top 9 proteins for smoothies

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Nutrition, Recipes6 Comments

Top 9 Smoothie Proteins

Do you eat breakfast every morning?

Be honest!

Breakfast is a great way to kickstart your metabolism when you wake up, and it gives you the energy to get out the door for a great day. But what you put in your breakfast matters.

A reader recently asked me for low-carb breakfast ideas. When I get low-carb requests I usually want to do some myth-busting.  I’m not a low-carb aficionado.  Or low-fat.  Or low-protein.  Alright, maybe low-protein hasn’t swept across the country yet but… just in case.

Anyway, as I was preparing my reasons for why we shouldn’t hate on carbs so much, it hit me: many breakfast foods are just carbs.  Carbs aren’t the enemy, but most of the common breakfast foods in North America are absolutely chock full of simple carbs.

Breakfast cereals: simple carbs

Toast and jam: simple carbs

Eggos: simple carbs

Muffins: simple carbs

This person probably wasn’t looking to go all Atkins and cut out every single gram of carb. Anything that’s actually balanced would be low-carb in comparison!

What does balanced mean? There are three main components to food that provide use with calories: carbs, fat, and protein. It’s important for our meals to contain all three.

How to Stay Fuller for Longer

These parts of food fill us up the most and prevent us from returning to the kitchen sooner:

Protein: Work by slowing down stomach emptying

Fats: Work to curb consumption by creating a pleasant mouthfeel and taste. They also slow down stomach emptying somewhat

Soluble fibre: Slow digestion by increasing the thickness of food going through the digestive tract. Essentially, they get in the way of the body’s ability to digest food quickly

The Benefit of Protein at Breakfast

There’s also evidence that a protein rich breakfast can make a huge impact on your overall health. It can help you get in tune with your internal cues for hunger and fullness. It can even reduce your cravings for snacks throughout the day!

(hey! I have a whole e-book full of high protein, high fibre breakfast recipes!)

Power your day

 

How to Get Protein at Breakfast

Eggs are the classic protein for breakfast. Unfortunately, my stomach turns at the thought of them in the morning. If you can do eggs in the morning, do it! Eggs are amazing and healthy!

Smoothies can also be a great method for boosting the amount of protein you eat at breakfast. Here are my favourite protein sources for smoothies. Notice how protein powders didn’t make the list? I don’t find anything wrong with protein powders and they can benefit people who are looking to build or maintain muscle mass for either recreational purposes or as a result of a medical condition. However, they’re unnecessary for most people and are rather expensive so I recommend that people eat protein naturally found in everyday foods!

Go grab a blender and get your smoothie on. Just don’t forget my cautionary tale about smoothies!

Grams of protein in ½ a cup
Cottage Cheese14.3
Greek Yogurt12
Skim Milk Powder12.6
Tofu18
Pasteurized Egg Whites12.8
Grams of protein in 2 tablespoons
Hemp Hearts6.5
Chia Seeds3.5
Almond Butter4.9
Peanut Butter7.4

If your smoothies would be better categorized as “chunkies” then click here for tips on how to get the perfect smoothie! 

Since you’re probably wondering how to add some of those weird ingredients in the table above, here are some recipe ideas to get that protein into your next smoothie:

Cottage CheesePeaches n Cream Smoothie
Greek YogurtChocolate PB Smoothie
Skim (or Whole) Milk PowderCarrot Cake Smoothie
TofuHigh Protein Pina Colada
Pasteurized Egg WhitesWatermelon Lime
Hemp HeartsPeaches n Cream Smoothie
Chia Seeds Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Almond ButterPumpkin Almond Spice Smoothie
Peanut ButterChocolate PB Smoothie

 

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6 Comments on “top 9 proteins for smoothies”

  1. Love this so much! A healthy breakfast does not have to be super time consuming, but staying away from the simple carb breakfast foods that most people go for is so important. Yay for starting off the day with more protein!

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