Check out this scrumptious green protein smoothie! My hubby surprised me today by whipping us up an early liquid lunch. Many of his concoctions are functional, but not tasty so you can imagine my surprise when I sipped this refreshing drink.
He created this drink to get more protein without all the yucky stuff. To achieve our next nutrition and fitness goals, we need to focus on clean protein. As a quick rule of thumb, we are trying to get as many grams of protein as we would like to weigh. For example, if you want to weigh 120 lbs, then you would consume 120 grams of protein.
Protein is actually available from a number of sources, including plants. My personal favorite is spirulina. It has approximately 4 grams of protein in every tablespoon, the amount I add to a juice or smoothie. But since I usually only have it once or twice a day, that won’t get me to my protein goals.
Soy is the only plant based source of complete protein. Other vegan options have protein, but they lack one or more essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein). When a nutrient is called essential, it means that our bodies can not make them and they must be ingested in our diet.
Soy milk makes a terrific base for many of our smoothies and can help bring the protein levels in your drink up a bit. There is typically 7 grams of protein in a cup of unfortified soy milk. Some manufacturers have higher values of protein and other nutrients. Make sure you read labels carefully.
It wasn’t all that long ago that people saw me slurping my protein shake at work and they would crinkle up their noses and let me know how awful they thought it was. Today, it seems like everyone is supplementing their diets with a protein shake or bar. If you choose to add protein powder to your juices and smoothies, you can greatly increase the amount of protein you consume. However, you can also increase the amount of toxins you put in your body too if you are not careful.
To avoid any unwanted byproducts, I like to use an all natural, raw protein. Currently I am using this one from Garden of Life. It is certified organic, raw, and vegan and delivers 17 grams of complete protein, meaning that none of the essential amino acids are missing. The unflavored version is best for juicing and smoothies, but the vanilla one can be delicious in some fruit smoothies!
Today, the hubby used the raw protein and our Green Superfood by Amazin Grass. A green powder made from alkalizing greens, antioxidant rich fruits and support herbs, it provides a powerful dose of nutrients to your drink. You can mix this powder with any type of liquid base for an additional 2 grams of protein with your nutrients.
Protein comes in a number of different forms and each of us has very different goals. No matter what you’re own goal is, take a little time to read labels and get the cleanest protein you can.
Dan’s Lean Green Protein Machine
makes 2 medium smoothies
1 green apple
1 red apple
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
2 cups water
1 scoop raw protein powder
1 scoop Green Superfood
Combine all ingredients in a blender un til smooth and velvety. Add more water to get the texture you desire.Pin It