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Protein Shake Ingredients You Really Need to Use

Protein shake ingredients are critical to keeping the calorie count to a reasonable level and to add needed nutrients to your diet. Protein shakes are sometimes called smoothies. Try these ingredients for added benefits to your favorite protein shake.

High-Protein Shake Ingredients

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Protein is the main purpose of using a shake as a post workout drink. The source of the protein is important to get a good absorption rate to feed hungry muscles.

Almond butter
Almond milk
Nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt or milk
Nonfat or low-fat plain kefir
Peanut butter
Soymilk
Tofu
Whey protein powder

Fruit

Changing from fresh to frozen to canned does not matter as long as you avoid added sugar or syrup.

Apple
Bananas
Blackberries
Blueberries
Mango
Pineapple
Raspberries

super foodVegetables as a Protein Shake Ingredient?

For a great change of pace, absolutely! Raw vegetables may be an issue placing in a blender depending on their texture. Blending them first (alone) then straining will help.
Avocado – great for healthy oils
Carrot
Cucumber
Kale
Spinach

Healthy Add-ins for Flavor and Nutrition

Chia seed
Cocoa powder
Coconut
Rolled oats
Flaxseed
Spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg

Protein Shake Ingredients to Avoid

Saturated fats and sugar are definitely items to avoid. Look for the “hidden” sugar that goes by other names like high fructose corn syrup or glucose/fructose.

Flavored yogurt
Full-fat dairy
Ice cream
Sherbet
Sorbet
Sweetened juice

Over the next several weeks, I will be posting protein shake (smoothie) recipes taken from my Smoothie Recipe Book. I have collected over 150 recipes to help add variety to how smoothies are used.

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