Believe it or not, plants have plenty of protein! Protein is essential for every cell in the body as it helps to build and repair tissues — including muscles. Having protein in your diet, especially pre/post workout is essential for achieving your fit living goals. Looking to add more protein into your diet? Smoothies can be a great way to include nutritious ingredients and boost your protein intake. Here are some of our favorite protein packed add-ins:
Rolled Oats | 5 grams protein per one half cup
Not only a good source of protein, rolled oats are also filled with fiber and complex carbohydrates for long lasting energy. Gluten-free oats (although some brands may be processed in a facility with gluten) also contain a number of important vitamins and minerals. They are thought to help lower bad cholesterol levels, improve blood sugar control, and help relieve constipation. Try adding ¼ to ½ cup of rolled oats to your smoothie to enjoy the benefits.
Chia Seeds | 4.5 grams protein per two tablespoons
We love chia seeds! They are fairly bland in taste making them incredibly versatile in smoothies and other dishes. The little seeds also contain a ton of vitamins and minerals! A good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein chia seeds make a great addition to a smoothie. Add two tablespoons to your next blend.
Almond Butter | 7 grams protein per two tablespoons
Almond butter, or any nut butter, is a solid source of plant-based protein. Containing healthy fats, magnesium, and fiber, almonds are a healthy snack and smoothie add-in. Include two tablespoons of almond butter for extra protein.
Spirulina Powder | 8 grams protein per two tablespoons
This blue-green algae has been making an appearance in food blogs and healthy kitchens around the world. High in a number of important nutrients like iron and B vitamins, spirulina most frequently comes in a powdered form that is easy to add to beverages and mixes. Try adding 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder.
Broccoli | 3 grams protein per cup
Both broccoli and cauliflower can be an easy addition to your smoothie that enhances vitamins and minerals without altering the flavor. Broccoli is a little higher in protein and contains over 100% of your daily-recommended vitamins C and K per one cup serving. Include ½ cup + of broccoli raw or cooked in your next smoothie.
Raw Pumpkin Seeds | 7 grams protein per fourth cup
Pumpkin seeds are filled with magnesium, fiber, and iron. Furthermore, the seeds are a complete protein containing all 9 amino-acids humans need. Mix it up with up to ¼ cup of raw pumpkin seeds added to your smoothie next time! Looking for some inspiration? Try this delicious peaches + greens blend including kale and served in a cantaloupe bowl.
Kale | 3 grams protein per cup
Leafy greens like kale can be a great way to add protein to your smoothie! Kale is also an excellent source of vitamins C and A, helping to improve your immunity and protect cells against damage. Add up to a cup of kale with your favorite add-ins for a delicious green smoothie.
Svelte® Soy Protein Shakes | 8 grams protein per cup
Made with fresh, non-GMO soy milk and certified organic ingredients, Svelte® organic protein shakes are the perfect base for your next smoothie! With vitamins and minerals designed for sustained energy and plenty of protein and fiber — each shake works to curb your hunger and replenish your body. Add 1 cup+ to your next smoothie for a delicious plant-based boost. Available in creamy flavors like Chocolate, French Vanilla, Cappuccino, Spiced Chai, and Banana Crème, there are endless smoothie options!
Hemp Seed Hearts | 6.5 grams protein per two tablespoons
A great smoothie addition, hemp seed hearts have a fairly neutral flavor with a slight nutty taste. These little seeds will provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium, and iron to any meal. You can add two tablespoons of hemp seed hearts to a smoothie for added protein and more.
Avocado | 3.5 grams protein per half cup
Do you love avocados as much as we do?! Adding avocado fruit fresh or frozen to smoothies adds a wonderful creamy texture. Plus it is a great way to use browning avocados! To get more protein, healthy fats, and fiber try adding ½ avocado (roughly ½ cup) to your favorite smoothie recipes.
Including healthy plant-based proteins in your smoothie is a great way to increase your intake of valuable nutrients and boost energy!