I mentioned at the end of last week that I've felt constantly hungry for a while, despite trying to eat healthier and eating tons of protein at meals. Ironically, I feel most full after I replace a meal with a protein smoothie. I usually drink a protein smoothie in the morning before working out (replacing breakfast) or instead of lunch after working out. I haven't figured out which one I prefer just yet.
I used to poke fun at people who replaced meals with protein shakes until I became one of them, and now I see what the hype is all about! I love love love the combo I have created and it keeps me full just as long as a regular meal does! The big issue with a lot of protein shakes is that they can be quite a lot of calories, but after working out I would much rather drink a healthy, protein-packed fruit smoothies than waste those extra calories on something worse for me. (And trust me, I'm a big fan of pizza and tacos, but there's a time and place for everything.)
Another great thing about protein shakes is how customizable they are! You can make chocolate shakes, fruit shakes, peanut butter shakes, and more! The options are endless.
What you need:
1 banana (124 cals.)
1 cup strawberries (54 cals.)
3/4 cup peaches (38 cals.)
1 scoop protein powder (I use vanilla flavor) (130 cals.)
1 tbsp chia seeds (60 cals.)
Making the whole thing around 400 cals, which is a lot, but it's worth it to me.
For the most part, these are the recommended serving sizes. I usually just do frozen fruit, except for the bananas. If I have a fresh mango, I'll sub in half of one for the peaches. Bananas are a lot of calories (so if I'm running out of extra calories I'll only do half), but they're packed full of "good carbs" and potassium that you need before and after working out, so it's worth it I promise.
Chia seeds are a superfood that help the body stay hydrated and helps YOU kick cravings. They're full of fiber and protein and help you stay full longer. The recommended serving size of chia seeds is 3 tablespoons, but I only do one because I love eating and don't want to stay full for too long!
There are protein powders that have less calories than the one I use, but I'm trying to use the one that I have until I buy more. I'm all ears for recommendations! After everything is in, I fill the cup with water until most of the fruit is covered.
I seriously drink this smoothie several times per week, and can see myself taking this on the go as a working adult! Don't you think people look much more "chic" when they're drinking their food instead of stuffing a bagel in their face? (KIDDING, I love bagels, but I have to justify this in some way!)
Do you drink protein shakes? What do you put in yours?
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