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33 High-Protein Smoothie Recipes Everyone Should Try

33 High-Protein Smoothie Recipes Everyone Should Try

Do you want to add more protein to your daily diet? If so, you’re not alone. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle and are vital for your health and wellness. Who doesn’t want a little extra protein power to kickstart the metabolism and get your body burning more fat?

Not everyone has time to panfry a steak every day. Luckily, there’s an easier way — smoothies! These yummy treats in a glass are quick and pack as much protein as a full omelet breakfast on the go. They can also be made fast to fit into any part of your day, whether you need a quick breakfast as you run out the door or a post-workout pick-me-up. So, mix up a few of these sweet rewards and sip away — you won’t believe they’re good for you!

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    Breakfast

    Protein source: cottage cheese, milk, chia seeds

    Whoever thought to roast strawberries? Taking time for this extra step can give a serious flavor blast to sleepy taste buds. Also, if you’re not a Greek yogurt fan, try the cottage cheese for a tasty alternative.

    Protein source: Greek yogurt

    This tropical taste will send your senses back to places of hammocks and ocean breezes. Your body will also appreciate the antioxidant powerhouse of berries, citrus, and banana.

    Protein source: peanut butter, Greek yogurt

    This monster is anything but scary, but it does pack a nutrient arsenal to rival the Hulk’s smashing power. However, if you’re allergic to peanuts, try one of these peanut butter alternatives.

    Protein source: flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp protein powder

    While some people don’t enjoy the taste of kale, give this one a try. The banana and berries sweeten up the more earthy tastes so you can forget that it’s good for you!

    5. Coffee Banana Smoothie

    Protein source: Greek yogurt, flax seeds

    Sometimes, it’s just tough to get moving in the morning without that caffeine kick. If you need a little energy jolt to your smoothie, mix your yogurt, banana, and coffee all together in one convenient cup of sunshine.

    Protein source: almonds, protein powder

    Coconut oil is all the rage — and for good reason! It’s a healthy oil packed full of lauric acid, which helps the body fight disease, and the saturated fats are great for everything beginning from superficial skincare to deep-down digestive health. The almonds and spices pair nicely with the coconut to prove that you don’t have to give up your sweet tooth to be healthy.

    Protein source: milk, egg, whey powder

    Who doesn’t like a warm cup of hot chocolate bringing heat back into icy fingers? Now, you won’t have to feel like you’re crashing your diet with this healthy version of your best childhood memories’ drink of snow men and sledding.

    Protein source: Greek yogurt, dairy milk

    Antioxidant-rich blueberries and mango make this smoothie a great reason to wake up hungry! It’s the perfect mix of tropical fruit and forest berries.

    Protein source: Peanut butter, flax seeds

    If you like oatmeal and bananas for breakfast, you will love this smoothie. The peanut butter makes it taste like a milkshake and the oats make sure you stay satiated all morning.

    Protein source: Greek yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds

    Are you in a hurry to get out the door because you hit the snooze too many times? Then this is your perfect breakfast! You’re only five minutes away from a sweet meal on the go!

    Protein source: chia seeds

    Who says green smoothies have to taste healthy? This drink packs all the health benefits of the green, while balancing the sweetness of the banana with the tang from the kiwi.

    12. Almond and Cookie Butter Protein Shake

    Protein source: protein powder, almond butter

    A breakfast that sounds like a dessert? I’m sold! The cookie butter (which is just gingerbread cookie crumbs mixed with almond butter) sounds like it wouldn’t be allowed on any healthy diet plan. However, the nutritional quality of the protein-rich smoothie more than makes up for it. It’s a little naughty with a lot of nice!

    Protein source: chia seeds

    The strawberry banana smoothie has stood the test of time for one reason — it works! The chia seeds give it the extra protein staying power to keep you moving all morning. If you want an extra kick of protein, try the power food spirulina. This blue-green algae is an easy addition to any fruity drink, and brings an action-packed arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein.

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      Protein source: peanut butter, whey protein powder

      If you want to cut the bread out but miss this nostalgic sandwich, then this is your smoothie. It’s packed with berries, peanut butter, rolled oats, and whey protein powder to give you a new twist on a classic.

      Protein source: hemp hearts

      If your afternoons tend to feel like a battle, then it’s time to go on the offense! The protein source in this smoothie, hemp hearts, gives you 15 grams of power protein — the equivalent of 2.5 eggs.

      16. Kale, Banana, Chia, and Hemp Superfood Smoothie

      Protein source: hemp and chia seeds

      If you’re craving sugar to sweeten up your smoothies, try the pitted dates in this recipe. They’re a natural sweetener that will curb any sugar craving without the added sugars. Just remember to soak the dates before you blend them so they break down easier.

      17. Papaya Ginger Smoothie

      Protein source: Greek yogurt

      If you’re feeling a bit green or having digestive issues, try this smoothie for lunch. Both the papaya and ginger are great for digestion and reducing nausea.

      Protein source: protein powder, Greek yogurt

      If you want to break the rules and have a breakfast smoothie for lunch, give this one a try! Your kitchen can serve breakfast all day — it’s allowed!

      Protein source: vegan protein powder

      We’ve all heard about the power of green tea, but did you know you could get those same benefits in a smoothie? Just sprinkle a half teaspoon of matcha powder — or finely ground green tea — into this power drink for all the benefits of this ancient medicinal drink in a smoothie. You’ll also love all the advantages of healthy fats from the avocados!

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        Protein source: protein powder

        Chocolate lovers rejoice! This protein-packed shake is good for an afternoon boost, or any time you’re craving that antioxidant-rich indulgence of dark chocolate.

        Protein source: protein powder

        This has all of the coffee shop swagger with none of the guilt. This latte-like reward uses bananas and chocolate protein powder instead of the sugar and syrup of the big coffee brands. Although, you can still sit at an outside table if you want to have the full experience.

        Protein source: Greek yogurt, milk, peanut butter

        Do you like Reese’s but don’t like the sugar and empty calories? Then give this candy-inspired smoothie a try!

        Protein source: Greek yogurt, quinoa, chia seeds

        Quinoa is a complete protein-packed grain containing all nine essential amino acids, while also being a great source of fiber, iron, and magnesium. When you add bananas, vanilla almond milk, and strawberries, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and strong.

        Protein source: Greek yogurt

        If you’re a fruit salad fan, try this creamy mix of honey, Greek yogurt, and cantaloupe!

        Protein source: chia seeds, Greek yogurt

        Like piña coladas? Then this is your smoothie! Mixing the coconut milk with the pineapple mimics the signature cocktail’s popular taste. Yet, the rolled oats, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt pack in the nutrients. So grab your tiny drink umbrella, your shades, and a lawn chair and enjoy!

        Protein source: almond butter, protein powder, milk

        Don’t use that cherry on top to add to your pretty pleases! Unless you’re begging for this smoothie source of cherry goodness!

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          Protein source: protein powder

          If you’re craving a dessert that won’t ruin all your sweat equity on the treadmill, try blending carrot juice, banana, almond milk, and cinnamon together to create a healthy reward!

          Protein source: almond butter, protein powder

          If you’re not a spinach fan, but you want the health benefits, try adding a ripe banana to sweeten the taste. Channel your inner Popeye without tasting it!

          Protein source: almond butter, protein powder

          This milkshake from Clean Green Drinks will have you craving green! The spinach brings all the health but none of the taste, as the banana, coconut milk, and vanilla protein powder sweetens up the party in your mouth.

          Protein source: protein powder, cashews

          While all of these smoothies are great sources of protein, the super food turmeric sets this smoothie apart. If you’re worried about sore muscles, combat them with this anti-inflammatory spice that’s packed with antioxidants!

          Protein source: protein powder

          While the pomegranate may be one of the oldest known fruits, its health benefits are as relevant today as in ancient times. This fruit contains plenty of fiber for digestive health, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants providing anti-inflammatory benefits.

          Protein source: protein powder

          After a hot shower to rinse off all of that hardcore sweat, try a smoothie that will remind you of your favorite ice cream without the danger of undoing all of your hard work in the gym.

          Protein source: almonds

          We are keeping it simple! After all, you’ve worked hard enough! Try this three-ingredient smoothie of dates for sweetness, almonds for protein and fiber, and strawberries for antioxidants. Simple never tasted so good!

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          Last Updated on November 12, 2020

          Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

          Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

          If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

          If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

          In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

          What Happens When You’re Too Tired

          If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

          Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

          • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
          • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
          • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
          • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
          • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
          • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
          • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

          Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

          Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

          Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

          1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
          2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
          3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

          The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

          Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

          You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

          Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

          If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

          Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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          Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

          Symptoms of fatigue include:

          • Difficulty concentrating
          • Low stamina
          • Difficulty sleeping
          • Anxiety
          • Low motivation

          These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

          Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

          How Much Sleep Is Enough?

          The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

          Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

          Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

            The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

            Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

            Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

            If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

            It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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            4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

            Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

            1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
            2. Exercising regularly
            3. Using stressbusters
            4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

            After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

            I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

            Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

            • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
            • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
            • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
            • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

            The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

            Living Healthy

            Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

            In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

            As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

            Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

            1. Unplug

            Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

            Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

            2. Unwind

            Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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            3. Get Comfortable

            Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

            Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

            Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

            This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

            Exercise

            Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

            That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

            I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

            If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

            Attitude

            Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

            When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

            But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

            Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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            1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
            2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
            3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
            4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
            5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
            6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

            This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

            When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

            Nutrition

            Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

            If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

            Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

            Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

            1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
            2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
            3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
            4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
            5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
            6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
            7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
            8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
            9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

            Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

            That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

            Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

            The Bottom Line

            If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

            If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

            Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

            More Tips to Stop Feeling Tired All the Time

            Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

            Reference

            [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
            [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
            [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
            [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
            [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
            [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
            [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
            [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
            [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
            [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
            [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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