brightly coloured smoothie is sure to put a smile on anyone’s faces (even kids)! A perfect post workout recovery drink especially for the lactose intolerant, Core Power ($60.00 for 340ml), adds a balanced protein to carb ratio and is made from fresh, lactose-free milk and real honey. Boasting a blend of exceptional nutrients, this superfood smoothie increases athletic performance and speeds muscle recovery. The Core Power collection now sports a refreshed look with a sleek, modern packaging. 


Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen cherries, chopped
8 oz water
1/2 cup chopped raw beets
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, chopped
1/2 banana, chopped
1 scoop chocolate  Core Power High Protein Powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed

329 calories, 28g protein, 4g fat, 52g carbs, 11g fiber


Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie


Who doesn’t love a sweet dessert? If you aren’t already excited by the idea of eating cheesecake for breakfast, you’ll be dancing for joy when you see the ingredients. The words “high protein” may not even make sense here, but when you’re trying to eat healthy, those words are magical. The star of the smoothie show is a plant-based Sunwarrior Classic Protein Powder ($65.00 for 750g) that provides a complete, balanced array of essential amino acids, and more. Ricotta is a stellar option that boosts your calcium intake and contains an extra dose of fast-acting whey protein than most foods. Bringing the dessert to life is the natural sweetness and immune-boosting vitamin C from the cherries.


Ingredients:
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 scoop vanilla  Sunwarrior Classic Protein Powder 
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup frozen cherries, chopped

448 calories, 37g protein, 34g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g fat


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