If you’re a fitness buff, gym rat, exercise enthusiast, or whatever name suits someone who enjoys being physically active, save this recipe now because there’s no doubt you’re going to love this smoothie recipe. Lifting weights, running, swimming, yoga, Pilates, and playing sports are all excellent forms of exercise. In fact, any physical activity performed for a certain amount of time can be considered as exercise.
Exercising on a regular basis is one of the best ways an individual can improve his or her overall health and well-being but there’s more to it than that. Exercise puts strain on the body which is why post-workout nutrition is so important. To help your body recover well, you need to feed it with essential nutrients.
Experts agree that consuming a sufficient amount of protein is vital for those who are active. (1) Eating lean meats and fish are great protein sources but not everyone has the time to cook. An easy, fast and convenient way to meet your daily protein requirements is by consuming protein shakes.
What’s The Fuss With Whey Protein?
Walk into any health food store or the health aisle in your grocery and you’re most likely going to find shelves filled with tubs of whey protein. First thing’s first, what exactly is whey protein? Without going too much into detail, whey is a byproduct of milk when cheese is being made. The milk goes through several microfiltration processes that separates the curds and the liquid whey. The liquid whey is then dried to form whey protein powder concentrate.
Whey concentrate is at least 80% – 90% pure protein and is great for all types of smoothies. When whey concentrate is further filtered, it becomes whey isolate. Whey isolate is a 95% pure protein with less fat and carbohydrates when compared to whey concentrate. (2) Making protein smoothies with whey isolate powder will have a waterier texture but a higher amount of protein. Furthermore, whey protein comes in a variety of flavors and often times, people consume their protein by itself. At first, you might enjoy the taste of the whey protein alone but sooner or later, you’re going to get tired of it. Eventually, you may even be sick of it!
One way to change the taste of your whey protein is to make a smoothie. Adding fruits, vegetables and other ingredients will definitely help change the flavor of your whey protein to a new exciting flavor. Here’s a recipe that we know will make a ridiculously good protein smoothie!
The ingredients for this recipe are simple and easy to find. In fact, they’re probably already sitting in your refrigerator or kitchen counter. All you need is 1 large ripe banana that’s been sliced and frozen, ½ a small ripe avocado chopped into pieces, 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (it can be concentrate or isolate), ¼ cup of frozen spinach or 1 cup of fresh spinach, 1 cup of milk, and ½ to 1 cup of ice. Put all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until the mixture is smooth. That’s it! It only takes 5 minutes to prepare one of the best protein smoothies you’ll probably ever have.
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Ridiculously Good Protein Smoothie (With a Spinach Boost)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1 large ripe banana, sliced and frozen
½ small ripe avocado, chopped
1 scoop (1 oz) vanilla whey protein powder
¼ cup frozen spinach (or 1 cup fresh spinach)
1 cup milk
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.