Protein powders are no longer limited to the body builders and athletes, they have now found themselves on the shelves of not only health food stores, but grocery stores and local drug stores.
One protein shake a day, could be used for weight loss, as it fills you up, and curbs that appetite, especially after a workout. Just make sure you have a few ingredients on hand so that you can make a protein shake with a different flavor base each day.
A healthy dose of protein in the morning has been known to help stabilize blood sugar to stop those hunger pangs, and help you stick to your good eating plan. So if you are not a big breakfast eater, you could make a protein shake for breakfast and feel full for the morning.
You have heard of protein shakes, but do you want to know how to make a protein shake?
It is quite easy, if you have some basic ingredients around the house. But first of all you have to decide what type of protein powder to use.
The most common to make a protein shake with, is whey powder. This is created from the protein in milk. So if you have problems with milk, then this is not for you. But if you are OK with milk, then you can use this to make a protein shake of your choice.
If you do not want a whey based protein, you can find soy, egg, or rice. All are a protein based powder and can be used to make a protein shake. Just make sure and read the labels carefully so you know which base you are getting.
Here are a couple of great recipes to get you started on how to make a protein shake:
Things You Will Need
Chocolate Banana Protein Shake
(This one is a great shake if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, but still good for you!)
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (whey, or soy, or rice protein powder)
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cocoa powder (plain)
1 cup of low fat milk or low fat soy milk
4 ice cubes.
Throw all of the above in a blender and enjoy. You will absolutely love this if you are a chocolate lover, and at the same time get a good dose of protein. This would make a great breakfast drink, if you are not a big breakfast eater, or after a workout.
Chocolate Strawberry Protein Shake
2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (your choice of the protein base)
one cup of water (8 ounces)
6 ice cubes
8 large strawberries, cleaned.
Throw the above in a blender and enjoy. The protein flavors have got better than they used to be, you no longer have to choke down that bland powder that just wouldn't mix very well.
To make a protein shake now, you have so much choice. There are vanilla based protein powders as well as chocolate, and when mixed with fruit and milk and other ingredients, they make a great tasting protein shake.
So after a good workout, make sure and have some ingredients to make a protein shake around the house, so you can quickly throw them in a blender, rather than reaching for something that may not be as healthy for you. If you are not a big fruit eater, this is a great way to get a serving of fruit into your day
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