Until recently I really pushed protein within 20 minutes of finishing a weightlifting workout. We’re beginning to find that it’s ok before as well. Most important is how much protein you’re getting big picture.
I often see people making ‘protein smoothies’ just by adding some protein powder to an already very carb and sugar heavy smoothie.
This may be a ‘healthy’ choice but when a smoothie is carb and sugar heavy it will wipe out some of the benefit of higher protein. Higher protein is good for muscle building, weight loss, energy, sustained blood sugar and preventing inflammation. Here’s my staple smoothie recipe. Not too sweet…you’ll get used to it!
- 1/2 banana OR 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)- you can leave this out for an even higher protein:carb ratio
- 1 cup unsweetened pacific brand vanilla hemp milk
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 TBSP almond butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 30 g of protein from protein powder, organic whey protein if you eat dairy, pea protein or egg white protein if you don’t
- ice and additional water to taste and texture
- optional add-ins, any or all! a few cups of spinach or kale, 1-2 tsp spirulina, local bee pollen, acidophilus powder, ground flax seeds
Here is the nutritional profile (calculated in My Fitness Pal) for this recipe with and without the banana. If you use blueberries instead of banana it’s the same profile just 2 g lower for the carbs. Note also I chose different almond butters by happenstance in putting these recipes in, and there is a small difference in calories on the almond butter. It’s always good to double check the nutritional panel when you’re tracking food!
And no thank you, I would not like to submit this recipe to the MyFitnessPal recipe database!