Many gym fanatics see protein shakes as an essential, after all they can fill your body with all the nutrients it needs after a hard workout, burn fat, boost energy and more importantly build muscle like a pro. more often than not we end up in a rut with the same old dull protein shake.
Take it beyond just protein shake and milk, the ingredients below will help you make the perfect protein shake, they will massively improve your shake and taste a hundred times better.
Ice cubes certainly make a smoothie cooler but can also water it down, looking at this another way, bananas give a tempered sweetness along with a creamy desert like texture. After a workout a frozen banana will help push recovery nutrients into tattered muscles. To freeze, simply peel a ripe banana, chop into thirds and freeze on a baking sheet, store the frozen banana pieces in a zip lock bag until you need a shake.
Many smoothie recipes call for fruit juices like oranges or apples. But pairing a smoothie with fruit can add lots of sugar into your bloodstream, this can be ok during an arduous workout where you can benefit from the sugar boost but mostly you are better a smoothie is best served with fresh milk or an unsweetened non-dairy beverage like almond milk and coconut water as a base and relying on whole fruit for a sweet kick.
Making a blender creation it is time to go nuts for almond butter, not only does this great spread instill shakes with richness it also beats peanut butter when it comes to heart healthy monounsaturated fat and the bone building mineral trio calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. The healthy fat will help give the drink more staying power.
Your tastebuds will appreciate that velvety, delicious thickness of Greek yogurt. Greek Yogurt is packed with protein. calcium and probiotics. Be sure to use plain Greek yogurt to avoid taking in processed sugars, also consider going for organic versions too which makes sure cows did not get loads of antibiotics and hormones.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? cacao powder is a great way to add taste without all the extra calories from fat and sugar. When caco butter is pressed from ground cacao beans it leaves behind a cakey substance that can be ground into a fine powder making cocoa powder. Navitas Naturals offer raw cacao powder instead of ‘dutch processed’ which is treated with alkali to make it milder but can get rid of the healthy flavonoid antioxidants, cacao powder is also a good source of fat-fighting fiber and energy boosting iron.
These are also known as hemp hearts, these can instantly make your shakes better, a subdued cousin of cannabis delivers a great nutty flavour along with a good level of protein, around 10g per three TBSP serving and contains all the amino acids necessary to form a complete protein, a plant-based protein with lots of muscle power.
The seeds are also laced with Omega fatty acids and magnesium, a mineral associated with lowered heart problems.
This is the wild card ingredient in the shake. When it comes to how much antioxidants something packs then this is much better than regular green tea, it is made by finely grinding tea leaves into a very fine verdant powder with a clean grassy sweet taste.
A study performed at the University Of Colorado found that when Matcha is consumed you can take in up to 137 times more antioxidant power than simply drinking regular green tea. Scientists have also discovered that combining exercise with an increased intake of green tea antioxidants helps with the burning of belly blubber.
Look for Matcha online in specialist tea shops.
Place all ingredients in order into a blender and blend until smooth.
Hopefully this short guide should give you some kind of idea as to what to put into making the best protein shake and actually help you make even more progression going forwards.
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