The humble protein shake has become an almost essential part of the gym rat’s diet, thanks to the simple and cost-effective way of adding muscle building protein to your daily routine. While there are various different kinds of protein powder out there, they all essentially perform the same function – helping you get more protein in your diet.
Those who consume protein shakes on a regular basis can take advantage of the nutritional benefits of various healthy foods which can easily be incorporated into their diet by simply adding them to their daily shake. Here we’ll look at some of the best foods to add to a protein shake.
Ground flax is an ideal way of adding some fibre and omega 3 to your diet. It has been linked to better digestion and even increased metabolism, and the fibre and protein will help keep you full if you’re trying to cut weight. The omega 3 has numerous benefits as well, including better joint health and improved skin. You can find more benefits of flaxseed here.
Packed full of nutrients and one of the most alkalising foods out there, spinach is one thing that most of us could do with more of in our lives. It can help reduce inflammation and can help improve post workout recovery, and has a ton of other health benefits. While some people may struggle to get things like spinach and kale into their diet daily, adding it to a protein shake it about as easy as it gets. Just add a handful to your blender when making your shake for a nutritional boost.
While protein shakes are one of the most efficient ways of meeting your macronutrient goals, it’s pretty rare that you’ll find one that tastes great. One way of vastly improving the taste without the addition of sugar or any other potentially unhealthy additives is to throw in a handful of berries. They’re sweet, low sugar, full of vitamin C and fibre to give you a healthy and nutritious addition to your shake.
Avocado is very much the darling of the health and fitness community at the moment and it’s hard to argue with that reputation. They pack a huge nutritional punch, are full of healthy fat and fibre, can help lower cholesterol and there are many more benefits of adding avocado to your diet. Avocado powder is a fairly new product, so there are only a few places to get it online at the moment, but expect this to be big next year.
Almond butter has really taken over from peanut butter as a go-to healthy fat source over the past couple of years, largely because of the increased levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, as well as more calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. While it may not be as well known as peanut butter, it’s popularity is rising and it should be available at most health food stores. Adding a tablespoon to your protein shake will help you to load up on healthy fat, and it tastes absolutely fantastic. Try it with vanilla or chocolate protein for a desert-like snack.