Alrighty…so today I wanted to chat a little about protein and the OBSESSION so many seem to have with getting TONS of it. Every where I look it seems like people are trying to pack pounds of protein into everything. From yogurt to crackers, suddenly every package is covered in neon lettering to announce how much protein has been crammed into these items and unfortunately, many of these items are excessively processed in order to pack in the protein.
Since protein is an essential nutrient for the human body necessary for building and rebuilding tissues as well as a necessary energy source, you need to still make sure you incorporate healthy protein sources in your diet. Personally, I aim to get my protein from natural sources, such as lean meats, fish, dairy, legumes and nuts. Girls, gotta keep it real…and clean. (too much?)
The other protein trend seems to be protein bars or shakes, which I have to admit I’ve tried, but I have yet to find one that isn’t crap…uber processed, or GMO-laden. Ick. But, hey! Always up for another try…let me know if you find a good one! However, just because you don’t go for the protein shake powder doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the smoothie trend…I for one, have definitely been on a smoothie kick. Maybe it’s the fact that we got a new blender recently? Or that everywhere we look someone is blending up a kale concoction? But let’s be real. It’s basically because I can drink it as I walk to work. Talk about multi-tasking. So, if you’re looking for a filling, protein packed smoothie that isn’t made with some unknown powder…look no further friends!
Peanutty Banana PROTEIN Smoothie
1 medium banana
1 tsp unsweetened coco powder
1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
Small handful of spinach
Handful of ice
**Pop in the blender, blend until smooth, then drink it up!
Oh, ps. This makes a big smoothie! If you’re looking for a snack, split it with a friend. If it’s a meal, get a big glass
These nutrition facts are based on the exact ingredients and brands I used. Yours may differ slightly!