Natural Protein Smoothie Options
In light of our last blog post Some Protein Powders are Unsafe: Study, I’ve had several people ask me about clean proteins. Yes, it IS possible to add protein to your smoothie without a protein powder.
Protein powders are admittedly convenient. A scoop in your smoothie and bam! You’ve got your protein fix. But using whole food protein sources isn’t at all difficult – the only requirement is making the usual trips to the grocery store!
Some of our favourite protein adds to smoothies are as follows:
Kale and hemp seeds
Hemp seeds contain 13 grams of protein per three tablespoons which makes them a fantastic source of protein. Throw those into your smoothie along with one cup of kale and your protein intake has bounced up the chart to 18 grams! Bonus points for hemp come in as the seed’s healthy fats help your body absorb other healthy nutrients such as the Vitamin A, E, and K found in kale. A win-win protein combination if you ask us.
Almond butter and chia seeds
While we’re talking about seeds, chia is not only a great source of protein (two tablespoons on average provide five grams of protein), it is also a great source of magnesium and potassium. Raw and unsalted almond butter is the best to use and two tablespoons of its nuttiness will give you about seven grams of protein. The grand total is about 12 grams of protein.
Oats and pumpkin seeds
We’re not done with preaching the power of seeds just yet! Some consider pumpkin seeds to be one of the healthiest foods in the world as they are jam-packed with power health benefits. Just ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds (raw, sprouted) contains 180 calories, 220 milligrams of potassium, seven grams of protein, and zero sugar. They’re also considered to be one of the best sources of the mineral zinc, which helps regulate cell production in the immune system. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most alkaline seeds around and contain five grams of protein per ¼ cup. Their high, healthy fat content protects your heart and your brain. Throw the seeds into the blender along with and equal ¼ cup oats and you’ve got yourself 13 grams of protein.