Smoothies are a convenient and tasty way to get all the nutrition you need from a meal in one glass. And while most smoothie lovers don't necessarily equate this healthful "fast food" as a source of protein, you can add natural protein to your smoothies and give yourself a boost that will fill you up and help you avoid between-meal cravings.
If you’re not a fan of protein powder; try these tips for creating protein-packed smoothies the natural way.
Adding natural protein to your smoothies
- Avocados - Avocado provides a satisfying combination of protein and fats that can calm your cravings and help you resist snacking before the next meal.
- Silken tofu - That's silken, not firm! This type of tofu not only provides complete protein, but its smooth texture mixes well with dairy products.
- Low fat cottage cheese - Save the Greek yogurt for later. Cottage cheese has even more protein and will add to the creamy texture of your smoothie.
- Chia seeds - Add 2 tablespoons of these small seeds to a smoothie for 40 percent of your daily fiber requirements, as well as a generous contribution toward omega-3 needs. The gelatinous texture of chia seeds also helps thicken up a smoothie.
- Kale - Kale in a smoothie? This vitamin- and mineral-packed green is actually a delicious accompaniment for fruits and dairy. Team it up with citrus fruit or yogurt and a banana.
- Oatmeal - Who would have thought oatmeal was for sipping as well as spooning? You can mix it with a banana, almonds, cinnamon and almond milk to control your appetite while also preventing diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
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