Protein powders are an easy and convenient way to boost the protein content of your smoothies, and if you’ve found a protein powder you like, that’s great. However, many people find the taste, texture, or idea of protein powders displeasing. Fear not! There are several ways you can boost the protein content of your smoothies using whole foods.
Starting with a protein-rich liquid base is a surefire way to boost the protein content of your smoothie. Good high-protein options include cow’s milk or soymilk, both of which boast 8 grams of protein per cup. Greek yogurt is a protein superstar with an average of 17 grams in a single (6-ounce) serving. Oat milk also contains a moderate amount of protein, usually around 4 grams per cup. Nut milks such as almond milk contain less protein—only around 1 gram per cup—but can still make a great base for a protein-rich smoothie depending on what else you add in.
Many of the mix-ins we love in our smoothies for taste and texture can also help to increase the protein content.
Depending on how you combine some of these ingredients, you can end up with a mighty powerful protein smoothie based entirely on whole foods.
So, as you can see, building a protein-rich smoothie entirely from whole foods can be just as easy and convenient as using a protein powder—and, dare I say, even more delicious!
This post was originally published on August 31, 2014.
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