Wondering why are protein smoothies making you fat, are still leaving you hungry, or just don’t like the taste. Here is why?
Contains Too Much Sugar – Adding too much sweeteners or high fructose fruits and veggies to your smoothie can do more harm than good. For weight-loss, limit the sugar unless it’s for a pre/post workout meal when your body will actually need it.
Eating Too Much or Too Little – Protein smoothies are a great meal replacement, but you shouldn’t replace all your meals. By not eating enough, you can cause your metabolism too slow down and store fatter. On the other hand, if your eating the same as before in addition to a smoothie then you maybe consuming too many calories.
Lacking Fiber and Fat – If your still hungry after having a smoothie, try including fiber and fat. Adding additional sources of fiber, like flax or chia seeds, will help control your blood sugar levels for longer lasting energy. Also adding good sources of fat, like avocado and nut butters, will keep you fuller longer.
Find the Protein For You – There are many different types of protein powders, such as whey, egg white, plant base, etc. Protein is derived from different sources, which affect you differently. They will also taste different too, so find which protein powder works best for you.
Quality Matters – Not all protein is equal. Some powders will contain artificial colors, fructose, aspartame, and other fillers that can cause weight gain or stomach to bloat. In addition, some protein powder will have a better biological value, which affects the protein absorption. So before selecting a protein powder, check reviews and read labels.
Try Different Recipes – There so many combination of fruit, veggies, liquid base, proteins, and toppings to make protein smoothies. Have fun and experiment to find new ways to enjoy your smoothie. Here are some delicious protein smoothie recipes that I am excited to try:
- Apricot Coconut Protein Smoothie
- Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake
- Mango Lassi Protein Smoothie
- Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
- Black Forest Protein Shake
- The Oats and Banana Meal Replacement Shake
- Macha Pear Green Protein Smoothie
- Pumpkin Spice Protein Frappuccino