3 must have protein smoothies

Well according to me that is.

Sometimes protein smoothies and convenience bars and foods get looked down on because they are not the healthiest of choices. And i am not saying that they are healthier than vegetables but I am saying that if using these things can help you make healthier choices in the big picture, it is not so bad.

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And for me personally,  they help because of convenience, the taste and the satiety they give me. Notice I said nothing about excluding bananas because they are high in sugar, how whey protein is the enemy or because processed foods are the enemy. Are they the ultimate choice of the gold standard for the perfect health food? No. But can they be used in moderation as part of a healthier diet? Sure.

So with that, here are 3 yummy protein shakes that I am loving right now. (Note. I am a fan of green juices and smoothies in addition to meals or snacks, but when it comes down to it, it breaks down into straight sugar so that is why I am an advocate of adding protein and or fat to my drinks).

Almost Fall Pumpkin Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup pumpkin, unsweetened (canned or fresh)
1 banana
1 cup mango
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Coconut Almond Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of unsweetend vanilla almond milk
  • 1 TBSP of almond butter
  • 1 Serving of chocolate protein powder of your choice
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Coconut Flakes to top

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Top with coconut flakes.

Pineapple Avocado Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapple

Directions:

1. Blend and enjoy!

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