By Meredith Sheldon
Need a quick fix after an intense workout? Whipping up the perfect protein smoothie blend will boost your mood and fuel your tired muscles.
If your smoothies aren’t satisfying your stomach and your body, you might want to try adding these healthy ingredients to give you the energy you need.
Peanut butter is a good source of protein, but it can be extremely high in fat. Cut the calories and fats by adding this powdered peanut butter to your protein shakes.
Two tablespoons of regular peanut butter has about 200 calories and 15 grams of fat, while two tablespoons of PB2 has 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. You still get the same nutty flavor in your shake without the added fats and calories.
Rich in vitamin E, vitamin D, calcium and protein, this dairy-free milk is significantly lower in calories and carbs than regular whole milk. Look for the unsweetened almond milks that don’t have added sugars.
If your stomach is still grumbling after you sip your smoothie, you are not getting enough protein. Try adding Vega protein, a plant-based protein that is high in omega-3s, fiber, antioxidants and probiotics.
Banana powder or bananas
No one likes a chalky smoothie. Give your smoothie some consistency and your muscles some potassium by adding a banana to your boosted blend.
Flax or chia seeds
These seeds are two high-fiber super foods that will be great additives to your shakes.
Chia seeds are very rich in omega-3s, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. According to Men’s Health, they also have five times more calcium than milk.
Flax seeds are also fiber-full and can help you feel full. If you are the type of person that has an infinite appetite, try adding some flax seeds to your smoothie.